Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Thursday that Chris Paul did not leave the team because of the players, but because he wanted to play with James Harden.
“He left because he wanted to be with James Harden. Let’s not get that twisted. I wish him well. I have no problem with that. Do I disagree? Yeah, I think he would have been better served here. But that’s not for me,” Rivers told the Los Angeles Times.
“That’s CP to decide and he decided against that. We’ve heard all the stories about Blake and DJ and Austin. I can’t comment just on Austin because it’s just not right. We’ve heard he left because of all three today. He left because of DJ, he left because of Blake and now he left because of Austin. We know he didn’t leave because of that. There is a lot of speculation on why he left. The one thing I know is he didn’t leave because of any of those three guys. He left because he felt like he would have a better chance to win somewhere else.”
It was reported Wednesday that Paul was fed up with the nepotism occurring in the locker room between Doc Rivers and Austin Rivers. One league executive even going as far as saying that Paul “despised” Doc Rivers.