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Doc Rivers wasn't taking calls from anyone, including president Obama

Aug 6, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Rivers_Nicholson.jpgUsually, when the President of the United States wants to get in touch with you, he gets in touch with you.

Unless you’re Doc Rivers.

The day after Boston’s Game 7 loss to Los Angeles, Rivers cell phone rang with a 202 phone number. We’ll let the Orlando Sentinel take the story from there.

Doc assumed that it was Stan Kasten, an executive with the Atlanta Hawks during Doc’s playing days there. Kasten is now president of the Washington Nationals baseball team.

The phone buzzed again. Same number. Doc turned it off and settled in for the long ride.

Back in Boston, the phone buzzed again. It was a programmed number — Kasten. May as well pick it up and hear the attaboy condolences from his friend.

“Doc, hold on, I have a friend who wants to say hello.” He gave the phone to the guy next to him.

“Doc this is President Obama. I guess I can’t get you to pick up the phone,” he said.

Obama was sitting with Kasten, watching the Nationals play. Obama, the well known basketball fan, was rightfully impressed with the Celtics playoff run. Just wanted to say congrats.

Coaches: So long as Obama is in the White House, you may want to pick up those calls from 202 with the numbers you don’t recognize. Just a suggestion.

  1. saintez - Aug 7, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    I wouldn’t waste my minutes on a call from Obama.

  2. James - Aug 7, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    Don’t think you’ll have to worry about that! You don’t have to like the man but at least respect the position! I thought President G.W. Bush was the worst we’ve ever had but if I were a professional athlete (or not), I’d take the call! He’s the PRESIDENT of our country!

  3. Courtney Anne - Aug 9, 2010 at 10:07 PM

    I would love to receive a phone call from President Obama. I voted for him and I don’t regret it. Next time I think Doc Rivers will answer his phone.

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