Gastrapod being the bigger man, he takes it back. Back prior to 2007s NBA title run, I was very critical to Doc Rivers. Even after the title, I gave credit to the team, and not the coach. I even posted a thread which went something to the tune of Celtics win in spite of Doc. I admit I was wrong. This season, and to a lesser degree, last year's injury plagued nightmare, have proven Doc to be the coach he is. A great one.
Early on, I hammered Doc on personal decisions, timeout usage and late game play calling. Game 4 Magic series aside, Doc has proven himself to not be the disaster in these regards I labeled him as. Game 4 was a total mess, from the not calling a timeout, the 19 turnovers, and the 3 minute no scoring overtime start. But that was an anomoly, Doc cannot pass, shot the ball for his players or keep Garnett from dropping the ball as time expires.
The Cleveland Cavs series showed what a solid game plan can do, even to King James. And it was oh so satisfying watching the King go down. Thanks Doc, for rendering LeBron James useless. The absolute dominance of the Magic and elimination of Dwight Howard from the games was again brilliant. Thanks again.
So now we have Kobe, who will be a greater issue to deal with. James may be the most talented player in the game today, but day in and day out, Kobe Bryant is the best, period. this will be the big test. Both teams are banged up, so the injury factor is not really applied here. Two great coaches, two good teams.
So for the first time, I have faith in Doc. See if it lasts, LOL.