HoopsHype Doc Rivers rumors

April 2, 2015 Updates

Doc Rivers called it a catalyst moment that brought out the fight in his team. Matt Barnes said that it gave the Clippers more incentive. Paul himself said if Portland might have gone on a run in that fourth quarter the Clippers might have wilted and said, "Alright, y'all can have this one," but never did. Oregonian

April 1, 2015 Updates

The latest bit of verbal jousting came before the Clippers fell to the Warriors 110-106 on Tuesday night at Staples Center. Rivers, the second-year coach of the Clippers, said he could understand why Draymond Green, who has inflammation in his shins, wasn't playing in the fourth and final meeting of the season between the two teams. "That was pretty predictable; they didn't want to take the risk of going 2-2 [in the season series] with their regular guys," Rivers said. "You could pretty much predict they weren't going to play everybody." ESPN.com

"Oh, is that right?" Kerr, in his first year as Warriors coach, said with a chuckle when Rivers' quote was relayed to him. "Either that or we have a nine-game lead and a couple guys banged up. Somewhere in there." ESPN.com

March 31, 2015 Updates

Not 48 hours after the shirts went on sale, Green put an end to it and reiterated that he had “the utmost respect” for Rivers. “A former player, he’s one of the guys who paved the way for me,” Green said. “So I respect all former players. And he’s a champion. He’s proved over the course of time his worth. “I took the shirts down because I know at the end of the day it’s all fun and games. With doing the T-shirt line, if something catches, you use it. But I just knew people would try to make it out to be more than it really is, so I took it down. People try to make it as if I don’t respect Doc.” San Jose Mercury-News

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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