Doc Rivers Rumors

The sleep doctor was Charles Czeisler, director of sleep medicine at Harvard Medical School, whom Rivers had consulted before the season, asking him to identify trouble spots on the schedule. Czeisler noted that the Celtics would be flying into Phoenix after facing the Trail Blazers in Portland the night before — and Cleveland in Boston two nights before that. With so much travel across so many time zones in just three days, “your instincts will be bad,” he said. “It’ll be like playing drunken basketball. You will not win this game.” After the loss, Rivers realizes that Czeisler was right and that it’s time to start adjusting routines. He calls his Big Three into the office: “We’re changing, immediately.”
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Today, Rivers is keenly aware of which games are “unwinnable” — so much so that he’s actually considered the once-unthinkable: forfeiting. Rivers, now the Clippers’ coach, recalls that LA was scheduled in 2014 for back-to-back games, the second on the road, immediately following a seven-game road trip. “I contemplated keeping the team home, literally,” Rivers says. “We knew we were walking into getting our ass kicked, and that’s what happened. “What is it they say? If you have less than five hours of sleep for three days in a row, your reactions are that of a legally drunk driver? We’ve seen that with our own eyes.”
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Many NBA players and teams are reluctant to travel 12 or 13 hours to Asia. When the Los Angeles Clippers played the Charlotte Hornets last year in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, L.A. head coach Doc Rivers said if given a choice he would rather keep his players at home. NBA teams have played regular-season games before in Asia. Between 1990 and 2003, there were 12 regular-season games in Japan, involving 10 teams. Many Chinese fans are upset about China not getting the same treatment, especially given the fact that the Chinese market has been bringing in massive revenue for the NBA. But, for now, they’ll have to keep waiting.
2 weeks ago via ESPN