TNT actually used its "Inside Trax" miked-up coaches feature Tuesday night to give viewers something more than NBA coaches saying things like, "Keep rebounding!"
In the first quarter of the Boston Celtics' hideous 76-72 Game 1 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, TNT presented a nicely edited sequence that showed Boston coach Doc Rivers actually coaching.
First we saw Rajon Rondo coming off a screen and missing a 20-foot jumper. Then there was Rivers on the sideline. "Hey, Rondo," he said, gesturing for the guard to come over. "Nobody's trying to turn the corner. Everybody's coming off to shoot jumpers. All right?"
In the next shot, Rondo came around a screen, turned the corner and drove to the basket for a layup. Cut to Rivers, nodding with approval: "Yes."
The next time "Inside Trax" appeared, Rivers was caught saying, "We've all got to get back on every possession," among other tidbits of coaching genius such as "Let's finish this quarter, guys."
Right, coach. Got it.