Doc Rivers paid for Kawhi Leonard, Paul George ‘no show’ with Clippers, per Kendrick Perkins
Kendrick Perkins is the latest NBA personality to speak out in defense of the embattled Doc Rivers. According to Perk, the Los Angeles Clippers’ front office used Rivers as their scapegoat after both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George failed to show up during their second-round series against the Denver Nuggets.
Perk took to Twitter to make his bold claim against the other LA team:
Doc Rivers really got fired because his Superstars couldn’t Closeout a 3-1 lead and his Bench was an Absolutely no show is disturbing to me…Doc deserves better anyway!!! Carry on…
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) September 30, 2020
According to Kendrick Perkins, Doc Rivers should not be blamed for his team giving up a seemingly insurmountable 3-1 lead in the West Semis. In his mind, it should be the players that should be criticized for their shortcomings, specifically Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
Perkins did not give the Clippers’ bench a pass either, with the former NBA champ taking a shot at what was supposed to be one of, if not the deepest bench in the entire NBA. After all, they have both the winner and the second-runner up of the Sixth Man of the Year in their second unit in Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams, respectively.
It is worth noting that Perkins played several years under Rivers during their stint together with the Boston Celtics. This resulted in a title in 2008, and both have remained close ever since. This is likely where Perkins’ bias for Rivers is coming from.
Then again, he does have a fair point. Rivers could only do so much to motivate his players and to implement a system that will provide them with the best chance to succeed. Whether or not he was able to accomplish both is a different question all together, though.