Rivers surprised by Sloan's retirement


Rivers surprised by Sloan's retirement

By A.Sherrod Blakely

BOSTON The news of Jerry Sloan's unexpected retirement caught everyone by surprise . . . including Celtics coach Doc Rivers.

Sloan held a press conference Thursday afternoon announcing his retirement after 23 seasons as an NBA head coach - all with the Utah Jazz.

"It caught us all off guard; it caught me off guard," said Rivers. "He's been there like this rock; and now the rock is gone. It's like your franchise moved or something. It's just strange."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson, who has competed against Sloan both as a player and as a coach, regrets that his long-time adversary will leave the game without having a title despite producing teams that were routinely among the NBA's best.

"You hate to see a guy go out without having won a championship after all the great teams he's had," Jackson said.

Sloan ranks third all-time in wins (1,221), trailing Don Nelson (1,335) and Lenny Wilkins (1,332).

He is also the only coach in league history to win 1,000 or more games with one team.

And when you talk of consistency, few can marvel what Sloan has done with the Jazz.

He is one of just three coaches in NBA history to have 15 or more consecutive winning seasons, joining Pat Riley and Jackson, each with 19.

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached atsblakely@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Gordon Hayward had surgery on his left ankle Wednesday night.

While there was hope he could return, Hayward's agent told Adrian Wojnarowski that the Celtics forward is unlikely to play for the remainder of the season.


Hayward suffered a dislocated ankle and fractured tibia in the first quarter of Boston’s 102-99 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-8 All-Star landed awkwardly on his ankle after a lob pass by Kyrie Irving was deflected by LeBron James.

“We’re expecting this to be a full recovery,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Wednesday, “No timeline on it but a full recovery.”


BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games


BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their thoughts on Kyrie Irving’s struggles, not having Gordon Hayward, and the Celtics losing for the 2nd time in as many nights.

6:31 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the message delivered by Hayward to the fans before the game, what was going on with Kyrie’s shot, and why they failed in stopping The Greek Freak.

10:33 - Albert Breer joins BST to preview the Falcons/Patriots Sunday night game and if Atlanta is in the middle of a Super Bowl hangover.

15:40 - In a new game called On The Clock, each person gets 40 seconds to rant on their selected subject including if Red Sox fans can root for the Yankees if the playoffs and how painful the Bruins season will be.