After rumors of issues between Chris Paul and Austin Rivers surfaced following CP3’s trade from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Houston Rockets, Paul and Rivers discussed the situation in a phone conversation.
According to Sam Amick of USA Today, Rivers offered an account of the discussion:
“I called Chris and was like, ‘Chris, what’s going on?’ Chris is like, ‘This is the biggest bull[expletive] I’ve ever seen in my life.’ Chris was just like, ‘This is a joke.’ So I asked him, I’m like, ‘You don’t need to come out and say nothing publicly, I don’t need you to do that. It’s just going to make it even more, now they’re going to drag it out two more days. I’ll take it. I don’t care. I’ve been dealing with this [dynamic] since I was six [years old]. I really don’t even care.'”
ESPN SportsCenter anchor Michael Eaves said on Facebook following the trade that Clippers head coach Doc Rivers’ favoritism toward his son, Austin, was a contributing factor in Paul’s desire to leave.
This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.
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