Boston Celtics: Bill Belichick
Rivers later told local media that he had the opportunity to attend an offensive staff meeting with Belichick prior to the game on Monday, and raved about the Patriots' discipline and Belichick's methods and philosophy.
"I love watching that team play. I was telling our guys that today," Rivers said. "It's just really awesome watching them, how they execute, how professional they are. Every time I go to a Patriots game I get so much out of it.
On Wednesday, Belichick returned the favor, sharing his respect and appreciation for Rivers.
"It was great to have Doc here," Belichick said. "I have a lot of respect for Doc and the program that the Celtics run. I think he does a tremendous job coaching his team. I admire the way his teams play, the way his players play. I think he has great leadership from a lot of guys and has had it through the years from a lot of those guys. Certainly Kevin [Garnett], Paul [Pierce], guys like that."
Belichick said that not only is he a fan of the Celtics as a team, but that he and Rivers have learned from each other through their friendship.
"We talk, exchange ideas," Belichick said. "And I'm certainly pulling for them. I know they're pulling for us. I have a rooting interest in them, but beyond that, on a professional level, I think there's certainly a lot that I've learned from watching Doc and the Celtics and the way they do things organizationally: his coaching style, the things he's talked to me about, the way he's handled players and situations, things like that."
As a result of the mutual admiration, each coach has asked the other to address his team.
"He's talked to our team and said a lot of things that really made sense and hit home," Belichick noted. "I've had an opportunity to talk his team a couple of times. We've got a good relationship. We learn a lot from each other."
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Despite Tuesday being the Celtics' first organized gathering since Saturday's win over the Sixers, head coach Doc Rivers couldn't help reflecting on his time spent at the New England Patriots game Monday night.
Rivers received the full-access treatment Monday, getting to hang out with Pats coach Bill Belichick on the field prior to kickoff and even sitting in on the team's offensive meeting before the game.
"I love watching that team play. I was telling our guys that today," Rivers said. "It's just really awesome watching them, how they execute, how professional they are. Every time I go to a Patriots game I get so much out of it. I got to sit in their offensive game plan meeting before they went out on the field and it's just really cool.
"It's a neat atmosphere," he added. "You can't be around it enough. You really can't."
Rivers said the Patriots' execution has always stuck out to him and that attention to detail is something he tries to take away from watching games.
"Well to me, the execution, and how serious [they are], and how they prepare for it," Rivers said of what he can learn from watching.
"Obviously it's different. They have one game to prepare for a week. It does make a big difference. When we have five in a week or four in a week, it's a little harder to do. But, just everybody knows their job, and they do their job. It's just really a neat atmosphere... The Patriots, to me, do it on a different level. It's fun to be around."
Rivers didn't disclose details of his conversation with Belichick prior to the game, but acknowledged the budding relationship they share.
"It's very good, very good. We talk," Rivers said. "I go to things, he comes to our stuff at times and watches. He comes in the locker room. So, it's a very, very, very good relationship."
Rivers praised quarterback Tom Brady, as well as the relationship he has with Belichick.
"First of all, I think Tom Brady is the best quarterback in -- I don't want to say history, but he's got to be right there," Rivers said. "I mean, it's surgical, watching him play. And then to have that, plus the relationship [with Belichick]; I don't know if there's been a better great quarterback relationship with their coach, ever. I guess Bill Walsh and Joe Montana would be the only other one that comes to mind for me. But that's pretty neat. And they're so different as people."
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