Question: How do you coach a practice, after getting blown out at home by a team just as old and inconsistent as your own?
Answer: You don’t. You have the players coach. Duh.
Two days after getting annihilated by the Spurs, Doc Rivers let his Celtics coach themselves to end practice. “I had each guy draw up a play,” said Rivers.
Brown-noser Glen Davis’s play resulted in a Michael Finley three-pointer that beat the first team. Why did I describe Big Baby as a brown-noser? Listen to Doc. (ESPNBoston)
“[Davis] might have been the smartest, he drew up one of mine. He knew it would get him out of practice and maybe more minutes [in games]. Some plays were doozies, but some were pretty good.”
Rivers has let players design plays in the past. One play, designed by Gabe Pruitt, the Celtics still use today. You remember Pruitt, right? If you’re a Celtics fan, you probably over-hyped him for a year or two before he was cut.
Now, it’s clear the hype was a bit too much, but Pruitt shouldn’t spend too much time worrying that he wasn’t as good a basketball player as he was supposed to be. Once he gets sick of the D-League, he might have a chance to make it as a coach.