Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers is flat out wrong -- and nobody seems willing to tell him this. In an ESPN radio interview with John Thompson and Doc Walker, Rivers made the ridiculous assertion that the Lakers still haven't beaten the Celtics' starting five.
Apparently, Boston was allowed to start only four players in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
Of course, he's saying that because Kendrick Perkins didn't play because of injury, the Lakers' don't deserve full credit. Call this sour grapes or an excuse. Call it cheap or petty. But just make sure to call Rivers wrong.
Here's what Captain Revisionist said: "They still have not beaten our starting five. Our starting five against the Lakers starting five has a ring. Tell him don’t forget that. We will be back strong and Perk (Kendrick Perkins) will be there next year if there’s a game seven.”
So according to Rivers, the Lakers win is tarnished. Somebody apply an asterisk to the record book, right? In River's world of denial, the Lakers haven't really beaten the "real" Celtics, right?
Let's just pretend that Rivers has a point for a second. If Perkins doesn't get hurt, the Lakers don't win. But if we give Rivers that, then we have to take away the Celtics' 2007-08 ring because that wasn't against the Lakers' "real" starting five either. If you remember, center Andrew Bynum missed that series because of injury.
So when River says, "our starting five against the Lakers starting five has a ring," he is dead wrong.
I'm just amazed that nobody has said the following to Rivers:
Doc, according to your ridiculous and bitter reasoning, the Celtics have never lost to the Lakers. But how can you then say the Celtics beat the Lakers starting five when Andrew Bynum didn't play? If everybody has to be healthy for the title to count, nobody has really beaten anybody. Your argument is awful because it tarnishes your own championship that you won (and deserve). You're being stupid. You sound childish. Stop it.
And here's where the double standard comes into play. If Phil Jackson had said this, he would have been crucified for being arrogant and egotistical. But Rivers says it -- and he somehow gets a pass.
Perhaps he should stop making excuses and ask himself: How in the world did we possibly blow a 13-point second half lead in Game 7 of the NBA Finals?
In other words, find a mirror.