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Bob Ryan Interviews Doc Rivers

 

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.

  • Batman

    I'm hoping hes just saying it for the public, but if Doc really thinks we don't have to worry about Dwight offensively we're in for trouble
    Its amazing how underrated Dwight is on offense, People act like this is still 2006 and Dwight doesn't have a post game. And this whole "myth" that we can keep Dwight under check is overblown.

    • MissMD88

      We play LAL 2x a year. I don't think he's as worried about them as he is about Miami, a team that's in our conference and has beaten us 2 yrs straight. If LAL makes it out the West, won't meet them unless we can overcome that hump and beat Miami. Honestly, Andrew Bynum is our biggest trouble now in our conference. Cs have trouble with him all that time.

  • jpbl1976

    I like that Doc says the C's will win against Miami whenever it's a "thinking meet." The implication is that Miami's not a very savvy or mentally-though team. Actually, he's right — I'm still not sold on Lebron as a closer. Also, Miami didn't win the East in 2012 so much as the Celtics lost it because they ran out of gas.

    I also like the fact that Rondo will be even more motivated to beat "that guy" in Miami.

    Not too worried about Dwight Howard either. I think OKC is coming out of the West. Kobe, Nash (shades of "bionic man" Karl Malone in '03-'04) and Gasol are all on the downside of their careers and Mike Brown has a shaky record even when he's had a strong advantage (think of his last 2 years in Cleveland — best in the East, failed to make it to the Finals both times). This year's Lakers team has the potential to be like the 2004 Lakers. Kobe's play in the Olympics showed that he's already a level behind Lebron and Durant. In that sense, he's like the way Shaq was in 2003-2004 — and maybe not even at that level.

    Meanwhile, Durant, Westbrook, Harden and Ibaka are still improving. They just needed the experience of losing in the Finals to push them to a higher level.

    • http://twitter.com/M_DeVelaine @M_DeVelaine

      Having moved to OKC last year, I can tell you this place was pretty crazy and amped all over for the Thunder. And then after Miami "won" the title, I spent weeks listening to a bunch of basketball fans talk about how they didn't think they were treated fairly. Sounds familiar to me. Keep Miami out of the mix by blowing them out of a series (possible, but difficult), and there won't be any of that in the later rounds. No one here seems bothered by the Lakers either, which is kind of fun to have. I don't have to root for the home team, and everyone loves the fact that I hate the Lakers as well. Makes the work environment tolerable 6 days a week (except Sunday, when it's all about football which I could care less about).

    • LuvKG

      Well well well, talking about couple of delusional and narrow minded fans. Didn't LeBron single handed beat the entire Celtics team in game 6 of the ECF last season? Didn't that contribute largely to the Cs running out of gas in game 7? LeBron's Heat beat the Cs, plain and simple.
      In the finals, LeBron dominated at both ends of the floor and then some. Durant, on the other hand, suddenly looked like two level below, he hadn't developed the winner's mentality yet.
      And if you are buying Doc's shit on the Lakers, you are so laughable. Whenever you are defending two super mobile and talented 7 footers in the paint, one offensive atomic bomb lurking outside the paint and a sharp shooting needle threading point guard running the offense, good luck. The weakest link is Brown's imagination on that end. Then when you try to attack, there is no lane to penetrate even if you get past the perimeter, no post ups down low, no offensive rebounds. If I were the coach of the Thunder or the Heat, I'd start develop different pick'n roll schemes for my team. That's probably the hole in Lakers' defense.

  • http://sweb2.dmit.nait.ca/dchen9/Boston-Celtics-2013-Offense/ Dave

    Nice to hear from Doc, with Lee, Avery can take as much time as he need to recover and come back strong. My general 1 page overview of the C's for next season:
    http://sweb2.dmit.nait.ca/dchen9/Boston-Celtics-2

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