Doc Rivers Fires Back at LeBron, Defends Garnett and Pierce Leaving Celtics

Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistOctober 24, 2013

I'm trying to keep all of this straight. Are the Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers all going to enter into a massive four-team feud that spans both of the NBA's conferences? 

Now that Doc Rivers has gotten involved in the spat between LeBron James and the former standouts for the C's, anything is possible. You can take that as a Kevin Garnett reference if you so choose.

As reported by, the new head coach of the Clippers took exception to LeBron's criticisms of the stars he used to coach when he appeared on The Dan LeBatard Show. He spoke about how the situations were different, citing the obvious disparity between being traded and making a free-agency decision. 

Oct 17, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA;  Brooklyn Nets small forward Paul Pierce (34) holds off Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sport

Remember, LeBron blasted Paul Pierce and KG for making the transition over to the Barclays Center after criticizing Ray Allen for joining the Heat, saying that "there were a couple guys who basically [expletive] on Ray for leaving, and now they're leaving," per Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York.

Something tells me that Garnett isn't going to respond to Rivers' latest statements by telling him to worry about the Clippers, even if that's what he did upon hearing about LeBron's remarks. After all, Rivers is on KG's side in this debate. 

Pierce may be even quicker to form an alliance with Rivers, as his former coach defended him to an even greater extent:

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.

Really though, this whole feud is hilarious. The Nets seem to have a knack for getting into nonsensical debates that seem like they should be taking place on a middle-school playground rather than the national news. 

It's gone completely overlooked that LeBron's original marks closed with him saying, "Doc [Rivers, former Celtics coach], KG and Paul did that as well. You can't criticize someone who does something that's best for their family." He then acknowledged that he did the same thing by leaving behind the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

But as B/R's Alex Espinoza noted, this is only going to make for a stronger rivalry between the Heat and Nets, two of the elite teams in the Eastern Conference. And now it seems as though Miami might be a little worked up for games with the Clippers as well. 

Yay for bulletin board material?