Doc Rivers Gets Misty-Eyed Talking About Pat Summitt Stepping Down, Says ‘She’s a Great Coach’ (Video)


Celtics coach Doc Rivers cut into the line of questioning about his team's win Wednesday and immediately got choked up.

Rivers wanted to make a comment on Pat Summitt stepping down as the women’s basketball head coach at the University of Tennessee, but after Rivers asked to say something, it took him a few moments to get the words out.

"Didn't want to get emotional," Rivers said. "I'm an emotional person, and when you see a giant like that leave the game, and leave the game because of health, it's just sad. She is responsible for women's basketball, but she's not just a women's basketball coach. She's a great coach."

Summitt, 59, was the head coach of the Volunteers for 38 years. She announced last year that she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia-Alzheimer's type but had continued to act as the team's coach until Wednesday.

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