A night after rallying for an 83-81 win at Indiana, Boston coach Doc Rivers joined Jim Rome on his radio program. The win brought the Celtics within half a game of the Bulls for 6th place in the East and kept them just 1.5 games out of 4th place and home court advantage in the first round.
All of that seemed impossible in late January when the team was 20-23 and had just lost point guard Rajon Rondo to a torn ACL, but the Celtics have gone 13-4 without Rondo, something Rivers attributes to their ability to their ability to grind out games. It’s a source of pride that starts with Kevin Garnett’s and spreads out from there.
“I’ve never seen a superstar that acts so much like a role player in my life,” said Rivers.
Speaking of superstar’s play, Rivers raved about the reigning league MVP in Miami. Since he guarded Michael Jordan as a player, he was asked to compare the two.
“LeBron (James) is the best athlete, the most powerful player that I’ve seen at the guard position to ever play the game,” Rivers said, before mentioning that the true comparison can only be made after LeBron retires.
But while he doesn’t like judging current players against retired icons, Rivers did add that he thinks Kobe Bryant’s greatness sometimes gets overlooked.
“I think because he followed Michael, he probably doesn’t get the due he deserves,” said Rivers. “What he’s doing right now, at his age, I watched last night because I watch most of New Orleans’ games for personal reasons, he’s playing at a different level himself.”