Celtics coach Doc Rivers is one of three NBA coaches named to the league’s competition committee, along with Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle and Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins. The committee votes on potential rule changes and other competition-related matters.
Rivers said he did not lobby to be on the committee. He said he found out about it via an e-mail.
“It was pretty fun,” Rivers said. “I just happened to open the e-mail. I don’t even usually open my e-mail during the playoffs.”
The committee used to be composed of general managers from each of the league’s 30 teams. Under the new arrangement, the committee will include two owners, four general managers, three head coaches and one representative from the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA).
“It’s something we’ve all talked about they should do,” Rivers said. “I’m glad they did. I think it’s a good move. And I’m happy to be on it.”