Insider: Q&A with Rivers, Stevens

January, 8, 2014
Jan 8
ESPN Insider's Jeff Goodman caught up with Boston coaches present (Brad Stevens) and past (Doc Rivers) in advance of Wednesday's Celtics-Clippers tilt in Los Angeles. A snippet:
Q: What is the biggest challenge of coaching in Boston?

Rivers: "Everyone expects you to win, but I never looked at that as a negative. Some people struggle with the intensity of the fans and the media, but I always viewed that as a plus. Who wants apathy? I'd rather have the passion and the expectations than people not caring. I enjoyed it, and embraced it -- and if you're going to be successful in Boston, I think you have to embrace it."

Stevens: "Boston has been great. The fans have so much passion about its teams. Obviously, we're in a situation where they know we're young and building, but there's been positive energy since we got here. We moved and the Red Sox won the World Series, the Patriots got the No. 2 seed and the Bruins never, ever, lose. It's a great time to be a Boston sports fan."

(Read the full Q&A Insider)

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