Rivers and Simmons Trade Jabs Over Coach’s Departure

Published On June 28, 2013 | By Tyler Scionti

Things got pretty heated during the second round of the NBA draft between Doc Rivers and notable Celtics fan and sports writer Bill Simmons. The scribe voiced what every Celtics fan has been thinking: that Rivers quit on the team. The problem is that Simmons is on a national stage, therefore reaching Rivers’ ears, and his comments didn’t sit quite well with the Rivers family.

Simmons fired off a gem about Rivers, voicing his outrage over the coach’s choices over the past few weeks that have changed the Celtics as we know them.

“The truth keeps changing.” Simmons said. “[Rivers] is 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,” Simmons said. “When he sticks to a story, I’ll believe the truth.”

Not about to sit on the sidelines and take it, Rivers fired back with a few barbs of his own.

“I would like to call him an idiot,” Rivers said of Simmons, “but I’m too classy for that.”

Rivers was not the only one to get involved though. His son, Jeremiah Rivers, stepped up to his defense via Twitter. Some of them get a bit heated, so here are some of the tamer ones that are a bit more appropriate for a public forum. Feel free to check others out on your own time.


It seems there’s no lost love between the Rivers family and Simmons. And while Celtics fans have reason to be disappointed in the coach, Rivers is sticking to his story that leaving Boston was not a personal decision, it was just that he needed a change of scenery and was heading in a different direction.

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Hi I'm Tyler Scionti, I'm a member of the class of 2015 at the College of the Holy Cross where I study English and Economics. At school I cover a variety of sports while also writing a beat column on the Boston Red Sox.