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Doc Rivers admits he'll be 'very happy' when Kobe Bryant retires

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17: Kobe Bryant #24, Lamar Odom #7 and Sasha Vujacic #18 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate after winning the 2010 NBA Championship 83-79 against the Boston Celtics in Game Seven of the 2010 NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kobe Bryant;Sasha Vujacic;Lamar Odom

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17: Kobe Bryant #24, Lamar Odom #7 and Sasha Vujacic #18 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate after winning the 2010 NBA Championship 83-79 against the Boston Celtics in Game Seven of the 2010 NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kobe Bryant;Sasha Vujacic;Lamar Odom

Doc Rivers is head coach (and president of basketball operations) for the Clippers these days, but before coming to Los Angeles, he spent nine years as head coach of the Boston Celtics. He understands the rivalry between the two squads, because he's lived it himself.

The Lakers and Celtics battled twice for championships in recent years, with Boston winning in 2008, and L.A. winning a slugfest of a Game 7 to take home the title in 2010. And because of that very reason, Rivers admitted somewhat candidly that he won't necessarily miss Kobe Bryant once he's gone.

"I'll be very happy when Kobe retires. He's inflicted pain on me - personally." Doc Rivers

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Rivers made these comments on Sunday after his Clippers took down the Wizards in a matinee, before Bryant would face the Celtics for the final time in his career later that night.

Kobe was sharp in a 34-point effort, and was locked in throughout. But behind 26 points from Isaiah Thomas, the Celtics came away with the 107-100 victory -- which had to have put at least a little bit of a smile on Rivers' face.