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President had tough time connecting with Doc Rivers

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  August 6, 2010 12:09 PM

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It seems Doc Rivers wasn't interested much in talking after the NBA Finals. Even if it was President Barack Obama calling.

Our colleagues at the Orlando Sentinel alerted us to a blog post by Sentinel sports writer George Diaz that details how Doc ignored calls from Obama because he didn't recognize the number.

The president was calling to congratulate the Celtics' coach on a fine season. Doc related the story Thursday after a golf outing in Florida. Doc ended up speaking with the president after Washington Nationals president Stan Kasten, who was a Hawks executive when Rivers played in Atlanta, called Rivers and then passed his phone to Obama when the two sat together at a Nationals game and Obama mentioned he had been trying to reach Doc.

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