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Doc Rivers on D&C: ‘I just thought it was time to show’ loyalty 05.16.11 at 10:37 am ET
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Celtics coach Doc Rivers joined the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning, three days after agreeing to a five-year contract extension to remain with the team.

Rivers said that rumors he was contemplating whether to take a sabbatical from coaching so that he could spend more time with his family weren’t accurate ‘€” at least not this year.

“Last year, they were probably more right,” he said. “Last year I was absolutely leaning that way. This year I really never was. After last year’s summer and going through the decision that we went through, I was pretty sure I was coming back and I was pretty sure I wanted to come back here.

“This is a special place. And I’ve said that before. You can’t get a lot of these jobs where you coach teams like the Celtics, or the Red Sox, or the Yankees, and I have one of them. I work with a great GM in Danny Ainge and I have good ownership. So, why change?”

Following is a transcript of the conversation. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Doc, if you don’t mind revealing this, whose idea was it for the longterm contract? Was it you that wanted the extra years, or did Danny want to lock you up for the extra years? Whose idea was it?

Danny brought it up to me. When he first brought it up, I was surprised by it. This was a while ago that he brought it up. I think actually he brought up even more years to start.

I never thought of it in those terms. Because we kept doing these one-year or two-year deals, and I never thought of it. Danny walked in my office and said, “Listen, I want you to be here with me for a long time. And I want to make this something where we’re together for a long time.” And so he brought up the number of years.

You’ve got to process that when you commit to something for that long. We did, and we thought it was the right thing to do.

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Rivers: Rajon Rondo may be in more pain than Game 4 05.11.11 at 6:32 pm ET
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MIAMI — Rajon Rondo will play in Game 5 despite a painful dislocated left elbow, as expected, but Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he will keep a close watch on Rondo.

“In some way I think he’€™s in more pain than he was going into Game 4, but I think he at least has an idea on how to deal with it more,” Rivers said. “We’€™re hoping that he can give us something and if he can’€™t then we’€™ll have to make a decision on the floor.”

Rivers is most concerned about the defensive end where he feels the Heat took advantage by forcing him into difficult positions on help defense.

“A lot of times the guy that’€™s been in the help spot, that requires a physicality and he literally couldn’€™t do it,” Rivers said. “We thought it opened up too many driving lanes for them. We have to try a couple of things. First, keep him out of those positions if possible, and two he just has to do it, and if not then we have to make a decision.”

Rivers will turn to Delonte West if that’s the case who had a strong performance in Game 4. Carlos Arroyo is also active.

Shaquille O’Neal, Avery Bradley and Sasha Pavlovic are inactive for the Celtics. Even without Shaq there’s no guarantee that Nenad Krstic will see more playing time. He didn’t play in either of the last two games.

“We may shorten the rotation more,” Rivers said. “You’€™re always walking the fine line with Kevin [Garnett] because he’€™s the only guy that’€™s been on a minutes restriction the last two years. So, if we can keep his minutes to the right where he’€™s still effective we may shorten it, but if not you may see Nenad.”

For the Heat, Udonis Haslem is active again, although he may not have much of a role after his short, but eventful, stretch in his return in Game 4 when he badly missed a jumper, committed a pair of fouls and picked up a technical foul.

“The most important thing when I made the decision to activate him was because of his leadership,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

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Shaquille O’Neal doubtful for Game 5 at 11:29 am ET
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MIAMI — Shaquille O’Neal is doubtful for Game 5, and even that may be too generous of a classification. Shaq didn’t play in the second half or overtime of Game 4 against the Heat, and it wasn’t a coaching decision by Doc Rivers. It was strictly health-related.

“It was physical,” Rivers said at the team’s shootaround prior to Game 5. “Don’€™t know yet today. I will say I doubt it. That little stretch of the game it got worse.”

Rivers said that Shaq’s condition worsened in the four minutes he played in Game 4 and it doesn’t sound like he will be able to play no matter what happens in Game 5 or beyond.

“It’€™s nothing he can do. It’€™s not like he’€™s not trying,” Rivers said. “He’€™s done everything you possibly can do to get healthy. Unfortunately for him, he just hasn’€™t been able to do it. When he originally got injured no one thought it was that serious. It just never healed and it still hasn’€™t, and now every time he plays it gets worse.”

