Gerald Green has been an inconsistent scorer for Doc Rivers, but the Celtics coach doesn’t worry.
“It’s maddening during game time,” said Rivers. “But after the game when you look at the note on your desk, Gerald is [20 years old], you relax and you stop looking at the negative things that happened and you start looking at each positive thing he did and how those are starting to go up, not down. So it’s tough to watch at times. It’s tough for him, too. It’s tough when you’re getting scored on, you make a mistake. And now that he knows it, it’s even more dangerous. Last year at times he would make mistakes and he knew his mistakes but he didn’t know why. Now he’s starting to learn why and it kind of makes you think about it more at times. I think you all can clearly see improvement in him.”
Rivers was asked if having an 18-year-old son (Jeremiah, who plays for Georgetown) makes it easier to coach his young players.
“It does in some ways,” he said. “It’s not that far off, age wise. I scratch my head as a parent relationship sometimes. It’s easier to understand when two years later, that’s who you’re coaching. It does help in some ways. I don’t know if it makes me any more patient. I wish it would.”