“I don’t think I would be the coach of the Celtics or a lot of other things if Rick was not in my life, if Rick had never come in my life,” Rivers said in an interview posted on Marquette’s website. “He gave me great love, great attention, great tough love. He made me grow up. He made me a better person and a better player.”
The Marquette basketball team will honor Majerus by wearing a black and yellow ribbon with the initials “RM” on its uniforms for the rest of the season.
Rivers flew back to Boston in time for the Celtics’ evening game against Philadelphia.
“It was just a long day, a tough day,” he said. “Rick was important to me. I felt I had to be there.”