Marc Spears of Yahoo.com caught up with Doc Rivers while traveling with his son Austin. Spears happened to ask Rivers about the Celtics’ final game of the season:
“It still hurts the same,” Rivers said. “That won’t go away. I had dinner with [Rajon] Rondo and ‘Baby’ [Glen Davis] in Vegas and they were talking about how much it hurts. I said, ‘I hope it hurts you for the rest of your life. It should.’ ”
Those are some harsh words. Harsh, but all too true and important. It’s nice to know that professional athletes have the capacity to care about their craft as much as fans do. All too often there are stories about athletes not caring or purposely not giving everything they have (see Vince Carter).
Rivers knows all too well about life long regrets. In 1994, Rivers was on the New York Knicks team that lost the NBA Finals to the Houston Rockets after being up 3-2. Eeeshhh. Remind you of anything?
At any rate, this type of tough love is yet another example of why I wish Doc Rivers were my Dad.