Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Doc's Take: The aftermath of a tragedy
By Chris Forsberg
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Those of us who cover the Boston Celtics don't try to hide it: We're downright spoiled at times to have Doc Rivers as a coach. Rivers has a special ability to offer perspective -- often with a humorous tone -- on any subject that us reporters throw at him. But Rivers was especially moving on Tuesday as he discussed the aftermath of Monday's Marathon tragedy before the Celtics' afternoon practice.
Rivers was on his way to his downtown apartment with a plan to go watch the Marathon on Monday when he encountered the hysteria. Hop HERE to read our story as Rivers and Celtics' players reacted to Monday's events.
But here's some leftover thoughts from Rivers:
* On Boston's post-tragedy spirit: "This city has an amazing amount of spirit and I think that showed last night. And today still. Then you’re angry, too. I think that starts now. You really are. When you keep thinking about it. It does make you very angry at what happened. And that’s because you love the city, and love where you’re at. So that bothers you."
* On trying to move on from Monday's events: "I don’t think you should get it out of your mind. I don’t think anyone’s going to get it out of their mind, it will be on your mind. Whether you were in the city or out of the city, you’re a part of Boston. And if you’re part of this city -- or this country for that matter -- it’s something that will be on your mind. And that’s fine. You put things in compartments, and that’ll happen for this hour and a half of practice. But it was a sad day yesterday, and it’s sad today, too. That’s part of life. Life comes into play."
* On family and friends texting him in the aftermath: "I just got a million texts. But again, my phone wasn’t working. On a lighter note, I’m not the best at returning texts, anyways. Last night, my kids laughed, because I actually did. They knew... My daughter [Callie] especially -- now I know who’s going to take care of me -- my daughter, I think she called or texted me like 16 times in a row. But I couldn’t [reply], you could’t get to them. Finally when I did, everything was good. I’m sure that happened throughout the city yesterday."
* On what he saw looking out his window on Monday night: "I don’t want to use the word ‘shock,’ but shock just might be the word. You could see people wandering around, like the park -- a lot of people didn’t have places to go last night. And the park, there was a lot of people, you felt like -- on the Common -- you could feel that -- that they didn’t have anywhere to go. That was where a lot of people went. I had a bird’s eye view of that."