Thursday , Nov , 19 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Doc Rivers: Hand Check Rules Have Brought Back Little Guards

Celtics coach Doc Rivers says he jokes with Rajon Rondo that the young point guard wouldn’t have survived in the NBA twenty years ago.

"I kid with Rondo all the time, telling him there’s no way he could have played in my era," Rivers told reporters recently.

"The hand check was so important back then, and they’ve taken that away, and that’s basically what’s brought back the small guard, which is probably a good thing."

The NBA outlawed the hand check in 1994.

"Everybody was big back then, and slow for that matter. Now it’s a quickness thing, but you can get bigger points that have speed, which is what makes Chauncey [Billups] so tough to guard."