Add Doc Rivers to the list of 2008 Celtics who don’t care for the way the Warriors have built their super team.
Speaking on Mike & Mike this week, Rivers said Tuesday that from a competitive standpoint, he found it disappointing that Kevin Durant would join the Warriors after being eliminated by them.
Durant came a win away from advancing to the NBA Finals last season, but saw his Thunder blow a 3-1 series lead to the Warriors, who would go on to lose to the Cavaliers with a blown 3-1 lead of their own. Upon becoming a free agent, Durant took meetings with the Thunder, Warriors, Clippers, Spurs, Celtics and Heat before taking a two-year, $54.3 million to play for Golden State.
“It is tough when you see a guy join a team -- in Durant’s case what he did this year. That was tough for anybody, anybody’s that’s competitive, to watch,” Rivers said. “He lost, and then he joined. Having said that, it was his choice, I have no problem with him, but it’s something from a competitive standpoint, you would think you wouldn’t do."
“I have no problem with him doing it, it’s just something from a competitive point, for me, I guess when I played it would have been tough for me to join Detroit. Having said that, he has the ability to do it, guys are doing it, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
Rivers is not the only member of that Celtics team, which was built when the Celtics traded for Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to add to Paul Pierce and a young Rajon Rondo, to paint Durant’s choice in a less-than-flattering light.
Paul Pierce criticized Durant for it during the season and re-iterated his stance Tuesday on ESPN’s “The Jump.”
“I’m just not built like that. I’m not a guy who goes into neighborhood, gets beat up by the bully’s game and then now I want to join your game. That’s just not me,” Pierce said Tuesday. “I want to fight. Let’s go. I’m going to stand up for myself, and that’s just the competitive nature of where I come from, the era I grew up in.”