There aren’t too many coaches who are top of the local sports scene like Doc Rivers. Whether it be the Patriots, Red Sox, college basketball, a golf tournament, Rivers knows what’s going on and usually has a valuable opinion to share on it, making him a delight for the media to cover most days.
Last night was no different with the news that Wes Welker had chosen to leave New England and sign with the Denver Broncos. Rivers threw his two cents in on the move before the game against the Raptors, making a comparison to another tough situation with the C’s this summer.
“It’s hard to (keep teams together). We lost Ray Allen, it feels like, the same way (the Patriots) lost Wes. You wanted him and you did everything you could and somehow they go somewhere else. Just like we wanted Ray to stay, I know they wanted Wes to stay, and it just sometimes doesn’t work out. There’s too many other people involved. That’s what is great once everyone’s signed, it’s the coaches and the players and no one can get in your group. But once you get into free agency, a lot of other people get involved with decision-making that is outside of winning and losing, and that’s why I guess it’s called free agency. But it makes it tough.”
Rivers added a few additional thoughts in his interview with Dennis and Callahan on WEEI this morning (Via ESPNBoston.com)
* On being upset over the Wes Welker news on Wednesday: “Well I was just kind of playing around, but yeah I wasn’t happy with it. I like Wes, Wes is a big Celtics fan, so I do like that. But I hated to see him leave, number one, and hated to see him go to Denver, who I think in the near future will become a big rival.”
* On whether the Patriots losing Wes Welker felt like the Celtics losing Ray Allen: “Well it didn’t for me, but I’m sure it did for them. It’s far more personal for the Patriots, like Ray was far more personal for us, so I’m sure it did feel the same way.
Like the Celtics have been without Ray, chances are the Patriots will end up just fine without Wes, although it would have been nice to keep him.