Doc Rivers Backing Kevin Garnett & Paul Pierce in Hypocrite Debate is Not Surprising

By Andrew Fisher
Doc Rivers
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You knew at some point that Doc Rivers would weigh in on the ‘hypocrite’ debate involving two of his former players. Lebron James was of course critical of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce for leaving Boston, just one year after they criticized Ray Allen for doing the same thing. His comments got many people across the basketball world talking and debating whether or not KG and Pierce are indeed hypocrites. KG basically told James to worry about his own business and now it appears Rivers has his back.

Here’s what the Los Angeles Clippers‘ head coach had to say to Dan Lebatard:

“Paul and Kevin were traded. They were traded. Paul was traded whether he wanted to be or not. Kevin was the only one who had to agree to be traded even though he had already been traded. He had to agree to the trade. That’s completely different.”

On top of that, as good coaches often do, Rivers placed blame on himself: “You could make more of a case for me leaving than on Paul and Kevin.”

While I get that KG and Pierce are technically hypocrites because they did the same thing as Allen, I agree with Rivers that their situations were completely different. Ray Allen left the Celtics as a free agent to sign with the team’s biggest rival. KG and Pierce were traded out of town as part of a package. It’s very clear that the mindset of the Celtics’ front office is completely different this year, than it was a year ago.

But no matter what side of the debate you’re on, I think we can all agree that all the parties involved, are now in better situations to try and win a championship.


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