WALTHAM, Mass. -- Celtics coach Doc Rivers often spoke of his close friendship with former Red Sox manager Terry Francona and said he'll miss the pair coaching in the same city.
But Rivers actually knows incoming manager Bobby Valentine as well.
"When I was with the Knicks a thousand years ago, I got to know [Valentine] a little bit," said Rivers. "We lived in the same town in Stamford. I ate at Bobby V’s quite a bit. I can tell you, he doesn’t comp. I can tell you that much about him. I had to pay."
Rivers said he had been in touch with Francona.
"Tito, we talked -- he’s one of my favorite people," said Rivers. "So, I’ll miss him.”