When asked about the Celtics’ poor homecourt record this season, Doc Rivers did what any intelligent man would do:
Blame the wives. (WEEI)
“I don’t know why. Blame the wives.” Rivers joked before offering perspective. “It is troubling. Of all the things to me, even with the rebounding and everything, is how we have performed at home. If you ask me, the one thing that has bothered me more than anything is that because I don’t care what your injuries are, whatever, you should win at home. On the road, it becomes difficult. At home, you should win those games. And we haven’t.”
So, in short, the Celtics coach has the mother of all motivational jobs ahead of him, with a talented team that is clearly underachieving right now.
“It’s a great challenge,” he said. “Obviously, you would love it to be easy but if you want to do something special, I don’t think it’s ever going to be easy. You’ve got to get your hands dirty. You have to dive into it and see what you can come out with. It’s a good challenge. It really is.”
How Doc can keep his sense of humor throughout these struggles, I don’t know. If I were the coach, I’d be throwing chairs, smashing clipboards, and smacking players upside the head with my shoe.
I guess he just looks on the bright side of things.
“I would like it not to but this is basketball and these are teams,” Rivers said of a possible wake-up call courtesy the six-win Nets. “It happens. We’re not used to it happening here but it happens. I’m not going to overreact to it. I can tell you that. But we just need work on it and we need to see it. Sometimes you can see it on film, sometimes you can see it on the floor and sometimes you’ve got to get your butt whipped a couple of times before you realize it’s a problem. I’m hoping all of those are going to help us.”[...]
“We’re a game behind Denver, three or four behind the Lakers. As bad as we ‘so called’ have played, we’re still in the thick of things, and that’s what you want at this time because we haven’t played well. In some ways, maybe we’re lucky in that way that other teams have faltered in other places as well. But we have a lot of games to get it right and we’re going to have to do that.”
I hate that Rivers keeps sugar-coating everything. Instead of looking around and being happy all the other teams are losing games, I’d love for him to take a look inside his own locker room and take a look at all the champions who are playing like losers.
Can’t he just go all Stan Van Gundy on the Celtics one time? Just rip into them once, for everyone in the world to hear? I would love that, the Celtics deserve it, and it might even help.