Doc Rivers Spurns Celtics, Calls LA Lakers 'Best Franchise in Sports History'

Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistSeptember 30, 2013

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Hollywood has gone straight to Doc Rivers' head.

Three months into his tenure with the Los Angeles Clippers, Rivers is already spurning the Boston Celtics in favor of the Los Angeles Lakers. During an interview with Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, Doc referred to Purple and Gold as the best franchise in sports history.

"The risk is all mine," Rivers told Woj. "To go to an organization that hasn't won but [two] playoff series in their entire history, in a town where the other team is the best franchise in sports history – that's risk."

Ouch. Did he forget that he spent nine years coaching the Celtics? That Boston has more NBA championships since its inception (17) than Los Angeles (16)? That he's actually coaching the Clippers, another team that is supposed to despise the Lakers?

Of course he didn't—he's just speaking the truth.

Rivers was being honest, and there's nothing wrong with that.
Rivers was being honest, and there's nothing wrong with that.Brian Babineau/Getty Images

No longer residing in Beantown, Rivers is free to say things he otherwise couldn't.

If he wants to go at Rajon Rondo publicly, he can (he won't). Should he wish to make a mockery of Boston accents, then he can tell his chauffeur to "pahk the cah" under a tree where there is "wicked" awesome shade.

And if he wants to subtly (and rightfully) declare the Lakers better than the Celtics, then damn't, he should.

Boston may have more championships than Los Angeles, but the Celtics have won just one title in the last 26 years. Assuming Rondo doesn't turn into the second coming of LeBron James, they'll tank their way to another ringless campaign in 2013-14 too.

The Lakers, meanwhile, have procured seven titles since 1987, winning two or more straight championships on three separate occasions. Boston has accomplished the same feat twice in its entire existence. One of those spans included eight consecutive rings (and 10 in 11 years), but that was back when both Barbie dolls and Sleeping Beauty were considered brand-spanking new.

So don't consider Rivers' praise of the Lakers an unforgivable act of betrayal. If anyone has the right to be mad, it's Donald Sterling. Rivers emphasized the historical incompetence of the Clippers more than he disrespected all of Boston.

Not to mention he doesn't coach the Celtics anymore. He doesn't have to come to their defense or wax dominance on their behalf.

Especially when what he's saying is more true than it is far-fetched.