Doc disappointed in Kidd-Frank break up

NEW YORK -- Doc Rivers is friendly with Jason Kidd.

And he once had Lawrence Frank on his staff in Boston. So when the Clippers coach heard that Kidd demoted Frank just over a month into the season, Rivers was stunned that the two were going through a divorce.

"Yeah, it did," Rivers said before the Nets and Clippers played. "And it’s disappointing, quite honestly. Because I’m a friend of both. And I just wish they could have figured it out.”

As for Rivers' relationship with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, the Clippers coach said he still remains in contact with his former Celtics stars.

"Me and Paul and Kevin, we talk so much," Rivers said. "It’ll be different from last night [when Rivers made an emotional return to Boston], but we talk so much. I haven’t coached against them in quite a while, so that’ll be different. That’ll be strange."

"This will be more fun," Rivers explained when comparing his return to Boston versus facing Pierce and Garnett. "Because I know Paul and Kevin and how competitive they are. So this will be a lot of fun."

When asked about Garnett's slow start to this season, Rivers cited that Garnett's minutes are down, "but I think Kevin has a lot of value to this team." And he thinks Jason Kidd will not have an issue continuing to bring Pierce off the bench.

"I don’t think he cares," Rivers said of Pierce not starting. "One way or the other, Paul’s a ball player. If I asked him to come off [the bench] he would have. He’s a professional scorer, he’s still trying to get 100 percent healthy. I don’t think Paul minds one way or the other."