Can i get a show of hands from all the Basketball fans out there?
no one? didn't think so...
For those of you who live in a cave, the Boston Celtics are 52-13 and en route to a nice little romp through the playoffs. Thank you Minnesota. (for KG, Big Papi, and indirectly Randy "straight cash homey" Moss)
But I want to give a little credit to two other people who aren't on the court every night. Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers. Now, i know what you're going to say. "Coaches only make a difference in football when they're calling the plays" "GMs are worthless suits" yadda yadda yadda.
You gotta thank Danny for putting this whole team together, and what a team it has been. Obviously, Kevin McHale owed Ainge BIG time for something that happened between them years ago, so he gave us KG for some undisciplined juniors, but what about the real role players? The signing of KG allowed Ainge to get sharpshooter Eddie House and defensive specialist James Posey at a discounted rate. These were the signings that completed the team, along with the development of younger players like Rajon Rondo and Leon Powe. KG makes a huge impact, but the Big Three are nothing without their solid gold supporting cast.
Props go to Doc as well. In the beginning of the season it was "Doc has done a great job controlling the egos of these three superstars." Now it's something different. Look at the Spurs and the Rockets games over the past two days. Against San Antonio, the green were down by 22 at one point. When some teams would fall apart and coaches would cry at this, Doc and his celts buckled down and stormed back. Same thing against Houston. Tied 40-40 at half time. You don't think Doc's advice led the to demolish the 22 game win streak in the second half?
Yes a lot of it is the intensity and fortitude of the men on the court, but give a little love to the boys who keep things together. That and Doc has reached a .500 career record as a coach, and will almost definately surpass that mark as a Celtics coach this season as well. Congrats