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Rivers on Amaechi's coming out: 'So what?'

Updated: February 8, 2007, 12:10 AM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Sure, Doc Rivers heard whispers about John Amaechi's sexuality when they were both in Orlando. But here's what the former Magic coach knew for sure: Amaechi was a good scorer, a decent rebounder, a little bit of a defensive liability and "a fantastic kid."

"He's better than a good kid; he's a fantastic kid," Rivers said Wednesday night after learning that Amaechi acknowledged he is gay. "John Amaechi, when I was coaching him, was a great kid. He did as much charity work as anybody ...

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