If the sports media is to be trusted, Doc Rivers is the 5th best coach in the NBA. Yet, when the opinions of NBA players and executives are examined, it’s clear Rivers is arguably the best head coach in the NBA. While the 2008 Championship capped an incredible year, I consider the 2011-2012 Celtics season to be Doc’s most impressive coaching job. With a successful season in doubt, Rivers was the key element in turning the season around. The Celtics were believed to be too old, too injured, and not athletic enough to compete. ”They kept saying, ‘We’re too old,’ but I kept saying, ‘No, we’re out of shape. Let’s wait until later to find out how good we are,” Rivers said. Rivers refused to accept that his team could not compete with powerhouses such as Chicago or Miami. “Miami and Chicago are the favorites, but I like us,” Rivers repeatedly said.
One of the not-so-fun parts is sports injuries. If your child plays sports for any length of time, injuries will happen. They’re an inevitable part of an athlete’s life.
Getting a diagnosis and treatment for the injury is easy; the hard part comes in the days/weeks/months of recovery that follow. What can your child do to make the most of this frustrating time?
By Phil DeGuglielmo
In a recent piece in The New Yorker, writer and surgeon Atul Gawande takes a look at the potential benefits of coaching for various professions. As we’ve previously discussed about the benefits of coaching in sports, Gawande believes many professions could benefit from having a personal coach observe their performance and provide insight for improvement. Gawande decided after years of experience in the operating room, he would use a personal coach, retired general surgeon Robert Osteen, to see if it could benefit him.
By Phil DeGuglielmo
Sean’s basketball playing career began as a four-year starter for Milford High School. In his senior year, he was named Central Massachusetts Player of the Year. After high school, Sean played four years at Stonehill College. During his senior year as captain, he was named to the Northeast-10 All-Conference team after leading Stonehill to the NCAA Division II Final Four in 2006. Following Stonehill, Sean had the opportunity to play professionally in England for the Worcester Wolves.