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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."

2. A picture of yourself at the Great Western Forum, in front of Randy's Donuts and sitting next to the Chick Hearn Statue in front of Staples Center.

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).

--Mark Medina

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Luckily they were able to find their cash.

Unfortunately they were UNABLE to find thier DEFENSE.

Ho Hum...

I think this shows the great respect Doc has for the lakers.


He was basically saying that the Lakers were going to make the finals in February.

Thanks Doc, you were right about that!

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@Mark Medina


Hey Mark, hope you enjoyed the game. Just wanted to say that the new Chat ap is waaaay better than the old, thanks for keeping us up-to-date on how loud Staples was, it doesn't come across on TV whereas when we play in Boston it's like they've miced the crowd. Hmmm, maybe they do?


Also, if you did start an '8 on 5' chant or any other chants I threw out there last night, thanks again. But you've probably got enough to do.


Anyone going to Sunday's game? Start your voal warm-ups, get the 5 resonators in tune and practice your tongue twisters like any good actor woul, we need Staples LOUD on Sunday. let's show these greenie weenies who's taking home the Larry O this year.

Besides, it's CONCEIVABLE that it could be the last Staples game this year.

Or is it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D58LpHBnvsI

I'd like to start a bandwagon


COACH JOHN WOODEN IS A LEGEND, BE WELL IN ALL THINGS THAT COME

1) Jamie Sweet - Lifetime admirer of Coach and the many life lessons he's imparted to people regardless of athletic ability. Thanks Coach.

Also, Doc should've left the money up and gone double or nothing on a Finals win, just getting there is only admirable. Too late now, cat's outta the bag.

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SAY A PRAYER FOR THE GREATEST COACH OF ALL COACH JOHN WOODEN – BANDWAGON
COACH JOHN WOODEN IS A LEGEND, BE WELL IN ALL THINGS THAT COME
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(01) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER – CHAPLAIN - Dear Lord, while we, Your children would love to hold on to a piece of Your glory by spending a few more moments with Coach Wooden in our lives, the reality is that Coach has run his race and honored You with his life. Should You call him to eternal glory, we will tearfully celebrate his legacy. Should You grant our wish and allow him a few more moments on Earth with us, we will celebrate Your grace and mercy. Whatever the outcome, Your will shall be done and we praise You for it...and for Coach's life.
(02) VMAN – OWNER - Thoughts and prayers with John Wooden and family. Would love to see the living legend celebrate his 100th birthday. He's always been the definition of a life well lead. John Wooden The man should be the 5th face on Mt Rushmore. Get well, sir, you've got a 100th birthday to celebrate!
(03) MARK G. – DRIVER - GL Coach Wooden.
(04)
(05) G IN DC – RIDING SHOTGUN - If coach Wooden should pass, at least he lived a lonnnnnng and hopefully full and rewarding life. GCOAT!!!
(06) MAMBA24 – He was 10Rings before 10Rings. May the Force, All that Is, God, Jehova and whatever force that can help be with you. You personify Basketball and you personify Class. You won all your tiles the old fashioned way…YOU EARNED THEM. GOD BLESS YOU SIR
(07 HALOS ANT - You CAN'T say GREATEST COACH OF ALL-TIME and not mean Wooden. Sorry Phil & Red, as GREAT as you ARE & WERE, Wooden IS the FOUNDATION on which ALL the Great Coaches, IN ANY SPORT, build thier careers on. He is the MOST respected, loved & REVERED LEADER of our time. Get Well Sir. HEAVEN CAN WAIT!!!!
(08) MARC B - COACH WOODEN, YOU'VE BROUGHT SO MUCH JOY TO US, THE FAITHFUL ALUMNI.
COACH WOODEN, YOU ARE AND ALWAYS WILL BE THE STANDARD FOR ALL TO ASPIRE TOO. PREPARING SO MANY TO BATTLE BOTH ON THE COURT AND OFF. INCLUDING MANY LAKERS SUCH AS KAREEM, GAIL GOODRICH, & JAMAL "SILK" WILKES. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOURS ON THIS SOMBER DAY. THE GATES OF HEAVEN AWAIT YOUR CALL. You Are Missed, but Never Forgotten...
(09) LAKERMIKE - PRAYERS FOR COACH WOODEN . . .I grew up (and remain) a USC fan. Too many times to count when UCLA would crush my Trojans in Basketball, thanks to the superior coaching of Coach Wooden. I still remember the year USC lost only two games the whole season (failing to reach NCAA Tourney if you can believe it!) and were ranked #2 in the nation, but still were losers thanks to UCLA.Yet, with all those childhood heartaches, I have 100% respect for Coach Wooden. I wish his family comfort during these private days. Earth was a much better place to be because of John Wooden, and heaven will rejoice upon his arrival. Mike
(10) LAKERLASS - I'm so saddened by the news of Coach Wooden's ill health. I remember the first time I went to Pauley Pavilion. I was actually there for the NCAA men's vollyball championship, but I was so excited and awed to be in the place where the Wizard of Westwood created his magic. But, he is a basketball coach and therefore probably has no problem with our Laker revelry.
(11) EDWIN GUECO - John Wooded is an epitome of what I consider a great coach in action and in deed even when competitions are over. I hope he reaches his 100 birthday but if he has to go at this time, then it his time to rest for a well earned life here on earth. There are the browns, pj, riley, popovich, K, but they are not JW.
(12) Jamie Sweet - Lifetime admirer of Coach and the many life lessons he's imparted to people regardless of athletic ability. Thanks Coach.

Dear NBA player's both Lakers & Celtics. As much as this seems impossible to you from time to time YOU COMMIT FOULS! It's like watching small children on the playground when you whine and complain about every foul called against you. What happened to the days when a player raised his hand acknowledging the foul like a professional? Some called fouls are admittedly questionable but in the history of the NBA has a ref ever taken it back? If you are confused over how to act like a professional you only have to look at Detroit Tiger pitcher Armando Galarraga who lost a PERFECT game due to a admittedly bad call. He was graceful and set a powerful example of sportsmanship that you might well follow.

Add me to the COACH Bandwagon please!

The championship rings the Lakers will earn from the Finals are worth a little more than the $100 the Celtics will earn from their Finals' trip.

Amen, mike m.

In today's economy, who can respect a bunch of rich, spoiled men basically squandering $2600? That's a lot of money to some people.

Doc Rivers did that in 2008 the year the celtics beat the Lakers 131-92 in game 6 to win their 17th NBA Championship and make it 9-3 vs the Lakers in NBA finals history not 2010...LOL


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