Doc, Elton And Duke

Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers and 76ers forward Elton Brand were engaged in a seemingly serious conversation late Tuesday night in a hallway of the Wachovia Center.

Rivers trying to pump up Brand, who's coming back from achilles tendon and shoulder injuries?

Brand looking for tips to help improve his game?

Something more mysterious?

None of the above.

Asked about the conversation after practice today, Brand laughed and said "Duke.''

As it turns out, Rivers was looking for some insight about Brand's school, which has expressed some insight in Rivers' son, Austin, now playing at Winter Park (Fla.) High. The word is, Austin Rivers had made an early commitment to Florida, but is having second thoughts.

Steve Pagliuca, one of the Celtics' owners, was a Duke walk-on, as was his son