|Transcript of Wyc Grousbeck with Dale & Holley||06.15.09 at 1:35 pm ET|
On if it was painful to see the Lakers win the title: ‘It was. Having had the trophy it’s always disappointing to see someone else win it. We’re going to try and knock them off their perch next year.’
On Red Auerbach vs. Phil Jackson: ‘I stand with Red. He assembled and coached his teams. He would even arrange trips to Europe and Russia. Sometimes he’d even drive the bus. His fingerprints are on every single one of those banners.’
On the Celtics’ chances of repeating had they stayed healthy: ‘I think that’s for losers to think that way. I don’t think that’s an out.’
On Kevin Garnett‘s rehab/recovery: ‘We are extremely excited. He’s been in the facility everyday, and most of the team’s been there as well.’
Comparing Kobe Bryant and Paul Pierce: ‘There are different ways to look at that.
You have to give [Kobe] his due. I like our team and will focus on helping Danny [Ainge] improve it for next year.’
Addressing recently swirling trade rumors: ‘What not many people realize is how many calls are made and received throughout the league. We had a starting five that went a record 27-2. We can also offer someone a full max contract to someone next summer.’
On his views of the NBA’s salary cap: ‘I didn’t really care about it as a fan. I wanted to put together an ownership group that would be able to put the best team on the floor and win. I’ll go find the money, and we’ll go in for another banner. The league has things in place to keep a lot of that from happening but we have a good revenue sharing system between the players and the owners in place. There’s a lot of sharing in between.’
On the important free agency summer of 2010: ‘There is a scenario under which we could do that.’
On the economy’s impact on the Celtics: ‘We start with the fans and thank them for their support. I think we have something like 110 sellouts in a row, and the stuck with us despite injuries. We’re lucky to have them. They help attract free agents who want to play in front of these fans. We don’t want to be smug about how well we’re doing; we just want to thank our fans. We’re fortunate to also have been able to keep season ticket prices the same for this year.’
On NBA officiating: ‘I think they’re trying really hard. I can’t say it’s getting better. Each call and non-call gets looked at by the league and gets graded. Just by studying those figures, there’s no lack of effort, but it’s not getting better. Why don’t you worry about winning and the officiating last?’
On how the NBA does business: ‘If there are issues, the league office will resolve it.’
On how much stock the C’s put into a player’s character before signing: ‘It’s a big deal. It’s good to see the players we drafted out of high school like Kendrick Perkins go to a charity dinner and then later in the evening ask us if it’s okay to leave. We told him it was perfectly fine. He left this dinner to work out at 10:30 at night. We tell out players that they’re going to participate on and off the court. If not, they’re gone.’
On guard Stephon Marbury: ‘He did his part character-wise. He lived up to his word that he wanted to be a good teammate. It didn’t entirely work out as we and he had hoped.’
On the impending NBA Draft: “It won’t be a snooze with Danny at the helm. He’s made draft-day trades every year. He’s always working on deals that day, so we’ll see what happens.’
On Danny Ainge: ‘We’re all on the same page. He’s a busy guy, a great GM. He was a great hire. We wanted Danny and we got him.’
On the coach Doc Rivers‘ anticipation for next season: ‘I received a text from Doc saying, ‘Let’s get back to the finals.’
|Doc Rivers on Dennis & Callahan||05.19.09 at 10:01 am ET|
Celtics coach Doc Rivers offered a look back at the 2008-09 season, as well as a look ahead to his team’s needs going forward, during an interview with the Dennis & Callahan Show this morning. He admitted a sense of disappointment that his team did not have the opportunity to pursue another championship without a full complement of players.
‘The only thing that bothers me about the way the postseason ended was, you look at Kevin (Garnett), you look at Leon (Powe) and you just say, ‘Darn’we didn’t have a real chance to defend our title with our best stuff,’’ said Rivers. ‘That’s real tough for a coach and for a team.’
Rivers addressed a number of topics during his interview, including ways in which the Celtics need to improve and his own coaching future. Among them:
WHETHER THE SURGERY ON KEVIN GARNETT’S KNEE MIGHT BE MORE FAR-REACHING THAN PREVIOUSLY SUGGESTED:
I don’t think there will be much more (than reported). I think it will be the strained tendon and the bone spur. What they started thinking at the end was that maybe the bone spur had something to do, maybe it started rubbing against the tendon and that’s what kept it inflamed. But they don’t know that. That’s just an assumption.
ON OTHER INJURIES THAT IMPACTED THE TEAM AND THAT MAY REQUIRE SURGERY
Ray Allen had a hamstring problem throughout the Orlando series that was not getting better. Paul had some bone spurs that may need to be removed as well. (Kendrick Perkins) may have to have a procedure on his shoulder’¦ In Ray’s case, I thought his hamstring was bothering him a lot. That could have had an effect on him (during the Magic series).
ON THE TEAM’S NEED TO ADD DEPTH TO ITS BENCH THIS OFFSEASON
Just think this year if Kevin was healthy and Leon was healthy, that makes our bench 10 deep’¦Those two guys being out really shortened our bench.
But we have to improve our team. There’s no doubt about that. We don’t have to make any changes, but definitely have to make some additions.
