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For Doc and Shaq, no regrets

They didn't win a ring together, but Rivers and O'Neal made the most of their journey

Updated: June 3, 2011, 11:42 PM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The phone started ringing shortly after Doc Rivers landed in his native Orlando. The number was private, and the Celtics coach's normal reaction to a number he did not recognize was to let it go to voice mail.

"But for some reason,'' Rivers said Friday, "I picked it up.''

The voice on the other end was unmistakable.

"Hey Doc,'' Shaquille O'Neal said. "Can we talk?"

Rivers recoiled with surprise. It was the summer of 2010, and just two days earlier ...

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