The Loop

Doc Rivers once tried to get ejected because Tiger Woods was making a Masters run

November 02, 2017
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Andrew D. Bernstein

Turns out, even NBA coaches are like us. At least when it comes to Tiger Woods and Augusta National.

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, whose GHIN shows he's currently a 9.9 Handicap Index playing out of historic Bel-Air Country Club, talked about his love of golf on Wednesday, telling a story about trying to get ejected when Tiger was making a run at the Masters during his tenure with the Boston Celtics.

Rivers says he received a text message from his general manager Danny Ainge, another golf fanatic, telling Doc to get himself kicked out of the game so he could come watch Woods with him.

You need to hear Rivers tell the story to fully appreciate it:

This isn't the first time we've gotten a glimpse into Rivers' passion for golf. The 56-year-old head coach, who also played in the league for 15 seasons, once described how he encourages his team to play golf during off days. That's the type of boss any golfer would love to work for. Rivers also consulted Corey Pavin before leading the 2010 U.S. Ryder Cup team.

Of course, these stories pale in comparison to getting the boot to watch the Masters. We'd love to say we'd do the same thing, but that's an ultimate power move by Rivers.

h/t @USAToday