Josh Smith trashing Doc Rivers has popped up yet again on Twitter
Former NBA player Josh Smith popped up on Twitter timelines tonight talking about Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers. Not exactly sure if these are new quotes given the fact that Smith has a long history of trashing Rivers, but let’s take a look.
Josh Smith on Doc Rivers
Smith is no stranger to ragging on Doc Rivers. Back in June, he took to Instagram live to bury Rivers yet again after the Sixers got knocked out of the playoffs.
Smith played for Rivers just one year in the Association, when he was a member of the Clippers in the 2015-16 season. Smith signed a one-year deal with Los Angeles prior to the season, but was traded back to Houston after 32 games with LA. Those were the only games he played for Rivers in his 13-year career which spanned 894 games. via Sporting News
On top of that it’s always fun to remind everyone what Josh Smith and the Houston Rockets did to Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers back in 2015.
Josh Smith led the Houston Rockets to a Game 6 comeback win against Doc Rivers’ Los Angeles Clippers. The Rockets trailed by 19 points late in the third quarter and by 12 points with less than eight minutes left in the fourth.
Side Note: James Harden scored a team-high 23 points but shot just 5-for-20 from the field.
Smith and Corey Brewer led the Rockets to a late comeback as Houston caught fire and beat the Clippers by a 40-15 margin in the final frame.
Josh Smith was a +21 in the fourth quarter alone and single-handedly outscored the Clippers, scoring 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting, including 3-for-4 from beyond the arc.
Side Note No. 2 – Yikes
Josh Smith leads Rockets to epic comeback vs Clippers
Obviously, what Josh Smith said is true. Doc Rivers hasn’t been past the second round since the Celtics team that won the finals. It’s not really a surprising thing to say. Just come to Philadelphia where 76ers have been saying that constantly over the past two years as the Sixers have gotten embarrassed and knocked out of the playoffs in the second round TWICE since Rivers arrived.
Not sure if these are new comments coming from Smith, but it appears he’s just defending Paul George. Regardless, it’s something that 76ers can relate with on a personal level given what’s happened over the past two years here in Philly.