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Doc Rivers: ‘Just glad’ Austin Rivers is playing while Avery Bradley provides ‘great news’

Sometimes Celtics [1] head coach Doc Rivers [2] sounds a lot like Bill Belichick [3].

Such was the case Wednesday pre-game when he was told that Avery Bradley [4] told reporters he’s “maybe a week or two” from returning to practice after a pair of shoulder surgeries.

“Is that right? That’s great to hear,” Rivers said with a hearty laugh and smile. “I’m very happy to hear the news! Honestly, I didn’t know that because I don’t check. [Trainer Eddie Lacerte] will tell us when it’s time. I don’t focus on that stuff, guys being out. I have to focus on the guys wearing the uniform. With Avery, I talk to him every day and see how he’s doing, and I kid him about it but I don’t really ask.”

Rivers also spoke about his son Austin playing for the New Orleans Hornets [5], who may be on the verge of changing their name. Names like the Pelicans and Brass have been thrown out there to give the team a more regional flare. “I’m just glad he’s playing,” Rivers said.

On the return of Greg Stiemsma [6]: “I’d love to have him here but I’m happy for him. He took advantage of a great situation, and I’m glad he did. He was terrific here.”

On Kevin Garnett [7] and his impact on the Celtics and Timberwolves [8]: “There’s a Hall of Fame and then there’s a table at the Hall of Fame Kevin has a table at the Hall of Fame”

Rivers said that Leandro Barbosa [9] showed up Wednesday and will dress but is hoping to stay away from playing him as he is still under the weather.