Report: Austin Rivers played major role in Chris Paul losing faith in Doc

Report: Austin Rivers played major role in Chris Paul losing faith in Doc

Before the Clippers and Rockets reportedly agreed to a trade that will send Chris Paul to Houston, the nine-time All-Star informed the Clippers he was going to leave in free agency.

Why didn't Paul want to stay in Los Angeles?

He lost trust and faith in Doc Rivers, according to ESPN's Michael Eaves.

But why?

According to Eaves, "Paul's relationship with Doc Rivers started to deteriorate rapidly after the Clippers acquired Austin Rivers."

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Austin -- Doc's son -- was acquired in January 2015.

Last summer, Austin signed a 3-year, $35 million deal to return to the Clippers.

As Eaves detailed:

"What really solidified Paul's dissatisfaction with Doc was a proposed trade involving Carmelo Anthony last season. New York offered Carmelo and Sasha Vujacic to the Clippers in exchange for Jamal Crawford, Paul Pierce and Austin Rivers, a deal to which Rivers ultimately said no.

"That event led Paul to feel that keeping his son on the roster was more important to Doc than improving the team. So, ultimately, Paul lost both trust and faith in Doc. As one league executive put it, 'Chris despises Doc.'"

Doc Rivers is both the Clippers' head coach and president of basketball operations.

With Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick entering unrestricted free agency, and DeAndre Jordan having the ability to opt out next summer, it appears the Clippers could be a completely different team in the near future...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Steph Curry explains why it's harder for Warriors to move past drama

Steph Curry explains why it's harder for Warriors to move past drama

Programming note: Watch Wednesday night's Warriors-Thunder game streaming live at 7:30 p.m. PT on the MyTeams app.

Cable news, social media, smart phones, podcasts, the internet, etc. Content, content, content. It just never stops.

Combine all that with the fact that people like drama, and that's why we are in the middle of this Kevin Durant-Draymond Green saga.

While in Texas over the weekend, Steph Curry was asked the following question from Anthony Slater of The Athletic:

"How much more difficult is it to push your team past this when everyone on the outside is reliving it in your face and on your screens?"

Curry's response was...

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...interesting to say the least.

“The one thing I’ll say is it’s a lot more difficult in terms of people knowing everything. Misinformation is another thing. With how active as our guys are on social media, it’s hard not to see that stuff.

“But it tests your character, makes you figure out how to compartmentalize stuff. Either you take it as entertainment or you get influenced by it. Whatever you think, however you are in real life, in terms of how impressionable you are, how insecure you might be, how confident in yourself you might be, that’ll all reflect in how you handle it.”


Without diving too deep into this or speculating unfairly, it sounds like Curry believes the best approach to dealing with all of the noise is to accept that it's out of your control and to always remember that some of the stuff said by TV talking heads is hyperbole intended to stir up controversy because that is what delivers clicks and shares and likes and retweets and ratings, etc.

Or in other words -- don't pay attention and/or don't let it bother you. Clearly, that is easier said than done.

Can't we all just get along and do stuff like this:

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Kevin Durant enters the 'lab' with Steve Nash to fix wayward jump shot


Kevin Durant enters the 'lab' with Steve Nash to fix wayward jump shot

OAKLAND -- Kevin Durant went through his usual post-practice routine Tuesday, which is to say there was intensity and focus and a lot of jump shots dropping through the net.

There was a moment, however, when Durant’s shooting session at Rakuten Performance Center was halted.

NBA Hall of Famer Steve Nash, the Warriors’ player development consultant, saw something and pointed it out to Durant, who appeared fully engaged.

After a few words with Nash, Durant went back to work. He drained his next three shots, each barely rippling the net, from different spots on the floor.

This session, under the observation of assistant coach Bruce Fraser and Nash, is what Durant refers to as “getting into the lab.”

The lab is exactly where he needs to be after spending the last five games struggling with shots he usually makes as a matter of habit. The Warriors lost four of those games.

Durant over the last five games -- beginning with his Nov. 12 blowup with Draymond Green late in the Warriors-Clippers game in Los Angeles -- shot 39.6 percent from the field, including 14.3 percent beyond the arc.

These are not Durant numbers. He has shot above 50 percent in each of the last six seasons. During that same stretch, he shot 39.8 percent from deep.

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With Stephen Curry out, much of the scoring spotlight shifts toward Durant. After the flap with Green, that spotlight turned even harsher.

It may not get any harsher than it will be Wednesday night, when the Warriors face Durant’s former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, with one-time close friend Russell Westbrook back in the lineup.

If Durant starts making the shots he usually makes and seems more focused, perhaps he will have achieved his goal upon getting back in his lab.