Well, that was awkward. During the broadcast of the 2013 NBA Draft when the ESPN crew learned that the Boston Celtics had traded away their best players Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets for a terrible contract and a few weak picks, analyst Bill Simmons was extremely critical of the move. Simmons also criticized former Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers for being untruthful about the events led to him leaving for Los Angeles and he said Rivers quit on the team.
When Rivers was later being interviewed by ESPN, he was asked about Simmons’ comments and he had less than flattering things to say.
“I’d like to call him an idiot but I’m too classy for that,” Rivers said.
There was then an awkward pause before Simmons responded by continuing to call out Rivers for the inconsistencies in his story.
It was a really odd and uncomfortable moment for viewers and everyone on the set, but that is what you should expect from an openly overemotional fan when his favorite team makes a questionable move.
If you missed the exchange during the draft broadcast, you can catch the video below: