Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers will be playing their next game in Boston, where Rivers was coaching just last year. He understands how hard of a night it will be as he returns to his old stomping grounds with a new team. From ESPN,
“I’m used to coming in through the other [Celtics'] doors and used to going to the other side. This is strange already,” Rivers said at the Los Angeles Clippers’ morning shootaround.
Rivers spent nine years coaching the Boston Celtics before departing in June to take over as coach and senior vice president of basketball operations with the Clippers. He made it clear that he will be battling emotions when he faces off with his former team Wednesday night.
“It’s going to be a hard night,” he said. “I already told my coaches that it’s going to be hard. You don’t spend nine years in one place and win a title, and have the emotions you have toward the cities and the fans, and be normal when the game starts. It’s just not going to happen, at least I don’t think so. I’ve already prepared my coaches to be good coaches tonight because it’s going to be too tough for me.”
It will be a rough night indeed for the former Celtics coach, who was sent to the Clippers through a trade back in June.