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Defending Del Negro

Celtics coach Doc Rivers says Del Negro deserves more time

Updated: December 12, 2009, 11:27 PM ET
By Nick Friedell

Vinny Del Negro has a big fan in Doc Rivers.

The Boston Celtics head coach, a former teammate of Del Negro's, came out in support of his friend before Saturday night's Celtics-Bulls game.

"I've been there, I know how that feels," Rivers said, when discussing the scrutiny that Del Negro has been facing recently. "When you don't win, you get criticism, unfortunately. That's the way it is. I think the younger you are as coach, the more it is if you don't win. If it was a veteran ...

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