On NBA Draft night last year, Bill Simmons and former Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers got into a war of words. Their spat made for great television.
Simmons, a former blogger turned ESPN basketball analyst – and lifelong Celtics fan (he wears it on his sleeve) – was disappointed to see his team trade away Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett for a handful of draft picks, not to mention see the title-winning Rivers leave for ironically greener pastures. In a live, on-air interview, ESPN’s Shelley Smith asked Rivers, who now coaches the Los Angeles Clippers, what he felt about Simmons’ accusation that Doc had “quit” on the Celtics. Rivers replied “I would like to call him an idiot but I’m too classy for that.”
The cameras immediately panned back to Simmons and company in the studio who, somewhat stunned, responded “The truth keeps changing. He’s giving different quotes about this. He did know. He didn’t know. He kind of knew. He wanted the trade to happen. He was coming back. He needed a year off. When he sticks to a story, I’ll believe the truth.”
Now, allegedly, Simmons has pissed off another former point guard: Magic Johnson.