(I swear to God, even watching this kind of made me sad.)
The most powerful man in the world (no, I’m not talking about Shaq) tried calling Doc Rivers to offer his condolences after The Game That Must Not Be Named. Except Doc wouldn’t pick up. He thought it was his friend and didn’t want to hear a single thing about that God-forsaken game. (Orlando Sentinel)
Doc Rivers was bumming. Barack Obama was calling.
His Boston Celtics had just lost Game 7 of the NBA Finals (editor’s note: The Game That Must Not Be Named). It was the morning after, and the team was ready to board a private get to go back home. His cell phone kept buzzing. It was a 202 area code. Washington, D.C.
Doc assumed that it was Stan Kasten, an executive with the Atlanta Hawks during Doc’s playing days there. Kasten is now president of the Washington Nationals baseball team.
The phone buzzed again. Same number. Doc turned it off and settled in for the long ride.
Back in Boston, the phone buzzed again. It was a programmed number _ Kasten. May as well pick it up and hear the attaboy condolences from his friend.
“Doc, hold on, I have a friend who wants to say hello.” He gave the phone to the guy next to him.
“Doc this is President Obama. I guess I can’t get you to pick up the phone,” he said.
President Obama just wanted to give Doc a congratulatory attaboy, too. Normally the Prez just calls the winner, but he was thoroughly impressed with Boston’s deep run in the playoffs that included upsets of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic.
When Barack calls next year to offer his congratulatory attaboy, I hope Doc has one holy beast of a headache. Champagne, when consumed in victorious amounts, can be one hell of a drug.