Uproxx- “For one, if I had to choose a reason, a lot of times people feel like our team complains a lot, you know what I mean? So I think that’s where it started, where I think we’ve gotten a lot better at that, but a couple years ago, I think that’s where it started,” Rivers said. “I think the second and most important reason is I think when Chris [Paul] came here, and we had DJ [Deandre Jordan] and Blake [Griffin] and all these guys, everybody kind of jumped on that wagon, you know what I mean, as far as we were going to win that year and they don’t understand it takes time. So when we didn’t win, but we got a lot of hoopla or hype and ‘Lob City’ and all this stuff and we didn’t win and when people would dunk, we’d be jumping around everywhere and going crazy, but we didn’t win a championship. That rubs people the wrong way.”
“I think that’s why people get irritated with us, because they’re like, you got to win first, but our defense is like, we just love playing the game and we’re excited when somebody does something special and were not doing anything anybody else is doing. Its just we got a lot of hoopla, and that’s where I think a lot of the hatred comes from.”
Goddamn it Austin. What the fuck was that? You think I clicked on an article that had your name in the headline because I was looking for rational, well thought out reasoning? Fuck no. That's not why a smile crept across my face when I saw that one of the most out-of-touch players on the Clippers was going to explain to me why the Clippers are so hated. I can't imagine that's why Jim Rome had you on his show. A player explaining the construction of his current team and voicing his logical opinion on why so many people are critical of them does NOT make good radio or television. If he wanted some non-polarizing, cookie cutter answer he would have brought on a player whose name alone would have drawn more eyes and ears. Jim Rome choose Austin Rivers because he was expecting the Austin Rivers he sees on the floor. The player that a good friend of mine affectionately and appropriately labeled "the best player at the AAU tournament". Austin Rivers thinks, acts, and plays like he is far more talented than he is. Everything you see from him on gameday would lead you to believe that he is a player that suffers a disconnect from reality. A player that would get on some widely disseminated platform and say some really, REALLY stupid shit. That's why I am so disappointed. I was expecting something along the lines of "..because they are jealous", or "...because they don't know what it's like to be a Clipper". Instead we get sensible diatribe about having to win before you can be respected? To call that disheartening would be as tame as Austin's response.
Oh well, at least he thinks that the Clippers have toned down their complaining, so his answer doesn't completely lack delusion...