Early on Saturday morning, a rumor began to swirl that the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers were considering a trade that would exchange Blake Griffin and Carmelo Anthony. But while the rumor made the rounds, it was completely false and Clippers head coach Doc Rivers has now taken issue with ESPN reporting what he called is a rumor they made up so they could report.
Among other things, Rivers called the rumor stupid and shamed ESPN for creating rumors so they can have things to talk about:
“Please, please, let’s move on. That’s so stupid. Let’s move on. It really is, it’s just so stupid. You know how I rarely read stuff, but someone told me to read that. … It’s just stupid. My issue with any of that crap is that network (ESPN), to me, reports a story that they created and then they do reports on it for the next two days, on a story that they created! It’s stupid. [Griffin's] name isn’t out there. I mean, if you’re the Knicks or whoever, wouldn’t you want Blake Griffin? I would! I don’t see what the story is, I really don’t. I just thought it was such a non-story.”
There was some who thought Rivers might get into the analyst or broadcasting business before he took the job with the Clippers this summer. But if Rivers does move into that field after coaching, we can likely bet that TNT will be the landing spot for Rivers as ESPN isn’t high on his list at the moment.