Doc Rivers has slowly worked himself into the discussion of the best coaches in the NBA. Over the past eight seasons with the Celtics, he has amassed a regular-season record of 375-265 (.585), including a .580 winning percentage in the postseason.
According to a survey of general managers taken by the NBA, 13.3 percent of the vote for best head coach went to him. A seemingly low number, but second highest to only Gregg Popovich. Rivers was also the second-highest voted manager or motivator of people, earning 40 percent of the vote.
Rivers, who has a healthy resume as both a player and coach, called in to talk with Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti of 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston on Oct. 26. While the conversation was littered with the Ray Allen nonsense, there are some valuable nuggets as to how the coach is approaching the 2012-13 season.
He knows his players better than almost any coach in the league, and that in itself is a massive advantage that the Celtics will take advantage of.