In the past few days, rumors have been swirling around concerning a trade between the Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks that would send the highflying Blake Griffin to New York and the former scoring-title winner Carmelo Anthony to Hollywood.
Some people are in favor of the Clippers and Knicks trade, but we know of one person that certainly isn’t for it, and that’s Clippers coach, Doc Rivers. When asked about the potential trade, Rivers denounced the proposition as ludicrous. “Please, this is stupid,” said the coach. “If you’re the Knicks or whoever, would you want Blake Griffin? I would, so I don’t see what the story is.”
Rivers seems to be frustrated with this talk, but you can’t really blame him. He just found out that the engine and focal point of his team, point guard Chris Paul, is going to be out of commission for at least three weeks, and now he is hearing that his other superstar is in the center of blockbuster trade rumors.
While this may not seem like a big deal, these sorts of things have implications for a team. It can affect a player’s mentality and distract him and his teammates from performing well when they step on the court. Trade rumors can also strain coach-player relationships and cause confusion and frustration within the organization. This is the last thing Rivers wants to be worrying about while trying to get his team prepared for a difficult stretch without their floor general.