"Most of what my dad taught me is what got me through last year. I couldn't have done it otherwise."
The article also tells of how Mike Fratello, for whom Doc played for with the Hawks in the '80s, was one of the few people to call Coach Rivers last season when the Celtics were really struggling just "to offer brief words of encouragement."
It's interesting to look back at what critics said about Coach Rivers last season when the Celtics went 24-58 and lost 18 in a row at one point. As the article describes it:
"The criticisms varied. Doc didn't know defense. He was too much of a player's coach. He couldn't develop young talent. He was too congenial. He was too much of a "feel" coach, and not enough of an X's-and-O's guy."
A year later, Doc and the Celtics are a game away from an NBA title. His father would be proud.