Rivers was asked whether this could be the end for O’Neal, who has a player to option to return next season.

“I think it’€™s too early to talk about it,” Rivers said. “I’€™ve learned personally you never try to make any decision during the heat of the battle. Emotionally you’€™re always going to make the wrong choice, so I think he’€™ll walk away from it this summer and then decide what he’€™s going to do. I just know this has been emotionally draining to him, more than you guys would know. He feels awful about this because this is why he came here, to get to the playoffs. Not being able to do that has really hurt him.

Rivers does expect Rajon Rondo to play with his dislocated left elbow, but he’s going into the game with the same wait-and-see approach that he had in Game 4. “I don’€™t know how much better he’€™s going to be, he is what he is,” Rivers said. “He’€™s a little better, I would guess.”

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An apology from LeBron James about the ‘R’ word 05.10.11 at 12:29 am ET
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Before talking about his clutch 3-pointer that tied the game late in the fourth quarter and his defense on Paul Pierce at the end of regulation, LeBron James offered up an apology for using the word “retarded” to describe a question asked of Dwyane Wade following a Game 3 loss to the Celtics Saturday night. James was heard muttering “that’s retarded” while Wade was being asked if he had any reaction to those who might think his play on Rajon Rondo was dirty.

“First of all, I want to apologize for using the ‘R’ word after Game 3. If I offended anyone, I sincerely apologize,” said James, who scored 35 points and led the Heat to a 98-90 overtime win at TD Garden Monday night, pushing the Celtics to the brink of elimination Wednesday night in Miami.

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Rajon Rondo all wrapped up and ready to go 05.09.11 at 7:52 pm ET
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With his injured left elbow in a heavy white protective wrap and brace, Rajon Rondo took the court Monday and started for the Celtics.

The Celtics All-Star point guard dislocated his left elbow when he was pushed to the ground by Dwyane Wade with 7:02 left in the third quarter of Game 3 Saturday night at TD Garden.

He left the game and had the elbow popped back in place and started the fourth quarter, inspiring the Celtics in a 97-81 win over the Heat. After taking part in the pregame shootaround Monday morning, Rondo was cleared to play in Monday’s Game 4.

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Celtics Live Blog: C’s-Heat Game 4 from the Garden at 5:59 pm ET
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Join WEEI.com Celtics writers Paul Flannery, Ben Rohrbach and Mike Petraglia as they provide live updates from inside TD Garden as the Celtics look to even their best-of-7 with the Heat at 2-2 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Celtics Live Blog: C’s-Heat Game 4 from TD Garden

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Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett named First Team All-Defense at 2:30 pm ET
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Kevin Garnett tied an NBA record with his ninth appearance on the NBA All-Defensive First Team, the league announced on Monday. Garnett’s teammate Rajon Rondo was also named to the First Team, drawing the second-most votes behind Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard. This is Rondo’s second straight First-Team appearance. He made the Second Team in 2008-09.

Kobe Bryant and LeBron James were also voted on to the First Team. It was also Bryant’s ninth First Team nod, which allowed him and Garnett to tie the all-time record for First Team appearances held by Michael Jordan and Gary Payton.

Former Celtic Tony Allen received enough votes for a Second Team nod along with Chris Paul, Andre Iguodala, Joakim Noah and Tyson Chandler.

The voting was done by the 30 head coaches and coaches are not allowed for one of their players. Here’s the full breakdown:

2010-11 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM

Position, Player, Team 1st 2nd Points

Center Dwight Howard, Orlando 27 2 56
Guard Rajon Rondo, Boston 16 7 39
Forward LeBron James, Miami 17 4 38
Guard Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 13 7 33
Forward Kevin Garnett, Boston 15 3 33

2010-11 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM

Position, Player, Team 1st 2nd Points

Guard Tony Allen, Memphis 7 9 23
Guard Chris Paul, New Orleans 6 6 18
Center Tyson Chandler, Dallas 3 11 17
Forward Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia 5 5 15
Forward/Center Joakim Noah, Chicago 3 9 15

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