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Heading west, Rivers turns nostalgic

Former Celtics coach says 'it was just time' to leave a city that won him over

Updated: June 25, 2013, 7:34 PM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

The inevitable nostalgia that comes with leaving a place that has been the epicenter of his professional life for the past nine years finally overtook former Celtics coach Doc Rivers on Tuesday.

Rivers, who was released from his Celtics contract so he could ink a three-year, $21 million deal to coach the Los Angeles Clippers, was on the phone from the airport in Orlando, Fla., where his family makes their home. He was about to board a flight to Los Angeles, his new NBA address, and ...

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