Doc Rivers had his regularly scheduled appearance on Dennis and Callahan this morning on WEEI-FM 93.7, one day late after spending yesterday to head home to Orlando for some golfing during the break.
With an eventful week facing the Celtics as they try to fill up the team’s injury-ravaged roster before and after the trade deadline, Rivers talked about a number of topics looming large. They included where specifically the C’s were looking for players, the possibility of bringing in Delonte West and Kevin Garnett’s last All-Star Game talk from Wednesday night. A few highlights of the interview which you can listen to in full on WEEI-FM 93.7.
What are you and Danny looking to do to fill the roster?
“I’ll say this. Danny and I thought about it since all of the injuries. With the last one with Barbosa, we can’t look at one position anymore. Now we’re looking at players. We need to pick up players as soon as we can get them. We don’t want to do something so quick that someone else becomes available and we can’t get them [since we filled up our open spots]. We have to be very careful with what we do.
What particular positions are you ideally looking for?
“A ball handling guard. My perfect guard for this group is one who can play multiple positions, who can shoot and has some toughness. A four who can stretch the floor or a four who can rebound. That’s the list. There are so many places to look. The China league ends in a week so the American players playing over there will come back. The D-League and through a trade. We don’t have a lot of assets to trade, so we have to be careful there.”
How closely are you guys looking at Delonte West?
“That’s someone we are looking at. I don’t know where we are going to go with that. We have to be so careful. One thing I love about Delonte is his toughness but the other thing you don’t like is he does get injured a lot and you worry about that as well, besides the other stuff.”
What do you make of Kevin Garnett’s comments from Wednesday night saying it will be his last All-Star game and his comments that we don’t know what he knows?
“We don’t know what he knows. With Kevin every year, I think he thinks about retirement year to year. I really believe that. I think he loves the game too much and he’s playing too well to walk away. During the season though, he thinks about it. If you ask him during the middle of the season like most coaches, they’d say they doubt it because it’s such a grind for him. I wouldn’t put too much into that [talk] though.”