He led the Red Sox to their first World Series championships in nearly a century, so Terry Francona has a spot in the hearts of Boston sports fans forever.
But after a painful, epic collapse at the end of last season, Francona is out as the Red Sox manager.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers, for one, will miss him, Rivers told A. Sherrod Blakely at CSNNE.com.
“It’s sad for me,” Rivers said. “For me, it’s like losing a brother.”
Rivers said the coaching fraternity in Boston is a relatively close-knit bunch.
“All the coaches around here, we have a pretty good relationship,” Rivers said. “We talk and we share. To lose that, is really sad.”
Rivers has had more time than usual this summer to watch the Red Sox fall apart, thanks to the lockout. He’s flying around the globe to see his sons play. He’s getting together with coaches and doing some preparation for the season.
But there is only so much he can do — the Celtics have a lot of tough decision to make when the lockout ends that will impact what tools Rivers has to work with this season.
So far, the only substantive accounts of the Matt Barnes-Derek Fisher altercation have come from anonymous sources.
The Knicks coach has deflected questions.
But Barnes is giving his account, at least of the lead-up.
Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:
It’s completely understandable that Barnes would act to ensure his children’s welfare.
And let’s say everything he said is true. It still leaves important questions unanswered.
Did Barnes – as he reportedly texted a friend he did – beat up Fisher and spit on his estranged wife, Gloria Govan? If so, why did Barnes deem that necessary to protect kids?
Gregg Popovich said he wouldn’t coach in July.
Apparently, he’s taking off part of October, too.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:
It’s not that surprising to see Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw staying home. Veterans miss preseason games all the time just to rest. With the Spurs, it happens even in the regular season.
But it’s still a little strange to see the head coach sit out, even though Popovich also did it last year.
It makes sense, though. Who cares about this preseason game? If travelling less helps the 66-year-old Popovich stay fresh in the years ahead, that’s well worth it. Plus, it gets Messina a little extra experience. Some day, he might be the head coach.