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RC: I'm sure it would be great. You have to remember, I was fortunate to be drafted by Red Auerbach. I played for the Celtics for three years. I was around a lot of guys who had that kind of pedigree. A lot of people think that Red Auerbach could be a menacing guy to be around. I found that he had a great feel for getting his point across and also softening it up and encouraging you.
DP: When the Lakers' Andrew Bynum took down J.J. Barea in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals, did you first think about your player on the ground or the guys on the bench to make sure they didn't go onto the court?
RC: Initially Barea. I didn't think our bench was going to go onto the floor. We talk about that. We rehearse those situations. Our guys know what's at stake.
DP: How do you rehearse that?
RC: In practice you set up situations where guys are on the bench, and [you] say, "Now there's a melee." Three coaches, an equipment guy and a trainer get up and blockade everyone off, and nobody leaves the bench. It sounds dumb. It helps to set it up exactly like that. When that happens, guys know the right thing to do.
DP: Is a five-game suspension next season for Bynum adequate?
RC: It's significant. League officials are very sensitive to these kinds of situations. In their mind they're going to err on the side of severity. I'm fine with it.
DP: You said Dirk Nowitzki was one of the top 10 players of all time. I can't see taking off any of the guys you usually find on that list for Nowitzki.
RC: Reasonable men have a right to disagree.
DP: Would you say that if you weren't the Mavericks coach?