Doc Rivers snaps at Keith Pompey’s “dumbass question” during postgame presser
After the Sixers barely scraped out a win last night against the G-League Toronto Raptors, Doc Rivers gave us another installment of him snapping at reporters. The culprit who pushed Doc’s buttons? Of course, none other than Keith Pompey!
The game itself was in typical Sixers fashion. They could barely put away a depleted Raptors squad; something made extra frustrating by the team’s recent losses to the undermanned Hawks and Heat at the Wells Fargo Center.
Naturally, Keith found it apropos to ask about the team’s struggles against “weaker” opponents, and Doc Rivers had the following to say:
Ugh, another classic angry retort from Rivers.
If he actually coached this team halfway decently at any point in 2021, I’d probably let it slide. But no, that was a bogus answer out of the head coach.
Plus, Pompey had every right to ask this question. Sure, you’re not going to beat every bad team by 20 every night, but “title contenders” aren’t supposed to almost lose to a team with Pascal Siakam and Gary Trent, Jr. as their best players.
I don’t see the Sixers as a title contender (obviously), but Rivers does. Or at least he should. He’s here to win a title, so he should hold this team to a high standard.
Sure, Pompey is sometimes a bit of an ass, but he asked a perfectly reasonable question. I can’t even imagine what the question/response would have been if the Sixers blew the lead and lost last night.
Fortunately, they had Joel “Big Philly” Embiid to drag the Sixers’ stagnant offense over the finish line.
I honestly hate I even have to write about this. It’s such a nothingburger of an interaction in the long run. This is going to happen all year.
I can’t wait for the fireworks that ensue when the Sixers lose to the Kings by 35, and Pompey asks Rivers why the team is literal bootycheeks.
Rivers will absolutely cross a line, realize he made a mistake, and park himself out Pompey’s window to apologize like so:
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