Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers suffered a right Achilles’ tendon injury on Friday night against the Los Angeles Lakers and although an MRI showed just a sore Achilles, Rivers still remembers the pain and feeling associated with the injury.
“It felt like a sharp knife had jabbed in my Achilles’,” Rivers said of the injury scare. “That’s why I was like, ‘This feels like something just tore or something.’ And when it jammed, it felt like something popped, so you feel a popping and a stinging in your Achilles’ and you can’t put no weight on it and you never having anything like that before, with your Achilles’, I’m sitting thinking like … I started getting emotional. That’s one of the worst things that you could have as an athlete these days. … But they came back with great news.”
“So I hoped and prayed that it was nothing serious,” Rivers said. “It turns out I have muscle back there that keeps getting jammed, so it’s caused me not to be able to walk on it. They unjammed it, though. We’ll have to continue to strengthen it. It’s not a problem.”
In fact, Rivers declared he will be ready to play on Tuesday
“I don’t know what they’re talking about, but I feel like I’m playing Tuesday,” Rivers said.
Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell Discusses Altercation with Wolves’ Derrick Rose
When it comes to anyone messing with his teammates, Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell isn’t playing around, and he wasn’t going to stand for Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose approaching Milos Teodosic after some chippy play during Monday night’s game.
“I’m the type of player who sticks up for his teammates,” Harroll said, according to ClutchPoints. “So honestly, when the altercation happened, when I saw D-Rose walking up on my teammate, that’s when it was time for me step in.
“I really don’t care what people feel about it,” Harrell added. “I don’t care who likes it and who doesn’t. I’m the type of player who plays for his teammates. I play for the guys that are on the court with me. And I feel like, at that point in time, Derrick Rose went after a person who really wasn’t even trying to cause that type of situation.”
Harell finished with 13 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and three steals in the victory over Minnesota.
Clippers Trade Wesley Johnson to Pelicans for Alexis Ajinca
In corresponding moves, the Clippers will waive Ajinca and guard Juwan Evans in order to ensure that they are at 15 player roster limit for opening night later this week, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, Los Angeles will save $849K by swapping out Wesley Johnson for Alexis Ajinca and are now $3.9M below the luxury tax.
Clippers’ Tobias Harris Explains Why He Turned Down Contract Extension
Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris turned down a contract extension offer from the team over the summer, one that was a four-year, $80 million contract offer, willing to bet on himself in free agency next summer.
“For myself and my representation, we looked at it. We did really process it to make that decision,” Harris said, according to Jovan Buha of The Athletic. “At the end of the day, it is $80 million. But for me, it’s more of going out and earning what my value is. It has nothing to do with me figuring out what the Clippers are doing or things like that.”
“No, I love the whole organization. I love the team. I hope this relationship that we have is long-lasting. But it’s more of just on myself as a player, just pushing myself to see where I’m at at the end of the year. And we’ll go from there. That’s where it was. Both sides, we talked about it and both sides had really good dialogue on that. So it wasn’t nothing. We really were thankful that offer was there.”
Harris is likely seeking a max contract offer from the Clippers, or a more lucrative offer elsewhere next summer, and will have this upcoming season to make his case that he is worth every penny of such a lucrative offer.
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