Celtics coach Doc Rivers showed how much trust he has in his assistant coaches and players Tuesday night when he left their preseason game against the Nets and let them run the show in the second half.
Or, he just really wanted to check out the presidential debate.
That’s what Rivers had some people thinking Tuesday night when he didn’t return to the sideline as the Celtics lost to the Nets at TD Garden. While Rajon Rondo and company just about pulled off the last-minute win, Rivers was nowhere to be seen — leading to speculation that he was more concerned with the battle between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
Doc Rivers told reporters before the game that we should all leave at 9 to watch the debate. Said he might, too. We thought he was joking.
— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) October 17, 2012
The debate, which featured Obama and Romney really going after each other in a town hall-style forum, got plenty of attention on Twitter, even from those flipping back to the Celtics game.
Doc Rivers in his office watching the debate while Celts play Nets… He thinks Obama needs to go his left more.
— Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) October 17, 2012
While it would have been interesting to hear Rivers’ thoughts on the presidential race, his disappearing act didn’t appear to taint his reputation among some of his fans.
I wish Doc Rivers would run for President, he knows what it takes to make a team
— Tyler Lahue (@kp43formvp) October 17, 2012
Hey — you can always write in your choice on the ballot.
Mitt Romney photo via Facebook/Mitt Romney