Doc Rivers’ Money Motivation


We are on the eve of game two. And while I can’t wait for Kobe and the Lakers to pound down on the Celtics, I am sitting here admiring a little motivational tactic by Boston coach Doc Rivers. I haven’t seen this story many places. I didn’t read it in my local papers, neither the OC Register nor the LA Times had it. Maybe I missed it being mentioned during the game. I found it on Yahoo!. Click here for the story.
Doc Rivers rounded up $100 from his players, coaches, and team managers after a loss at Staples earlier this year. He took the $2600 and told the team they could have it back the next time they played in L.A. Well the time came. Boston began surging in the Eastern Conference, and they took out the teams they needed to, to get to the finals. So where was this money this entire time? It wasn’t in some bank account. Doc hadn’t pocketed it. It stashed it in the ceiling. It’s been there the whole time.
Now I know what some of you might be thinking, “$100 doesn’t mean anything to these multi-million dollar athletes.” But think again. No man or woman likes being told to fork over cash. It doesn’t matter how much money they have. There’s a sense of pride, even if a Benjamin to them is like a Washington to us.
Perhaps in the end, it’s more of a cutesy story, than a motivator. The Lakers handled the Celtics easily in game one. Money probably was the furthest thing from their minds after Tuesday’s blowout, but the sickened Celtics were probably still seeing green, sotospeak.

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~ by sotospeaks on June 5, 2010.

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