Doc Rivers hides cash away at Staples Center
Leading up this week to the NBA Finals, 710 ESPN's Steve Mason and John Ireland recently ran an a scavenger hunt, offering a pair of tickets to Game 1 of the NBA Finals to anyone who met this specific criteria:
1. A vinyl copy of Randy Newman's "I Love L.A."
3. Any Lakers memorabilia from 1985 for when the Lakers first beat the Celtics in the NBA Finals.
4. A business card from a media member who covers the Lakers
5. A ticket stub from any Lakers/Celtics game
Here could've been idea: find the $2,600 Boston Coach Doc Rivers hid in Staples Center. As detailed by Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer, Rivers collected $100 from his players, coaching staff and team managers following the Celtics' 87-86 victory Feb. 18 against the Lakers, telling his team they won't get the money back until they play the Lakers again at Staples Center.
Those wondering if this served as a motivational tool to return to the NBA Finals only need to know the Celtics wouldn't play them the rest of the regular season, giving Boston a strong chance they'd be without that cash until the 2010-2011 season. Kudos for Rivers in managing the secret so well. I can only imagine if the Lakers found out, it either would've become an item for a scavenger hunt contest, fans would respond in similar fashion to the alleged tail of a construction worker burying a Red Sox shirt within the foundation of Yankees Stadium and of course, NBA Commissioner David Stern telling the Celtics to knock it off (after all, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson withdrawing $50 from a "fine pool" and awarding to players who takes charges is apparently against the rules).
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