JJ Redick Goes Off On Doc Rivers: ‘There’s Never Accountability With That Guy’

Former NBA guard and current ESPN analyst JJ Redick went off on Milwaukee Bucks head coach Doc Rivers during today’s (2/20) episode of First Take

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Redick, who played for Rivers on the Los Angeles Clippers, said Rivers never takes accountability.

The Bucks are 3-7 under Rivers, who replaced Adrian Griffin. Rivers was an advisor with Milwaukee before taking Griffin’s job. The Bucks were 30-13 under Griffin. 

Rivers has had some strange quotes since taking the Bucks job. After Milwaukee lost to the Memphis Grizzlies on February 15, Rivers said, “We had some guys here. We had some guys in Cabo.”

Redick doesn’t like that Rivers never take ownership of his team’s failures. The Clippers, despite having Redick, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, never got past the second round of the playoffs during the Rivers era. 

A few days ago, Rivers said taking over for Griffin during the middle of the season was a difficult challenge for him. The Bucks are 35-21 on the season. They are in third place in the Eastern Conference standings. 

Rivers has coached the Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics, Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers and Bucks. He won the 2008 championship with the Celtics but hasn’t advanced past the second round of the playoffs since 2012. 

The Bucks are expected to compete for the title this season with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Damian Lillard, Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez leading the way. Many people believe Milwaukee will crumble in the playoffs since Rivers is the coach.

It will be fascinating to see how far the Bucks go in the 2024 postseason. Rivers is 111-104 in the playoffs. He has blown several 3-1 leads. 

The Bucks are second in the NBA in points per game and 23rd in points per game allowed. They open the second half of the season against the Minnesota Timberwolves. 

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