Rivers: Assistants are equals

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Celtics head coach Doc Rivers with assistant coaches Armond Hill and Kevin EastmanWhen the Boston Celtics promoted Mike Longabardi to bench assistant Wednesday, the lingering question was whether head coach Doc Rivers would give any of his staffers the title of "top assistant." Early indications are he'll avoid assigning any further tags.

Responding to a request for clarification on the top assistant spot, held down in recent seasons by Tom Thibodeau and Lawrence Frank, Rivers indicated that all of his assistants are equal in his mind and each one will simply continue to have an area of focus for the team. Either Longabardi, Kevin Eastman, or Armond Hill will occupy the seat next to Rivers next season, but apparently you shouldn't read anything more into it.