‘Dumbest Thing I’ve Ever Heard,’ Clippers Coach Doc Rivers Lights Up Reporter in Presser
Even under the best of circumstances, many NBA coaches have little patience for what they deem to be foolish questions from reporters. Moments after a two-point playoff loss, a coach’s tolerance for ill-thought out queries is generally next to nil.
In the postgame news conference following his team’s 97-95 Game 1 playoff defeat against Utah, L.A. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers fielded a question that he didn’t appreciate. And he let the reporter know it.
Rivers was asked about a late-game sequence in which Chris Paul hit the tying basket for the Clippers to level the contest at 95-95. But 12.9 seconds still remained, and Utah came down the floor to hit the game-winner as time ran out.
Shortly after this crushing defeat, a reporter asked Rivers if Paul had shot the ball too quickly, and if the Clippers should’ve held the ball for one shot to close out regulation.
The perturbed expression on Rivers’ face told the story.
“Who would do that?” Rivers said. “Why would you ever do that?”
The reporter tried to defend his rationale, and Rivers jumped on him.
“So if you miss, the game’s over,” Rivers said. “That makes no sense. That is, like, the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.”
It was, indeed, a classic second-guess from the reporter. Rivers was correct in that, according to long-held basketball theory, the move in that situation is to take the first good shot so that, in the event of a miss, the trailing team could foul and still conceivably have a chance.
But Rivers was unlikely to handle the query in a diplomatic manner in the moments after such a stinging defeat.
“And if you can find another coach to tell you different, I’d love to meet him,” Rivers icily told the reporter.
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