It’s been a brutal few months for Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers who has been widely criticized by former players and whose comments seem to go against reports indicating otherwise.
The latest player to call out Rivers? Philadelphia 76ers guard JJ Redick who played several seasons with the Clippers, mostly under Doc Rivers.
Rivers, while taking a veiled shot at Chris Paul, who as traded from the Clippers to the Houston Rockets and who also had sharp criticism of Rivers, suggested that Redick “begged” to return to the Clippers.
“There are times players don’t want to be coached by you anymore,” Rivers said, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe.
“Who controls the culture?” Rivers ask in a response to Pauls’ criticisms.
“The players. Always the players. And even with Chris’ comments, he thought about coming back. J.J. [Redick] was begging to come back.”
Well, allow JJ Redick to clear the air and set the record straight.
“There was never any indication from my agent that I wanted to go back,” Redick said. “I didn’t beg to come back. I didn’t want to come back.”
Redick signed a one-year, $23 million deal with the Sixers this offseason.