With a hat tip to unusually proficient tweeter Matt Moore of (amongst others) NBC Sports, here’s footage of Bob Ryan interviewing Doc Rivers earlier in the week.
Hit the jump for part three and our thoughts on Doc’s thoughts.
Doc touched on a few items there worth noting. In turn:
1) Kevin Garnett feels better going into a season than he has in years.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if KG played all three years of his new contract without a major injury? If so, we’d be able to look back on his Boston years as marred by a knee injury that didn’t signal the end of his career, but just a major bump in the road. Either way, it’s good to hear Garnett is in better shape for 2012-13 than he was last season.
2) Courtney Lee will start, at least until Avery Bradley returns, at which point, things could change.
What we all expected. Let’s hope Lee plays well enough to make it tough for Doc to choose a starting SG when Bradley returns to the lineup.
3) Doc referred to Jason Terry as “JT” rather than “Jet”.
Not what we expected. I don’t know how I feel about this. It may need more time to sink in.
4) Doc: The Celtics have to score more this season. They have to play at a faster pace. They have to create more shots. They have to get to the foul line more regularly so they can set their defense more easily. They have to defend the three better.
The only thing he didn’t touch on in there was rebounding. But the rest of it is a deadeye wishlist for this season. We’ll be tracking all this stuff all year, particularly the potential for a faster, more efficient offense.
5) Doc is completely focused on Miami. He’s already already bringing up the Heat everyday to his early arriving players. He wants his guys to hate the Heat.
Somehow, it doesn’t seem like that last part’s going to be a problem, especially now that Ray Allen (or “that guy” as Rajon Rondo now calls him) is in Miami.
6) Doc concedes the Celtics cannot beat Miami in a track meet but can beat them in a thinking meet.
Thinking Meet is the new Barfight.