He had just witnessed his decrepit old team (and Rajon Rondo, who took a wicked shot at the South Beach crybabies in a quickie interview on the way to the halftime intermission) beat the Miami Heat in overtime to even the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals with the LeBron James Five. But all Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers wanted to do was talk about Tiger Woods.
“I have one thing to say,” Rivers told the media right off the bat — or, perhaps, the driver — after the Celts’ 93-91 win, “that shot Tiger Woods had today was phenomenal, wasn’t it? Wow! Better than ours.”
The beat reporters did not bite immediately on the angle near and dear to the coach’s heart, as the first questioner maneuvered Rivers back toward discussing the Celtics’ defense on the last possession of the game. But the Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett brought the convo back around to Woods’ awesome chip shot on the 16th hole at Muirfield Village to win the Memorial Tournament.
“What did you think about Tiger’s shot on the 16th?” Bulpett queried, according to USA Today. Rivers, an ardent golf fan and a reputed single-digit handicapper in his own right, was more than happy to respond, and noted that Woods was to blame for his late departure for his own game.
“It was unbelievable. Oh, yeah, I was watching,” said Rivers. “I was trying to leave my house to get here, and it delayed me for a couple of minutes, but that’s fine. That’s really cool.”
Rivers even went out of his way to praise Bulpett for his inquiry.
“You see,” said Rivers, “that’s one of the best questions you’ve asked. Thank you very much.”
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