HoopsHype Doc Rivers rumors

March 31, 2015 Updates
March 30, 2015 Updates

While the timing of the Celtics' December trade that shipped point guard Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks took some observers by surprise, Rivers was not one of them. "I didn’t know [if Rondo was going to be part of Boston's future]," Rivers said when asked about the trade. "I think at the end of the day, it was more of a Rajon decision, in my opinion...it was more his decision than Danny’s and the Celtics' staff. Rivers continued: "I just think you get a feel for whether [Rondo] wanted to play it out [in Boston] or not, and when you're rebuilding you can't take that gamble of letting an asset out of the door and letting him become a free agent, especially in the rebuilding time. If you're a championship team you can take that gamble because you think he'll come back. If you're a rebuilding team you literally can not take the gamble of waiting to see and getting caught. I think in their case it was almost they had to [trade] him." Boston Globe

Draymond Green is monetizing the smoldering feud between the Clippers and Golden State. The Warriors forward is selling T-shirts and hoodies emblazoned with "COOL STORY GLENN," a reference to Green's shot at Rivers during a radio interview this month. Green used Rivers' given name a day after Rivers had poked fun at Green's strong reaction to being bumped by Clippers reserve Dahntay Jones while conducting a postgame interview. Los Angeles Times

March 29, 2015 Updates
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Just in time for the final Warriors-Clippers regular season game, Draymond Green has unveiled a line of “Cool Story, Glenn” shirts in his official online shop. Green used the phrase numerous times in an interview with KNBR two weeks ago when the player responded to sarcastic comments made by Doc Rivers by referring to the Clippers coach’s given name. “I approved it,” Green said Friday, the morning after the release of the line of “Cool Story, Glenn” shirts on Athlete Originals that includes three different designs. “A lot of fans kept asking me for it, so the person who runs my store thought that it would be a good idea. “They sent me the design. I approved.” Green’s “Cool Story, Glenn” gear cost $45 for hoodies and $25 for T shirts. Green said that the recent back-and-forth exchange with the division rival coach Rivers was something that was fun for him. Contra Costa Times

“It’s not for a lack of respect,” Green said. “I respect him. It’s fun. Throughout the course of the season, you find things that’s funny. You have to. It’s just fun. It’s no disrespect.” The tit for tat was touched off by the Clippers’ Dahntay Jones bumping into Green on the court during his nationally televised postgame interview March 8 after the Warriors forward had led his team with 23 points in a 106-98 win at Oracle Arena. Contra Costa Times

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Griffin appeared to direct some harsh words at officials on his way off the court and his teammates continued to feel aggrieved a few days later. "When it comes down to a call, we're not getting it like you saw against Houston," Rivers said. "Those little calls like that … I mean, that's a terrible call." Doc Rivers acknowledged his team needed to restrain itself for reasons beyond player-referee relations. "Forget about the ref part," Rivers said, "I think it allows you to have better focus on your job and I think when you're spending your job on [complaining], there's a chance you're going to miss an ATO [after timeout play] or you're not going to execute properly, maybe not be in the right spot defensively because you lose your focus." Los Angeles Times

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