Los Angeles Clippers’ star Paul George attempted to clear the air about his earlier statement on Doc Rivers.
A few days ago Paul George was on ‘All the Smoke’ podcast. There he criticized how the then Clippers’ head coach Doc Rivers used him throughout the season. He complained about the fact that the way Doc used him inhibited him from playing his natural game and hence the poor performance.
It almost sounded like PG was trying to shift the blame of his poor showing in the bubble on Doc Rivers. He faced a lot of backlash from the fans, as Doc Rivers is a very respected coach in the NBA community. As part of the Clippers’ media day, George took an opportunity to clear the air about the same.
“I want to clear things up, I respect Doc.”: Paul George
In his interview, George took responsibility for blowing a 3-1 series lead against the Nuggets in the second round. Then he went on to reaffirm the fact that he respects Doc and praised him.
“I’m the one who blew the 3-1 lead, not Doc. I take full responsibility for it. It haunts me every night. I respect Doc.”
Paul George says he takes responsibility for the Clippers blowing the 3-1 series lead vs. Denver and isn’t trying to put the blame on others or Doc Rivers: “The fact that I gave up 3-1 series sits with me and haunts me. … I want to clear things up: I respect Doc.”
— Jovan Buha (@jovanbuha) December 4, 2020
George also made another interesting comment about wanting to retire with the Clippers. This is something he did while with the Pacers and the Thunder as well.
Paul George in his first media session of the season: “I want to retire a Clipper”
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) December 4, 2020
With the new season just a few mere days away, it would be interesting to see how the Clippers fare without Doc, under the guidance of their new coach Tyronn Lue. It would also be interesting to see how the Sixers perform under Doc’s guidance.