(Monkey bread on the side, you know how the family do it.)
Families. Some are good, others are bad. Some are loving, others aren’t. Some are supportive, others not so much.
And some families just respect the hell out of the Big Three and want their father to remain coach of the Boston Celtics as long as the current group of players is intact. (Boston Globe)
“All of them were like, ‘Dad, you got a special group and you worked your whole career to have a group like this and you can’t walk away from them. We’re all right. We’re doing great,’ ’’ Rivers said last week. [...]
Austin (editor’s note: Doc’s son, who is pretty damn good at basketball) offered his dad some astute advice on whether to keep coaching.
“He told me, ‘If it were a different group [of players in Boston], I’d tell you to come home. But with this group I think you should stay and play it out and see what happens and don’t put a time clock on it,’ ’’ Doc recalled. “That was basically our conversations. It’s amazing how much thought they had put into it compared to me. I was just kind of waiting, trying to get a gut [feeling]. You could tell they had a lot of talks about it as a group, which was great for me. It was good input, I needed it.’’
You’ve gotta stay to coach the Big Three. Gotta. This ain’t Gerald Green and Sebastian Telfair that Doc is coaching nowadays. The opportunity to coach three Hall-of-Famers at once doesn’t come around very often. (Is Doc actually coaching four Hall-of-Famers? Or did I just jinx the shit out of Rondo?)
Thank you, Doc’s wife and children, for understanding that the Boston Celtics are far more important than family.
P.S. – Today was a big day for family. Avery Bradley’s family remained a great support system even after his parents split up.