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Doc Rivers on D&C: Shaq recruited me 01.20.11 at 9:52 am ET
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Celtics coach Doc Rivers joined the Dennis & Callahan show for his weekly Thursday visit and talked about the win over the Pistons, trash talk coming from Orlando, and the impact of Shaquille O’Neal. “He woke up young yesterday,” Rivers said. “It was nice. We needed it. We don’t win that game without Shaq’s energy.”

Rivers was asked if he played an active role in recruiting O’Neal, but really it was the other way around. “He kind of recruited me,” Rivers said. “Shaq was on our radar, but we were actually talking to other guys. I got a call from Shaq out of the clear-blue sky. He wanted to meet.”

The coach flew to Orlando and, “Ten minutes later he’s literally at my house, sitting in my office at my house and we talked about coming to Boston. I was asking him more questions. Would he be able to do this? Is he capable of not being the guy, being a role player, limited minutes, not starting? He was great about everything and so far he’s lived up to what he said he was coming for.”

As far as the Orlando talk (Magic GM Otis Smith said the Celtics only act tough), Rivers dismissed it. “I’m just going to let Otis keep talking. I learned long ago the guys in the suits and ties have very little impact on what’s going to happen on the floor, so I’m just going to let Otis keep talking. We want to beat them anyway. It’s not going to matter. I think anytime somebody says something and Kevin Garnett hears it, it cant hurt us. I’ll put it that way.”

Rivers said that Garnett is close to 100 percent, and it’s only a matter of rediscovering his timing.

“He’s pretty close,” Rivers said. “I was really surprised. I thought the way he played last night would be the way he played against Orlando. It’s just timing.”

The coach also said that Marquis Daniels, who rolled his ankle, could play Friday against Utah.

Rivers also weighed in on the NBA topic of the day: Carmelo Anthony. “I don’t really care [where he goes,” Rivers said. “The thing I didn’t like about it, it was way too public.”

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Doc Rivers: ‘I’ll let everyone else talk about us’ 01.19.11 at 7:21 pm ET
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Two different comments about the Celtics have made the rounds today. One complimentary, and the other not so much. Orlando Magic general manager Otis Smith questioned the Celtics tough reputation by telling the Orlando Sentinel, “They act tough. They’re not really tough. They act tough.”

Asked about it before the Celtics game with the Pistons, Ray Allen responded, “It doesn’t matter. We know who we are.”

Celtics coach Doc Rivers wouldn’t even go that far. “I’ll let everybody else talk about us,” he said. “They seem to do it better than us.”

Told that Lakers coach Phil Jackson had suggested that Heat couldn’t beat the Celtics, Rivers joked, “In that case I think Phil is a genius! And I hope he’€™s right. There’€™s a lot of playing to be played. We’€™ll see how that all works out.”

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Irish Coffee: Magic president claims Celtics ‘act tough’ at 12:51 pm ET
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Wake up with the Celtics and your daily dose of Irish Coffee ‘€¦

The Orlando Sentinel executed a midseason Q&A session with the Magic’s version of Danny Ainge ‘€” president of basketball operations Otis Smith — and he essentially called the Celtics a bunch of what singer Everlast called “fake tough guys, trying to act hard.” Here’s the exchange:

  • Sentinel: One could argue the Celtics are tough.
  • Smith: They act tough. They’re not really tough. They act tough.

The Celtics are just 5-8 against the Magic during the regular season since the arrival of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, but they own a 7-6 advantage against Orlando in the postseason ‘€” and that’s without Garnett in the lineup for a 4-3 Eastern Conference semifinals loss during the 2008-09 playoffs. The C’s ousted the Magic 4-2 in the conference finals last season, when many critics questioned the Magic’s toughness (rightfully so).

JERMAINE O’NEAL HAS A FASHION LINE?

The future of Jermaine O’Neal‘s basketball career remains in limbo, as we await a decision Wednesday on how he’ll treat his knee moving forward this season, but he may already be setting himself up for his next venture as a fashion mogul.

O’Neal will be rolling out a new fashion line of casual sportswear, Le Jaunty, over the course of the 2011 calendar year.

‘€œI’€™ve always been into fashion,’€ O’€™Neal told WWD.com. ‘€œI’€™m from Columbia, S.C., and my family is very religious. We’€™d go to church and Sunday school and we always had to dress up. I enjoyed that.’€

Just when you thought O’Neal’s season couldn’t get less interesting …

THE ASSOCIATION: EPISODE 2

Eipsode 2 of the behind-the-scenes documentary “The Association: Boston Celtics” airs on Friday night at 7 p.m. on ESPN. Episode 1 was a must-see for any Celtics fan. Here’s the remaining schedule:

  • Episode 2: Friday, 7 p.m.
  • Episode 3: Feb. 25, 7 p.m.
  • Episode 4: March 16, 7 p.m.
  • Episode 5: April 15, 8 p.m.

Don’t forget to set your DVR after checking out this preview of Episode 2 and these deleted scenes of Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Shaquille O’Neal, Paul Pierce and Doc Rivers:

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