Doc Rivers is sad to see Terry Francona go

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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

“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.