Celtics Talk All-Star Possibilities in Waltham
WALTHAM, Mass. - The Celtics just returned from an impressive four-game road trip out West, but the media forgot all about that successful 3-1 stint this afternoon in Waltham, Mass. Today, it was all about the All-Star game.
None of Boston’s players were voted into the All-Star game by fans, which means the only way they’ll accompany Doc Rivers, who will coach the Eastern All-Stars in Los Angeles, is by being selected as reserves by the NBA’s coaches. Rivers spoke candidly about his firm belief that the Celtics should become just the second team in history to have four reserves voted onto the All-Star team.
“I think I should get four guys on the All-Star team,” Rivers said. “If I don’t, I’d be very disappointed. And if I do, I’m just going to play them all together.”
While he does have a strong sense that it should happen, Rivers does believe there are reasons for him to worry about the possibility coming to fruition.
“That’s why I’m concerned that it will happen, because it hasn’t happened very often,” Rivers said of having four players make the team. “I think it should happen...it’d be nice, and you look at the four guys, all of them have really sacrificed their individual numbers for team wins, and sometimes that’s held against them and I hope it’s not in this case.”
And if it is held against them?
“If they don’t make it, then it says something about the coaches who were voting more than anything else, “ said Rivers. “If they do make it, it tells you that people value team and value sacrifice and understand that.”
Needless to say, we all know that the All-Star production is there for Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo. Due to coaches not being able to vote for their own players, Rivers noted that he may be the only coach in the league who can understand how difficult it would be to put together an All-Star team without his guys on it.
“Voting for four other guys was very difficult, really,” Rivers said of choosing a team without his players on it. “You take our four guys off and try to make an Eastern Conference team… it’s not an easy task.”
It will all go down at 7 p.m. tonight on TNT. Check back on Celtics.com for all of your updated information and to find out how much green you’ll be seeing at the All-Star Game on Feb. 20.