Doc Rivers Ends News Conference with Unprompted Endorsement of Johnny Manziel

PORTLAND, OR - DECEMBER 26:  Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers smiles against the Portland Trail Blazers on December 26, 2013 at the Moda Center Arena in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Josh MartinNBA Lead WriterJanuary 2, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Doc Rivers was jumping with joy on New Year's Day, and not just because his Los Angeles Clippers had beaten the stuffing out of the visiting Charlotte Bobcats, 112-85. Apparently, Rivers had spent some of his New Year's Eve watching what may have been Johnny Manziel's collegiate swan song during Texas A&M's thrilling 52-48 win over Duke in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Otherwise, it'd just be silly for Doc to profess his love for Johnny Football at the end of a press conference—without any prompting from the attendant media, no less.

"I don't know if you watched Johnny Manziel, but that was unbelievable," Rivers proclaimed. "C'mon, guys! Did y'all see that?"

Yes, Doc, we saw it. But for those of you who didn't, all you need to know is that the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner piled up 455 total yards and five touchdowns while leading his Aggies all the way back from a 38-17 halftime deficit at the Georgia Dome.

Like most football lovers out there, Rivers just wants to see Manziel play, regardless of where and with whom. "I've never watched a college player, honestly, more in my life, in one year," Rivers added. "I don't care what he does next year, I just want to see him play. Go back to college and play, go to the pros—I just want to see him play."

Rivers, though, stopped short of suggesting that his hometown Chicago Bears should turn to Johnny Football for salvation. "I like [Jay] Cutler," Rivers said defiantly. "I'm a Bear. You stick with the guys!"

Even if those guys haven't been to the playoffs in three years? Surely, Doc knows better than that.


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