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Rockmonster Unplugged: Doc Rivers' most influential hoops friend: Rick Majerus

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  • Eddie Would Go FPO, AE
    April 18, 2017 11:58 p.m.

    Complicated personalities are sometimes hard for people to understand.

    If you are looking for a crude, fat guy, then that's all you will see in Coach Majerus. But if you are willing/able to look beyond the obvious characteristics, he had a lot to offer.

    The loyalty that many of his players showed, and continue to show him, speaks volumes about who Majerus really was.

    Of those of us commenting here, who knew him better than Doc Rivers?

  • Tosa Kid park city, UT
    April 18, 2017 2:45 p.m.

    I went to grade school, high school and college with Rick. I got to Utah in 1974 after graduating from Marquette Universtiy. Rick got here later thanks to Jeff Jonas getting him the job at the University of Utah.

    We stayed in touch but he definitely started to change his personality and core values over time. It was almost that his ego grew as big as his girth. He just turned into a different guy, but not sure why. Maybe because he was so consumed by all things basketball that he was so one demensional that he just kind of lost perspective.

    I will always owe him one though, because when I invited him to speak at my Rotary Club he told the over sized audience that if the three point shot was around when we were in college, I would still be playing.

    I am glad Doc still loves him and maybe a few others, but he pushed away so many people that cared about him. Pretty sad for a guy that had a lot if success and should have had a better ending.

  • utefever kaysville, UT
    April 18, 2017 1:13 p.m.

    Rick was the best. I met him a few times and he was always cordial and nice to me. Always wanted to get the best out of his players. Doleac, Van Horn, and Miller would not have developed without his tenacity to get kids to overachieve. I doubt they complain that he pushed their buttons as they became successful millionaires because of him.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 18, 2017 12:35 p.m.

    65uptoss:

    Not quite. To really sum it up, you need to add that Majerus was responsible for 11 NCAA appearances, 7 Top 25 finishes, and a 22-11 record against your coogs. And, contrary to D. Rose, he never forgot how to coach.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    April 18, 2017 11:37 a.m.

    "obsessive, rude, crude..." Yeah - that about sums it up.