Rivers still pained by Finals loss in '94

The current Celtics coach was injured, couldn't help when the Knicks lost to the Rockets

Updated: June 15, 2010, 8:32 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

Phil Jackson should have known Doc Rivers defers to no head coach with a Mount Rushmore résumé and an ego to match. Back when he was playing for Jackson's old team, the New York Knicks, Rivers marched into Coach Pat Riley's office and demanded to be cut.

Rivers had just come off the major knee surgery that cost him most of the 1993-'94 season, cost him a chance to compete against Houston in the NBA Finals, and cost him a spot in Riley's rotation that fall.

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