Doc Rivers Special Treatment & Refusal To Trade His Son Main Reason Chris Paul Wanted Out
On Wednesday, the LA Clippers shocked the sports world by trading star point guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets. Now it’s being reported that the sudden change of direction for the franchise is happening because of nepotism
More details have emerged on the relationship of Chris Paul between Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers. Apparently, it all went downhill because of Doc’s son, Austin Rivers.
“Paul’s relationship with Doc Rivers started to deteriorate rapidly after the Clippers acquired Austin Rivers. Several members of the team felt Austin acted entitled because his dad was both the coach and the President of Basketball Operations. In the view of the tenured players, Austin Rivers never tried to fit in, and when players tried to address the situation with him, he still did not respond the way the core of the team wanted him to. It led to resentment within the locker room, which often played out during games. One of Paul’s biggest contentions with Doc was that Paul, and other players, felt Doc treated Austin more favorably than other players. He would yell at guys for certain things during games and practices, but not get on Austin in the same manner for similar transgressions.
But what really solidified Paul’s dissatisfaction with Doc was a proposed trade involving Carmelo Anthony last season. New York offered Carmelo and Sasha Vujacic to the Clippers in exchange for Jamal Crawford, Paul Pierce and Austin Rivers, a deal to which Rivers ultimately said no. That event led Paul to feel that keeping his son on the roster was more important to Doc than improving the team.”
Here’s what Austin Rivers had to say about Paul being traded:
Dam….cp3 really dipped, was looking forward to lining up with u next year. Learned a lot from u tho bro. One of the best basketball minds
— Austin Rivers (@AustinRivers25) June 28, 2017