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Doc Rivers loving Florida Gulf Coast's Sweet 16 run

By Jeff Goodman | College Basketball Insider

While everyone else shakes their head in disbelief when Florida Gulf Coast point guard Brett Comer throws up one of his now-patented lobs to one of his teammates, Doc Rivers just sits and laughs.

"I used to get mad at both he and Austin (Rivers)," the Boston Celtics coach told CBSSports.com moments after watching his son's childhood friend's Florida Gulf Coast team make history after knocking off San Diego State to become the first No. 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16. "Those guys would be up 30 and would still be throwing lobs to each other. I'd yell at them, but they'd never listen to me."

Austin Rivers and Comer began playing together, and won a championship on a 10-year-old summer league team. Comer moved away for a couple years to Houston, but returned and teamed with Doc's youngest son in the summer and also in high school, where they won a couple of state titles at Winter Park High. Doc Rivers said that playing in big games, whether it was in AAU national championships or on national television at the Hall of Fame's loaded high school event, helped Comer develop the no-fear mentality he has displayed in the team's wins against Georgetown and San Diego State.

"No one else would dare to make those passes," Rivers said. "But he's a tough, confident kid and has an amazing floor sense. He's got plenty of swag."

Comer has racked up 24 assists in the two wins thus far, plenty of them coming on alley-oops to Chase Fieler and Eric McKnight. Rivers wound up watching the game from his Orlando home after giving the Celtics the day off following a loss at Memphis on Saturday.

"It was so much fun to watch," Rivers said. "He deserves it."

Rivers doesn't know Florida Gulf Coast coach Andy Enfield, even though Enfield was employed by the Celtics in the Rick Pitino regime. However, he loves the fact that Enfield -- a second-year head coach -- gives his players freedom on the floor.

"This team has the confidence and they have the right players and the right coach," he said. "He doesn't take their personality away."

"This team is really good," he added. "And I'm so happy for Brett. It's been so much fun watching him."

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