Rivers on way to marathon when bombs hit
by USA TODAY Sports, USA TODAY
Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers told reporters Tuesday that every year he goes to the Boston Marathon after his team finishes practice.
He attempted to make the trip on Monday, but never got there.
“I was on my way,” he said. “I had gotten out of the tunnel when the bomb exploded.
“It’s just awful. It takes the joy out of sports — because that’s what sports is supposed to bring is joy. It took all the joy out of the event and out of the day.”
Rivers’ team was scheduled to play the Indiana Pacers at the TD Garden Tuesday night, but the game was canceled Monday.
“We didn’t cancel this event out of public security fear,” Celtics president Rich Gotham said. “Our venue is going to be safe when we play our next game.
“The notion of playing a basketball game a day later didn’t feel right. Some things are bigger than basketball.”