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9. Doc Rivers

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The Celtics' head coach took a weary, beat-up team -- which had lost four players to season-ending injuries -- to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. Despite a crushing loss to the eventual champion Miami Heat, the Celtics had shocked many in the NBA world. A month later, when Kevin Garnett re-signed with the Celtics (at a considerable discount) instead of retiring, KG's friends cited Rivers as the biggest reason.

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