Doc Rivers questions Durant 'from a competitive standpoint'

Clippers coach says it was 'tough' to see KD join Golden State

Karl Buscheck
May 30, 2017 - 2:19 pm

Less than a year after his own failed attempt to bring Kevin Durant to the Los Angeles Clippers, head coach Doc Rivers expressed disappointment in the former MVP's decision to sign with the Golden State Warriors.

“It is tough when you see a guy join a team — in Durant’s case what he did this year,” River said on “Mike and Mike” on ESPN Radio. “That was tough for anybody, anybody’s that’s competitive, to watch. 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.”

Rivers, of course, was the coach of the Boston Celtics when the superstar trio of Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett headlined the roster.

Last summer, the Clippers were among the finalists in the KD sweepstakes, with an ESPN report even claiming that Durant had been “blown away” by the Pacific Division club's pitch.

“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.”

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