Francona thrilled for Rivers

June, 30, 2010
6/30/10
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BOSTON -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona has made it no secret he’s a big fan of the Boston Celtics and a close friend of Doc Rivers.

Francona was ecstatic when he learned the news Wednesday afternoon that Rivers decided to return as head coach of the Celtics.

“From a personal standpoint, I’m thrilled,” Francona said. “I hope he is too. It sounds like there was a lot of thinking involved. From personal experience, after a season like that, I think you’re probably exhausted. I hope he’s really happy with his decision, I would imagine he is or he wouldn’t come back. I’m thrilled and I’m going to re-up my tickets as soon as possible.”

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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