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Doc Rivers hides cash away at Staples Center

June 4, 2010 |  2:36 pm

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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