|Posted by shawn cassidy on September 5, 2013 at 4:10 PM|
I seem to always lean towards actions speak louder than words. I can say anything, and does that mean it's true,or false? Only my actions define my words. As for the Rivers, I have made peace with some of it. I still have a strong distaste for someone who quit on a player, a team, and a General Manager who seemed to have his back when times were tough. Nonetheless, Doc has reopened some topics recently about his departure, and about his former star point guard.
Rivers appeared on Boston sports radio WEEI (93.7 FM) on Thursday to promote a Hoop Dreams event at TD Garden to benefit Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) and was asked if he's communicated with Rondo while he recovers from a torn ACL and whether he knows when he'll be back.
"I have [spoken to him]. I don’t know that answer. I really don’t," said Rivers. "I talked to all the players. [Jared Sullinger] and Jeff Green and Courtney Lee, but with Rondo I don’t know. I know he’s working hard, and that’s one of things he told me: He’s never worked harder in his life. I don’t know if you guys have ever had that injury; I have. You have to work that hard to come back. That’s a hard injury, not to come back from, it’s just a hard injury to do the rehab. When he comes back, he’ll be 100 percent. It’s just going to take time."
"Listen, guys, this is old stuff. I’m here, and Danny’s in Boston," Rivers said while promoting a Hoop Dreams event at TD Garden to benefit Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD). "You can ask Danny [about] that more, but there were two people in that room, and it was Danny and I, and anyone else who has a comment about what went on doesn’t really know, because they weren’t in that room. It was more than one day. It was several days, and it was an agreement."
Hop HERE for more from WEEI on Rivers defending his departure.
Rivers also offered his thoughts on Kevin Garnett waiving his no-trade clause to allow the blockbuster swap that landed Garnett and Paul Pierce in Brooklyn as Boston accelerated its roster overhaul this summer.
“I just thought it was a tough one for [Garnett]," said Rivers. "You guys don’t know Kevin. If he has one fault -- and there are not a lot of them as a player -- he doesn’t really allow a lot of people to get to know him, and Kevin hates change. Hates it. He's extremely loyal and, at the end of the day, he felt like Paul was gone, I was gone, Jason Terry was leaving -- and that he was [agreeing to the trade] for the right reasons. Not necessarily that he wanted to go, he just thought that this is something that Danny wanted. Danny wanted to rebuild and reload, and he just felt like he was doing the right thing. I don’t know if he necessarily wanted to go, but he went, and now when you talk to him he’s excited. He’s excited about his new team and he really believes they have a chance of knocking Miami off in the East."
I'm over this, but as long as he speaks about our Celtics, I will discuss it. I'm sure Doc has spoken to Rondo, but that doesn't mean Rondo is okay with what happened.