Monday night at the Staples Center was very contentious as the Rockets played the Clippers in Chris Paul’s return to Los Angeles. Paul was mad at his former teammate Blake Griffin. Trevor Ariza was angry at Austin Rivers, and before you know it, James Harden, Trevor Ariza, and Gerald Green reportedly tried to get into the Clippers’ locker room to confront Blake Griffin and Austin Rivers.
Matt Barnes, who played with Rivers with the Clippers, can see why players would have issues with Rivers:
“Austin kinda rubs people the wrong way,” Barnes explained to “Left Coast Live” on Mad Dog Radio. “He talks a lot of trash and doesn’t really back it up. I think people are probably tired of that.
Barnes explained some of issues players may have with Rivers:
“He’s just very arrogant. I know him personally, and at the beginning, it kind of took a little bit to get used to, and as a teammate you kind of just accept him for who he is and have his back as a teammate,” Barnes said. “But hearing guys talk around the league, and seeing guys had a problem with him while I was playing with him, I can see why. He carries himself like he is a 10x All-Star, and he’s not that. That kind of arrogance rubs people the wrong way. If you’re talking trash on top of that, there are some guys who are not going to have that. And I know Trevor(Ariza) is one of them.”
Barnes talks more about Austin and Doc Rivers at the link below:
#ICYMI – @Matt_Barnes22 tells @NicoleZaloumis & @RicBucher that Austin Rivers is a fake tough guy who's "arrogant" and Doc Rivers is responsible for "the demise of the Clippers". Hear the full interview On Demand with the @SIRIUSXM app! #LCLonMDSR pic.twitter.com/Y1WYRKEjxr
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