No. 1, the one spot no one talked about all year, was the small forward spot. We need a small forward who can defend, who can make shots and give Paul (Pierce) a blow. I thought Paul, all year, had to guard the best guys all game. Whenever we took him out, we went small. We put Ray Allen in at small forward, which is a tough matchup. You could see it in the Orlando series. You were almost scared to take Paul off the floor because when you did, Ray Allen was now guarding the Terkoglus or the Rashard Lewises of the world. They went straight to the post, just like every other team did.
ON THE IMPACT OF KEVIN GARNETT’S DEFENSIVE ABSENCE ON THE REST OF THE TEAM
We didn’t run out of gas in the playoffs. We ran out of gas trying to get to the playoffs in a lot of ways. Every game was different and harder once Kevin left. Our defense suffered. (Rivers noted that opponents averaged 88 points per game against the Celtics last postseason, and 102 points per game this year.) I don’t think much more needs to be said about our defense, and how important Kevin Garnett is.
HOW MANY 15- TO 18-FOOT JUMPERS SHOULD RONDO TAKE THIS OFFSEASON?
He can’t take enough, obviously. I thought the series changed when Orlando decided that they basically weren’t going to play Rondo anymore. It’s very difficult for him to be effective from that point on. Obviously, he did on the rebounding side of things for us, but as far as creating plays, that not only hurt Rondo, but that hurt Paul and Ray as well, because they were using his man to double-team.
That’s a shot he’s going to have to make. We knew that. We knew that two years ago. It made it easier for them to do that because Kevin wasn’t out on the floor. When you have three other shooters out on the floor, it’s not as easy.
DO YOU REASSESS YOUR OWN FUTURE AT THIS TIME OF YEAR?
I do it every year. I have every intention of coming back, but I would be lying to you if I said that every year, I didn’t sit back over the last couple, with the family. We sit back and we think, ‘What do we need to do, and what do I need to do?’ I just try to gauge it on how my kids are doing and if they’re happy. I’m sure there will be a day or some time when I’ll say no, I’ve got to stay and do family things. But I have every intention of coming back.
I love coaching. I see myself coaching a long time. But I also see myself as a coach who will take a break to re-energize. I believe in that. I love, what’s the analogy? A teacher taking a sabbatical and coming back. I clearly will do that someday. In the next two or three years, I think that has to happen. I just think it’s good for a coach to do that. It makes him a better coach.
WHO IS MORE LIKELY TO RETURN: MARBURY OR DAVIS?
Baby, it will probably come down to what he can get on the open market. With Steph, it will probably come down to what we can get on the open market.
WILL TOM THIBODEAU BE BACK?
I hope he’s not back…(The 76ers job) will be a tough one to get. Tom’s not a good guy ‘ he’s a great guy. And he’s a terrific coach. So I’m really pulling for him.
WHO WILL WIN THE TITLE?
I don’t know. Honestly, I can tell you I really don’t care.
|Celtics’ Game 6 Airing on WRKO 680AM||05.14.09 at 7:07 pm ET|
Game 6 between the Boston Celtics and the Orlando Magic will be aired on WRKO 680AM starting at 7PM tonight. WEEI is currently broadcasting the Red Sox – Angels game and will join the Celtics game in progress when the Red Sox game concludes. For the start of the Celtics game, please tune in to WRKO 680AM.
|Doc Rivers on Garnett: ‘There’s No Way’||04.16.09 at 11:14 am ET|
D&C: Hey Doc after a 62 and 20 regular season, are you more weary from the grind, or more weary from answering KG health questions?
Doc Rivers: Well probably the grind, it was an exhausting year in that way, it was fun, I mean it was really interesting being attacked every night, especially on the road, I mean every night but on the road you just saw the energy in the crowd, and teams coming in and trying to beat the champs. So it was an interesting journey.
D&C: You knew that was coming, you knew you were going to get everyone’s best every night. What you didn’t know was coming were the injuries and the man hours lost to injuries. If somebody told you at the beginning of the season, and made a list of all the things you had to deal with from an injury standpoint would you have said 62 wins?
Doc Rivers: No, no especially with them at the same time. I mean having Leon and Kevin out at the same time, and I don’t know if people really understood what we lost, not just the defensive part, but we didn’t have a post game. I mean you lose both of those guys, that’s your low post game and so we played perimeter basketball for the last fifteen games and still won games and that was impressive.
D&C: How will you know, and this is the obligatory KG question, how will you know after two days of practice if he’s ready? I’m guessing he’s not going to tell you the truth.
Doc Rivers: Well I’m just going to say this, I just finished watching him run, this is the first time I’ve said because it’s the first time I’ve really watched him, he’s not going to be ready. After watching him run, there’s no way, so we’re going to move without him and the way I saw him move today guys I don’t know if he’ll be ready.
D&C: Describe it for us.
Doc Rivers: He’s just limping, he just can’t run and you know this was an honest run today, you couldn’t fake your way through it if, you know what I’m saying. You know the guy is a warrior and you can see him trying to mask it, but after twenty minutes of running there’s just no way.
D&C: And you’re talking about round two, round three, round four, you don’t know if he’ll be ready at all? Read the rest of this entry »
|Need to Know||03.10.08 at 11:02 am ET|