Former Clippers player Matt Barnes is on record saying that Austin Rivers is a fake tough guy who's "arrogant" and Doc Rivers is responsible for "the demise of the Clippers". Sounds like Barnes has a bone to pick.
“He talks a lot of trash and doesn’t really back it up. I think people are probably tired of that.
…. He’s just very arrogant. You know, I know him personally, and at the beginning it kind of took a little bit to get used to. And as a teammate, you just kind of accept him for who he is and have his back as a teammate.
Hearing guys talk around the league and seeing guys that had a problem with him while I was playing with him, I could see why. He carries himself like he’s a 10-time All-Star, and he’s not that. That kind of arrogance rubs people the wrong way.”
Barnes continues in great detail just how annoying Austin Rivers is. Wow, bitter much?
“Doc’s played a vital role, I’d probably say, in the demise of the Clippers.
We had Vinny Del Negro the season before and won 50-something games. I think we lost in the second round, should have won. Then Vinny was fired, Doc was [brought] in to save all, do all. At the beginning he did well, but I think his players started seeing through him.
You know, say one thing and do another thing. Do things like give his son a bunch of money, sign his son. As players, that’s the kind of stuff you talk about…. You’ve seen the best of the Clippers the way they’re built as they stand now.”