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Doc Rivers does not like a former Boston Celtics star he coached

Doc Rivers apparently isn’t too fond of Rajon Rondo

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers apparently has a strong dislike for his former point guard, Rajon Rondo. While Rivers had a very successful run as coach of the Boston Celtics, there was several reports of friction between the two. And it doesn’t stop there. Rondo had a beef with sharpshooter Ray Allen during their tenure together as well.

Which leads us to a behind the scenes segment of ESPN’s Around the Horn. During a break, Frank Isola and Jackie MacMullan were discussing potential trades for Rajon Rondo. When the suggesting of the Clippers came up, MacMullan flat-out said that Rivers doesn’t like Rondo and that he drives him nuts.

“He doesn’t like Rondo, remember that,” MacMullan said. “I mean, he’s done with Rondo. They went a good, long way together, but that guy — Rondo drives him nuts. And then (the Clippers have) Chris Paul anyway, they don’t need him.”

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PHOTO: Paul Pierce, Hollywood legend pose for picture on a plane

We all know NBA star, Paul Pierce, as a heavyweight on the hardwood, but who knew he kept such star-studded company? Pierce took to Instagram to show the world that he keeps it Hollywood, even at 40,000 feet, as he poses for a photo with none other than Al Pacino.

Great company, and what a spread. The two iconic stars appear to be having a light snack, while flying. Pierce is also sure to let the world know that while he and Pacino fly high on a private jet, they are indeed “bosses chillin”.

Pierce, the long-time Boston Celtic, is preparing to suit up for his third NBA team, as he recently became a member of the Washington Wizards. Pierce spent last season with the Brooklyn Nets. It’s great to know that the future hall of famer keeps great company during the off-season. It doesn’t get much better than Scarface himself.

Danny Ainge denies Nets access to Doc Rivers

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The Brooklyn Nets cut ties with interim head coach, P.J. Carlesimo, and are now in the hunt for a new head coach. The Nets seem to be in “go big, or go home” mode as they look to fill their head coaching void with a respectable, accomplished coach, who can wrangle in the big personalities of players like Deron Williams and Joe Johnson.

Unfortunately for New York’s newest kids on the block, Doc Rivers is unavailable, and Boston Celtics general manager, Danny Ainge, is making that very clear to any teams looking to speak with Doc about becoming their next head coach. This report comes from Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston:

“Doc has told me he’s coming back,”Ainge said. “I talk to him almost every day about our team and what we are going to do moving forward.”

The Brooklyn Nets reportedly reached out to the Celtics, inquiring about head coach Doc Rivers, and were sent packing by Ainge, who claims that he and Doc talk on a regular basis and the plan for Rivers, who has three years, $21 million remaining on his current deal with the Celtics, is to continue as Boston’s head coach.

Doc is among the league’s highest paid head coaches, and the Celtics look as if they’ll continue to shoot down would be teams who have interest in trying to lure Rivers away from Boston. Truth be told, Boston is heading for what seems to be a rebuilding period, and perhaps Rivers isn’t the best coach for that type of job. It’s hard to acclimate to a losing culture, when recent success at the highest of levels (including an NBA Championship) is in such recent memory.

“Well, I don’t think anyone is looking forward to [rebuilding],”Rivers said.“but I’m willing to do that. I’ve had a group that has been very loyal to me, and I think it would have been very easy to just run and go somewhere else and chase something else. … I just don’t think that’s the right thing to do. Coaches talk about loyalty and team, and I just thought it was time to show it.”

We’ll see how this shakes out for Doc, Danny and the Celtics, but let it be known that if you come knocking on the Celtics’ door, wondering about how Doc Rivers will fit in as your team’s next head coach, you’ll probably be met by Danny Ainge and his “you can’t date my Daughter” mentality.

Boston Celtics acquire scoring guard from Wizards

Celtics acquire Jordan Crawford from the Wizards

After seeing two of their guards go down in Rajon Rondo and Leanardo Barbosa due to injury, the Boston Celtics have decided to bring in guard, Jordan Crawford to help shore up the backcourt position. According to David Aldridge the Celtics have acquired the streaky shooting guard from the Washington Wizards.

 


The 24 year-old Crawford is averaging 13.2ppg, 3.7apg and 3.1 boards a game for the Washington Wizards this year. Crawford should help the Celtics create and score which the team sorely needs going down the stretch run.

Celtics on a roll without Rondo

It wasn’t but a few weeks ago that Boston Celtics star point guard Rajon Rondo went down with a partially torn ACL, and the C’s season appeared to go down with him. At that time Boston was a meager 20-23, barely holding on to a playoff spot, and struck fear in no one in terms of the postseason. Oh how things can turn around in the blink of an eye.

Fast forward to now. The Celtics have won seven straight games and now sit comfortably in the 7th spot in the Eastern Conference and are only 1.5 games out of the 5th seed. Coming off a 118-114 triple overtime win against the Denver Nuggets, the Celtics are riding high led by veteran Paul Pierce, who netted a triple double in the victory. A situation that once seemed hopeless is now showing promise, and the Celtics are proving they will be a tough out to whomever they meet in the playoffs. There are still doubters however, and rightfully so:

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Paul Pierce and KG have led the charge for the Celtics

”Lots of people still doubt us,” Jeff Green said. ”Can’t come into games thinking we have to impress people.”

Head coach Doc Rivers has done a great job rallying his team after Rondo’s injury. Make no mistake about it, Rondo is the pulse of this team, but they’re playing excellent team basketball in his absence. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are leading the team, and role players Jeff Green, Jason Terry, and Avery Bradley have stepped their games up respectively.

Green said the Celtics don’t think they have to impress people.

Well, they’ve been plenty impressive lately.

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