Doc Rivers: Bill Simmons ruined the NBA Draft broadcast

Doc-RiversDoc Rivers and Bill Simmons brought us a bit of rare, unscripted entertainment on Thursday night when they engaged in some verbal sparring on live television during ESPN’s coverage the NBA Draft. Rivers was asked about Simmons’ assertion that he quit on the Boston Celtics, to which Doc responded that Simmons is an idiot who doesn’t know the whole story.

Rivers elaborated on Friday during an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show.”

“They wanted to unload contracts for draft picks,” he explained. “I happened to be one of those contracts. This is a direct quote from an owner: ‘This is a win-win for us. If we can get get a pick for you and you have a chance to go to a team like the Clippers and continue to pursue winning and we can get to rebuilding.’

“That’s exactly what happened last night. Clearly, I had a selfish motive. I had a chance to not rebuild and go to a team that is in a different phase of their franchise. I hope I benefitted from it, but this was done together. This was not me walking into the Celtics and saying ‘I quit’ or anything like that.”

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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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Doc Rivers trade complicates Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce going to Clippers

Paul Pierce Kevin GarnettDoc Rivers was officially traded from the Boston Celtics to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for an unprotected first-round pick in 2015. When the trade between the teams was first discussed, it was believed that Kevin Garnett would be a part of the deal. However, the NBA nixed that, saying that the league’s collective bargaining agreement prevents a coach from being traded for players (they can only be traded for cash and/or draft picks). David Stern also said he would block potential trades of Garnett to the Clippers because trades are not allowed to be contingent upon other moves.

Though the NBA approved the trade of Rivers to the Clippers, they are making it difficult for Garnett, and possibly Paul Pierce, to go to the Clippers.

According to CBS Sports’ Ken Berger, part of the compensation deal for Rivers states that the Clippers and Celtics cannot trade players until the end of the 2013-2014 season. Celtics GM Danny Ainge said in his press conference Tuesday that he believes the NBA mandated that part of the deal.

ESPN’s Marc Stein does say there may be a possibility for Garnett and Pierce to end up with the Clippers despite the league preventing trades between the sides. Stein says KG and Pierce could join the Clippers if they are bought out by the Celtics and choose to sign with the Clips as free agents.

The Celtics hold an option Pierce for at $15.3 million next season, and they could decide to buy him out for $5 million.

“I love Paul and KG. And we haven’t made that decision yet,” Ainge said Tuesday. “I’m not certain of either one of those decisions.”

Garnett is set to earn $12.4 million next season from the Celtics.

The Clippers may have gotten their coach, but the likelihood of them getting the Celtics’ other top players may not be strong at this point.

Doc Rivers’ Wikipedia page hacked after news of Clippers trade

Hackers, or, in this case, angry Boston Celtics fans, went to work on Doc Rivers’ Wikipedia page minutes after news of his trade to the Los Angeles Clippers was released.

The hacking actually started off pretty tamely.

Doc Rivers Wikipedia hacked

Some Clippers fans saw the page being hacked and responded with a jab to the Celtics:

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Doc Rivers trade to Clippers reportedly is ‘completely dead’

Doc RiversTrade talks between the Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics concerning coach Doc Rivers continue to stall, and one report even says they are “completely dead.”

“The deal is completely dead,” a source told Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski

Though Woj reports that the deal is dead, the LA Times’ Broderick Turner says talks ended Friday, but the Clippers expect them to resume.

The issue reportedly is that the Clippers are unwilling to send the Boston Celtics a first-round pick in exchange for Rivers, who has three years and $21 million left on his contract. The Clippers may believe that they can wait out Boston and that the longer this goes on, the more inclined the Celtics will be to relent and accept the deal.

Free agent point guard Chris Paul reportedly has been pushing the Clippers to make the trade. Another stumbling block is David Stern saying the NBA likely would not approve the trade even if the teams agree on a deal.

Doc Rivers reportedly could return to broadcasting

Doc RiversDoc Rivers may be under contract to serve as the Boston Celtics head coach for the next three seasons, but that does not necessarily mean he will be back with the team.

Not only does Rivers reportedly have interest in the Los Angeles Clippers‘ coaching vacancy, but he also reportedly may have interest in resuming his broadcasting career rather than coach the C’s next season.

A source told CSN New England’s A. Sherrod Blakely that Rivers has not ruled out taking the year off and going back to broadcasting.

“You guys (media) have been around Doc long enough to know that’s always been something he’s talked about,” the source told CSNNE. “So it shouldn’t come as a surprise. And frankly, now is probably as good a time as any for him to go that route.”

People with whom Blakely spoke also expressed surprise at the way Rivers has handled the situation. They say it’s not like Rivers to have his name involved in a report saying that he is flirting with another team, and they believe it will be difficult for Rivers to go back to the Celtics in light of the Clippers flirtation.

This is not the first time there has been uncertainty surrounding Rivers’ future. Rivers talked in the past about potentially taking a sabbatical to recharge and spend time with his family. He most notably mentioned this possibility after the Celtics lost to the Lakers in the 2010 NBA Finals, just as his son, Austin, was entering his senior year of high school as a top basketball prospect.

Rivers signed a five-year, $35 million contract in 2011. He has three years and $21 million remaining on the deal.