Well, the Bill Simmons experiment has gone terribly awry for ESPN broadcasting and he officially jumped the shark last night during the NBA Draft coverage. ESPN has embraced homerism on their network for the most part (think Mike Greenberg as a Jets fan), but Simmons is incapable of having any objectivity about his teams.
Last night it came to a head as he has insisted on saying Doc Rivers bailed on the Celtics by jumping ship after signing a five-year extension a couple of years ago…even though it’s abundantly clear that the Celtics are
unloading their assets to tank next season for a run at Andrew Wiggins rebuilding.
ESPN asked Doc about Simmons’ comments and he delivered a swift haymaker.
The awkwardness after they cut back to Simmons and co. is palpable as Jalen Rose is literally leaning back as if to say “I don’t want any part of this.” Simmons fires back, but he’s at a loss here.
The fact of the matter is Bill Simmons used to- you know what, I’ll just let Rivers’ son Jeremiah take over. I can’t top it.
Spot on. Then, of course, there’s this article from a few years before Doc won an NBA championship that should tell you all you need to know.
My take? Bill Simmons was wrong about Doc Rivers all those years back. As wrong as anyone could be about anything. And he’s trying to use this opportunity to say “I told you so,” but it’s all blowing up in his face.
Or maybe he’s still distraught over the MLK assassination. Who knows?
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