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Doc Rivers’ son Jeremiah blasts Bill Simmons; Simmons has hilarious reponse

Bill-SimmonsThe feud between Doc Rivers and Bill Simmons that began on Thursday is not going to quiet down any time soon, thanks in large part to people like us who find it incredibly entertaining. However, Doc’s son Jeremiah has also done his part to help keep the war of words going.

As you have likely seen, Rivers called Simmons an idiot during the NBA Draft telecast after the ESPN analyst accused him of quitting on the Boston Celtics. Rivers insists that Simmons does not know the entire story (which is probably true), but Simmons’ argument is that Rivers needs to just admit he didn’t want to be a part of a rebuilding project instead of playing coy. Jeremiah Rivers disagrees. First came the resume:

Then, Jeremiah accused Simmons of being a flip-flopper:

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Doc Rivers calls Bill Simmons an ‘idiot’ (Video)

Doc-RiversLongtime Boston Celtics fan Bill Simmons is not pleased with the current state of his favorite NBA team. In particular, the ESPN analyst is angry about the way Doc Rivers forced his way out of town.

At the NBA Draft on Thursday night, Rivers was asked about Simmons’ assertion that the coach quit on the Celtics. As you might expect, Doc disagrees.

“I would like to call him an idiot, but I’m too classy for that,” he said. “That’s just his opinion. That didn’t happen. He really needs to know the whole truth, which he doesn’t.”

Again, we have the whole Talladega Nights “with all due respect” thing, but that’s beside the point. Simmons defended his stance.

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Bill Simmons brings up ‘The Decision,’ TV feed cuts out (Video)

ESPN’s TV signal for the postgame show in Miami following the Heat’s 95-88 win over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 cut off just as Bill Simmons was about to bring up “The Decision” on Thursday night.

Analyst Magic Johnson was praising Pat Riley for assembling the Heat roster when Simmons jumped in and said LeBron James deserved most of the credit for the roster. Then, just as Simmons was about to bring up “The Decision” — the one-hour program on ESPN where James announced he would be signing with the Heat as a free agent — the feed cut out and Jay Harris took over from ESPN’s studio in Bristol.

Conspiracy theorists are having their fun with this one tonight, but I’m guessing it was simply a technical issue that resulted in the feed being killed.

That wasn’t Simmons’ only brush with excitement after Game 7. He also had a crazy fan come at him hard during the postgame show:

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Bill Walton jokes about Bill Simmons suspension, Ray Lewis limousine

Bill-WaltonBill Walton had a night for the ages while he was calling the Pac-12 Tournament game between Washington and Oregon on Thursday night. Those who are familiar with Walton know that the NBA legend has never shied away from saying what’s on his mind and telling the truth. That was certainly the case on Thursday night while he was working for ESPN, and I’m sure the network has already spoken to him about some of his comments.

For starters, there was Walton’s bold remark about spending time in a limousine with Ray Lews:

As you may know, a limo had a lot to do with Lewis’ murder trial back in 2000. One witness who was riding in a limo with Lewis said she saw another passenger get out and dump a laundry bag, which many believe contained Lewis’ bloodstained white suite that was never recovered, into a garbage bin outside a fast food restaurant. Walton’s partner Dave Pasch quickly and uncomfortably changed the subject.

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Bill Simmons reportedly suspended from Twitter for criticizing ‘First Take’

Bill-SimmonsBill Simmons reportedly was suspended by ESPN from Twitter for a few days for criticizing “First Take” last week.

Last Thursday, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman went on the offensive attacking host Skip Bayless during an appearance on the ESPN morning show. The video went viral, and there was no comment from ESPN on the embarrassing segment.

Simmons, who is the most popular writer at the network, addressed the Sherman-Bayless exchange on his Twitter account later that night.

“I am not defending this segment,” Simmons tweeted before linking to video of the exchange. “I thought it was awful and embarrassing to everyone involved. Seriously.”

He also sent this critical tweet:

The tweets apparently violated ESPN’s social media policy (pdf link).

The Sherman-Bayless interview gained plenty of attention because Sherman refused to go along with the questions asked of him and instead made it his mission to bash Bayless.

“I am intelligent enough and capable enough to understand that you are ignorant, pompous, egotistical, cretin,” said Sherman. “I’m going to crush you on here in front of everyone because I’m tired of hearing about you.”

Deadspin noticed that Simmons did not tweet Tuesday or Wednesday. They pointed out that he only tweeted one item Monday and two on Thursday — all three of which were links to Grantland stories. That is after Simmons tweeted daily from November-February, save for Feb. 7, per Deadspin. Deadspin also adds that Simmons did not appear on “NBA Countdown” Wednesday night despite being previously scheduled to do so.

Sports Illustrated media reporter Richard Deitsch says ESPN declined comment on the suspension report.

“First Take” has come under criticism many times before because of some of the antics we have seen on the show. Stephen A. Smith seemed to use the N-word on the program and escaped without penalty. Bayless turned the Washington Redskins quarterback situation into a racial matter, while Rob Parker did something similar and was let go by the network. The show has no credibility or respect by anyone with a brain, and its sole purpose is to rile up viewers by having hosts make outrageous statements.

By suspending Simmons for his critique of the show, ESPN is proving once again that it is choosing ratings over quality programming.

Mo Williams upset with Bill Simmons for saying Jazz need a point guard

Beware, media members: If you question Mo Williams’ abilities, he may be listening, and he will be ready to fire back.

ESPN’s Bill Simmons analyzed the Utah Jazz before the Miami Heat-Los Angeles Clippers game aired on ESPN Friday, and one of his comments was that Utah needed a new point guard. Williams, who plays point guard for the Jazz, heard Simmons’ comment and didn’t care for it. He responded via his Twitter account:

Someone should remind Williams that he has been out since hurting his thumb in a Dec. 22 game against Miami. Should Simmons have factored Williams into the mix when the guy had surgery? Maybe, but it’s not like Simmons’ analysis is off. Utah has been running Jamaal Tinsley and Alec Burks out there. Besides, the reality about Williams is that he is a decent fill-in guy if you need a point guard, but he’s not a long-term solution.

I will say this in Mo’s favor: thanks to Twitter, guys have the ability to respond to critics immediately. Remember in November we saw another athlete similarly respond to a writer?

Bill Simmons: I’ve been waiting for Jeff Green to start dating Manti Te’o

Bill-SimmonsLeave it to Bill Simmons to be one of the first sports analysts to break out a Manti Te’o fake girlfriend reference. Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green has been incredibly inconsistent this season. Every time he rips off a streak of games where he puts up 15-plus points and throws down a dunk like this, it seems like he comes back with three more where he is a complete non-factor. Friday night’s loss to the Chicago Bulls was one of those stinkers.

In a game where the Celtics lost by a point in overtime and could have used a boost from their bench, Green scored just two points in 19 minutes. After the game, Simmons pointed out that Green was invisible — in a way only “The Sports Guy” could.

“Jeff Green, he’s been invisible,” Simmons said. “I mean, I keep waiting for him to start dating Manti Te’o.”

Michael Wilbon did not approve, but I got a cheap laugh out of it. If you believe that Te’o was not in on the hoax after hearing stories like this, you might be less apt to crack jokes at his expense. I’m actually starting to believe Te’o, but he still deserves to be made fun of for being so damn naive.

H/T The Big Lead