Doc Rivers reunion on hold

With former Celtics Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry in town with the Brooklyn Nets, the anticipation of Rivers facing his former players was Saturday’s subplot.
That fizzled when Pierce (groin) and Garnett (ankle) couldn’t play because of injuries. Rivers had mixed feelings about the showdown in any case and likened to coaching against his son, Austin.
“It’s different. I don’t know if I feel weird but it is different,” Rivers said. “I only had nine years with Paul. When you have nine years with a player and now you’re not with that player, that’s different. Just watching them is strange.
“Those games are harder for me. I don’t want to liken it to Austin but it’s similar. I was taught that last year. I thought it would be really cool to coach against your son and then in the middle of the game I realized I didn’t enjoy that. That was no fun for me. Your son makes a basket, as a parent you should be able to cheer.
“And he made one big bucket and I wanted to smack him. And that’s not fun, that’s not right, not natural.”

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