“Doc turned me into a player that I ended up being,” recalled Paul Pierce on his relationship with Celtics Head Coach Doc Rivers. “He really taught me the game. He challenged you day to day. He could fight you!” Pierce attributed Rivers’ NBA career to his ability to communicate with players and earn their respect. After leading the Celtics to their 17th NBA World Championship title in 2008, both Pierce and Rivers left the team following the 2012-13 season.
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