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Sweet vindication for Doc Rivers

Originally Published: June 19, 2008
By Marc J. Spears | Special to ESPN.com

BOSTON -- A year ago, coach Doc Rivers was doing a lot of golfing in Florida to get his mind off another tough season for the Boston Celtics while his critics were teeing off on his ability to coach. But after doing arguably the best coaching job in the league, Rivers smiled brightly during the Celtics' celebration parade Thursday through downtown Boston as thousands of fans applauded him for leading the team to its first NBA title in 22 years.

"I was probably on the third hole somewhere ...

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