Doc Rivers admits he gets other team's coaches to help him
In a Celtics.com article by Marc D'Amico, Boston's head coach revealed that he frequently asks opposing coaches why they choose to defend his team in certain ways. Said Rivers:
“It’s nice when you play, honestly, a team that’s not in the playoffs and you know the coach, because after the game you can ask what their reasoning is for choosing one or the other. It’s been interesting the comments that I’ve gotten back. They’ve always helped, and they’re open, for the most part. I mean, they’re not going to tell you their secrets, but they’re going to tell you some of their thoughts.”
I've met Doc Rivers a few times, and he is an incredibly likable and friendly person. It comes as no surprise that he's able to build relationships with coaches from other teams. Clearly this seems like a smart strategy if he can pull it off; it's also one of the advantages of having a former player as a head coach. I wonder if this is league wide thing? I can't imagine many guys being very eager to give Eric Spoelstra tips on how to guard LeBron.