Former Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks head coach Larry Brown has some advice to Doc Rivers after his departure from the Boston Celtics, telling him that "there is no loyalty in the NBA anymore," according to Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald.
Rivers has been sparring with media (mostly Bill Simmons) ever since he was traded from the Celtics to the Los Angeles Clippers, defending himself and his motives for being willing to leave his former team, despite the three years remaining on his contract.
While it was the Celtics that ended up trading him, comments from Celtics team president Danny Ainge saying that Rivers "felt it was time for a change" have given off the idea that he was wriggling his way out of town, per Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.
The entire situation bred a back-and-forth between Rivers and popular opinion that ended up with either side looking a bit dirtier than when things started.
Brown looks at the situation Rivers has found himself in and sees the front offices of the NBA at fault, more so than Rivers (per Murphy):
But there is absolutely no loyalty in the NBA anymore. Look at the new GMs who are coming in—a lot of them never even played ball. And now you have analytics ruling the way things are done. I know that Doc and Danny (Ainge) were attached at the hip, but how do you know that wouldn’t change? It just doesn’t happen that way. I wanted to be like coach (Dean) Smith and stay in one place forever, believe it or not, but that’s just not how it works.
Of course, many will point to the person this opinion is coming from.
Brown is famous for being a terrific head coach at times, sure, but he's also well-known for looking at the grass on the other side of the fence.
He was let go from his contract with the Detroit Pistons following his second trip to the NBA Finals while his health was in question, but he also spent time flirting with the New York Knicks, who eventually signed him later in the summer.
Between 1979 and 1993 alone, Brown coached the UCLA Bruins, New Jersey Nets, Kansas Jayhawks, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers and Indiana Pacers.
Loyalty may not exist in huge amounts among NBA front offices anymore, but who's to say that it ever really existed in vast amounts throughout the league?
Regardless on Rivers' or anyone else's stance on loyalty, it seems Doc's move should just be left in the past, and moving on makes the most sense, especially now that the Celtics hardly resemble themselves anymore.