Doc Rivers finished his press conference after Wednesday night's win against the Orlando Magic with a tribute to Pat Summitt, who announced her retirement Wednesday after being diagnosed last year with early onset Alzheimer's.
"I want to finish with Pat Summitt," he said through tears. "Retired. She's a neat lady. I got to know her a little bit, and I just think it's sad, in a lot of ways. Not basketball, but everything. I didn't want to get emotional; I'm an emotional person. And when you see a giant like that leave the game - and leave the game because of health - it's just said.
"But she is responsible for women's basketball. She is not just a women's basketball coach, she's a great coach. I'm in this, and the longer I'm in this I just realize how much coaching means to all of us. You think about it today: Pat Summitt is retiring at her age, and Larry Brown is taking a job at his age. And it just tells you how much it's in your blood and how much you love it. And for her not to be able to do it, for me is very sad."
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