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An Open Scolding of Doc Rivers and Mark Cuban

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In case you hadn’t noticed, the wounds are still a little fresh from the DeAndre Jordan free agency fiasco, and the feud that’s followed. Check the dates on those quotes for a second, and then look at when Jordan actually signed with the Clippers. Jordan signed in July, and these comments are coming out of Cuban and Rivers’s mouths two and three months after the fact.

I don’t have any personal insight into the lives of two of the most powerful people in the NBA, but doesn’t this seem small? Mark, I know you sold “Radio on the Internet” to Yahoo! for a bajillion dollars, and I have no business telling you how to live your life, but don’t you have better things to do than throw shade at Doc Rivers? Even if you don’t, it’s a bad look to seem this upset over the signing of one player. Yes, you and I both know Jordan was likely the difference between title contention and scrapping for a playoff spot this year, but if you want to bag the next big free agent, you need to change your attitude, at least publicly.

If I’m a free agent looking at the Mavs and I see the owner constantly complaining about losing out on Jordan, I’m thinking two things. First, that he doesn’t have much faith in the roster at hand, and second, that I can’t trust how he’ll talk about me if I meet with them but sign somewhere else. Was Jordan backing out a little disingenuous? Yup. Would you have done the same thing in Rivers’s shoes to get him to back out? Damn right you would have. You lost the player, it stinks, but it happens. Get over it and move on.

And don’t think I forgot about you, Doc. How hard is it to say “DeAndre chose to stay with us. I’m glad he did and that’s all I have to say on the matter”? It’s pretty easy right? But no, you had to throw some insults as well. How do you have time to do interviews anyway? Aren’t you the coach and the GM? You know why Pop is so short with the media? It’s because he doesn’t have the time to answer their questions. All of his one-word answers are really code for “I’d love to answer that question, but I need to scout Euroleague film in between quarters, so we’ll have to wrap this up.”

You won for crying out loud! Try to act like it and let Cuban look like a sore loser by going on about how you “stole” Jordan from him during the moratorium. You look so much better saying nothing than taking shots at him anyway.

Both of you have more important things to worry about. Maybe instead of insulting Cuban and the Mavs, Doc, you could focus on your team and get the Clippers past the conference semifinals? Mark, focus on getting the Mavs into the playoffs. Maybe things break right and you’ll play the Clippers. Then maybe you’ll get your revenge on the court, where it’ll mean a whole lot more than on Twitter, or whatever that social media thing you started is called.

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