MIAMI – Celtics coach Doc Rivers doesn’t appear too concerned with the big Miami Heat ceremony set for pre-game before the teams’ season-opener Tuesday night.
“It’s not that big of a difference because they’re going to start early, when we would be in locker room, anyway,” Rivers said of the Heat’s plans to present of championship rings to their players and raise the banner on their NBA title.
“The only difference is there will be 16 minutes on the clock instead of 20. Our guys don’t usually come out until about 17 minutes on clock, anyway. So, it’s not going to be that big a difference. The only difference is we’ll hear it in the locker room, you’ll hear all the speeches and the noise.”
The ceremony was scheduled for 7:30, lasting about 15 minutes. The game was scheduled for 8.
The Celtics lost to the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals last season.
“We didn’t really look forward to it, we were hoping that Oklahoma was playing Miami on opening night, to watch ring night,” Rivers said before the team’s shootaround Tuesday. “I don’t know why they chose us. They deserve it, they won it last year, they had their day. We had our day, LeBron (James) had to sit and watch that. He’s probably been through several of them, he’s been through two. This time is payback night and he deserves it, he really does. He’s probably gone through more scrutiny than any player, maybe any athlete that I can ever remember. In that light, I’m happy for him. I just wish he could have waited.”