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The Doc Approves

04.23.10 at 10:21 pm ET

Brandon Spikes is dating the daughter of Celtics coach Doc Rivers. (AP)

Celtics head coach Doc Rivers certainly approves of the Patriots selection of linebacker Brandon Spikes with the 62nd overall pick — Spikes is dating Rivers’ daughter, Callie.

“The Patriots made a terrific pick today in Brandon Spikes,” Rivers said with a smile after the Celtics playoff win over the Heat Friday night in Miami. “You’ll remember that name.”

Rivers has spoken on WEEI’s “Dennis & Callahan” on a few occasions over the past couple months about Spikes, and he said he hoped the Patriots would draft him.

“I can tell you where I hope he plays and that’s here, I really do,” Rivers said. “I think it would be a great place for him. … I just want him to do well.”

The 22-year-old linebacker was the defensive captain on Florida and recorded 74 tackles, four sacks and four interceptions in his senior year.

“I think he would be a very good pick because he’s that type of player, smart, a guy that is a thinker on the field,” Rivers said. “So I wouldn’t be surprised to see [him picked by the Patriots].”

CLICK HERE to listen to an audio montage of Doc Rivers talking about Spikes on the Dennis & Callahan Show over the past few weeks.

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