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Doc Rivers Criticizes Bill Simmons' Comments On Move From Celtics To Clippers
Published July 1, 2013
TOUCHY, TOUCHY: In Akron, George Thomas wrote the TV exchange "made for great, honest television on Rivers' part." Thomas: "But I had to wonder if Simmons crossed an invisible line that few sports journalists cross. Yes, we all have favorite teams in favorite sports, but for the most part, we don’t allow it to affect our jobs and observations." Thomas wrote, "Good television it was, but I suspect it might be a moment Simmons eventually regrets. ... More and more, it seems that sports fans love to engage in groupthink and appreciate talented writers such as Simmons who can put into words his attachment to the Celtics with sincerity normally reserved for loved ones" (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 6/29). SI.com's Richard Deitsch wrote, "The sequence of ESPN reporter Shelley Smith asking Clippers coach Doc Rivers a question, Rivers going off on Bill Simmons, and Simmons firing back at Rivers was riveting, uncomfortable and -- best of all -- honest television on a network that too often manufactures debates and B.S. arguments -- no pun intended. A great moment for ESPN because viewers were treated to authenticity" (SI.com, 6/30).