Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Julien: Boston's teams all in it together
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- It’s standard practice among the professional coaches in Boston to stay in contact once in a while via text, e-mail or the occasional phone call.
After all the Bruins' Claude Julien, Celtics' Doc Rivers, Patriots' Bill Belichick and Red Sox manager Terry Francona are all part of an historic fraternity of coaches and managers in this town. Rivers and Francona are close, and it’s not unusual to find Belichick at a Red Sox or Celtics game.
Those three have won championships, and now Julien wants in, too.
“It’s pretty obvious, I think -- sometimes you want to fit in and that would certainly help fit in, there is no doubt,” Julien said with a smile Wednesday morning at TD Garden.
Trainer Scott Waugh splits his time between the Red Sox and Bruins and is usually the messenger between Francona and Julien. With the Bruins on the eve of the Eastern Conference finals, Julien has not heard from the other "Big Three."
“Not yet and, I don’t think, they are certainly not ignoring us; I think everyone has their own things to do right now and as you can see, the Red Sox are pretty busy,” Julien said. “What I do get with our trainers are messages back and forth, but I haven’t heard personally from Tito. But certainly through Scotty Waugh, our trainer, we have certainly exchanged things back and forth, messages.”
The Celtics are also in the midst of their playoff series against the Miami Heat.
“Doc right now is in the middle of a pretty good fight right now, " Julien said. "I think the one thing we do know in the past and right now, they certainly have our support, and my support is with the Celtics and Doc’s support is with us.
“I’ve run into him in the hallway a few times and certainly we are all in this together. I think the success of New England is not just about one team, but about all of those teams. And I think we have a pretty good group here that seems to be on board with each other and wish each other nothing but good luck.”