Atlanta Hawks: Rivers calls ’sour grapes’ on Ferry

Vivlamore reporting.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers called it “sour grapes” that Hawks general manager Danny Ferry gave officials a DVD believed to show guard Rajon Rondo bumping a referee during  a loss last week.

Rondo was subsequently suspended by the NBA for one game for bumping referee Rodney Mott while arguing a charging call in Saturday’s game and failure to cooperate with a league investigation. Rondo was not penalized at the time. The NBA also fined Ferry $15,000 for “inappropriate interaction” with officials after the game. Although the league did not elaborate on the reason for the fine, it was the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that reported Ferry gave the officiating crew a DVD believed to contain footage of the play. Video of the incident was also played by NBA TV.

“Well, I do (have a problem with it),” Rivers said to Boston radio station WEEI Thursday morning on his weekly interview. “Guys do that. I rarely do that. I don’t know if I’ve ever done that — I’ve been in the league awhile — where you’re turning other players in and stuff. I don’t know. I don’t like it, but it’s his choice.”

The station then asked Rivers if he was satisfied that Ferry was fined.

“You know, I don’t care,” Rivers said. “I really don’t. It didn’t bother me one way or the other. I just didn’t like it, especially in a game like that. That wasn’t the reason they lost, you know? So to me that is sour grapes, and I don’t like that.”

Ferry declined to comment on Rivers’ interview.

- Chris Vivlamore

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69 comments Add your comment

O'Brien

January 10th, 2013
1:39 pm

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

January 10th, 2013
1:40 pm

Rod,

Agree with you 10000% about Lou being our only true scorer.

I do feel Morrow when healthy can be that guy too. He seems like a poor man’s Flip when was here IF GIVEN MINUTES

Rev in Tampa

January 10th, 2013
1:45 pm

I like Doc Rivers even though I despise the Celtics. He speaks his mind and stands up for his jerk players – unlike our slippery coach who throws his players under the bus every time they lose.

O'Brien

January 10th, 2013
1:47 pm

I can understand Doc feeling that way, and I like the fact he is taking up for his guys.

But as a Hawks fan, Im ok with DF speaking up, given Rondo’s history, and our disdain for the Celtics.

Astro Joe

January 10th, 2013
1:48 pm

Ferry deviated from the proper process (he should have sent the DVD to the League office and not handed it to the refs) but his heart was clearly in the right place. If teams didn’t routinely send footage of missed calls to the league office, there wouldn’t be a standard process.

O'Brien

January 10th, 2013
1:48 pm

The East standings is getting crowded. 3rd -5th has 14 losses, and the Hawks are only 3 games up on Boston…who is in 8th.

If the losing streak continues, Hawks could fall out of the top 8 by the trade deadline.

Rev in Tampa

January 10th, 2013
1:53 pm

Lakers have lost five in a row and are 4.5 games outside the playoffs.

O'Brien

January 10th, 2013
1:54 pm

FTPB,

AJ,

I doubt if Oden gets more than the MLE, because he has missed so much time due to injury.

On a side note though, Zaza’s FA value will be through the roof (imo), especialy since unlinke Bynum, Oden and even Kaman, he stays fairly healthy and plays well.

I can see someone offering Zaza 4 years, $32 mil. There has been a lot of talk about what the Hawks will do with Josh and Al this offseason, but i think it will be interesting to see what they do with Zaza as well (maybe resign him if they trade Al, and miss out on D12).

MsDee

January 10th, 2013
1:56 pm

OB,

“If the losing streak continues, Hawks could fall out of the top 8 by the trade deadline.”

Good..this give Ferry a comfortable reason to let Drew go by the end of the season plus puts us in a better draft position..heck, I say tank the rest of the season, THO, playing good while losing each game!

Slimjr

January 10th, 2013
2:01 pm

Is Danny willing to watch his team slide from 3 through 9 over a 2 month span?

Or will he make a block buster move before the trade deadline to steady the ship?

Cause “the ship be sinking” -Knick two Guard-

Mike Mulary fired today in Jacksonville after going 2-14..This guy cant coach at the pro level anyway.. What a Buster…

steve brown

January 10th, 2013
2:03 pm

That was league business not Ferry’s business and it looks bush league to me.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 10th, 2013
2:05 pm

Absolutely nothing wrong with Ferry calling attention to Rondo’s transgression, which the league would have been more than happy to let slip through the cracks if it hadn’t been called out.

Slimjr

January 10th, 2013
2:05 pm

Danny + DVD = Desperation..

The men in Green are only 3 back and gaining ground quickly..

Danny trying to slow them down? Lame…………………………………….

O'Brien

January 10th, 2013
2:06 pm

From Hawkshoop speaking on last night’s game;

Horford found his range shooting, but his lack of awareness on the boards (just five rebounds) and his defense on Tyler Zeller and Tristan Thompson made Atlanta’s night even worse. Al only scored four points and snagged two rebounds in the second half when the Hawks needed someone not named Josh Smith or Jeff Teague to step up..

Do we need to hire someone tohelp Al find his inner “boss”?

Larry Drew: Drew continues to confuse with his persistence to sit Ivan Johnson and his reliance on sets designed to get Pachulia open jumpers when what the Hawks really needed was Jeff Teague continuing his attack on the rim. One night after calling his team, “soft,” the Hawks responded by mailing in a snoozer.</em..

I think everyone except LD knows the true value of Ivan.

Slimjr

January 10th, 2013
2:13 pm

Guards cant carry/cover for him anymore… The past accolades bestowed upon him are going to back fire..The veil of delusion is being swept away.. He’s may not be as good as those titles given him.

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

January 10th, 2013
2:24 pm

Astro Joe

January 10th, 2013
2:29 pm

Funny, Ivan came in last night and did very little. He is still a work-in-progress and gets a lot of credit for one dimension (toughness) which is lacking in other players. But, he is still fairly raw and does not always produce more than menacing stares on the court. And, no, i am not hating on Ivan. I love his game and want him to play every night. I am more “hating” on bloggers who seem to believe that if Ivan plays 18+ minutes every night, the Hawks will win at an 80% clip.

Slimjr

January 10th, 2013
2:30 pm

“Do we need to hire someone to help Al find his inner “boss”?

OB, that inner dog retired two plus years ago..He aint coming back… lol

Here’s an interesting trade scenario from hfc95! hmmmm

F.T.P.B.
“Horford($12M) Morrow ($4M) to PHOX for Gortat($7.2M) Beasley($5.8M) Telfair($1.6M)
Our lineup- Jeff Lou Beasley Josh Gortat
super deep bench-d.harris korver, jj2, zaza, ivan, telfair, stevson” -hfc95-

Norris Chuck

January 10th, 2013
2:31 pm

No one in the NBA stands to have more cap space heading into the 2013-14 season than the Atlanta Hawks, according to HoopsHype.com.

With just $18 million in committed salaries thanks to the Joe Johnson trade, Atlanta can be a major player in free agency this summer and next. Players like Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, Al Jefferson and their own Josh Smith will hit the market, with Atlanta looking more and more like an attractive destination.

Al Horford, Jeff Teague, Lou Williams and John Jenkins will all still be under contract, forming a nice young core to build around.

With all the talent the Hawks have, their greatest asset may be their cap space.

Slimjr

January 10th, 2013
2:32 pm

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vava74

January 10th, 2013
2:57 pm

Najeh FTPB:

“And even Lebron would not have been able to stop Irvin from scoring 18 points in that quarter and in particular those last 12 points of the quarter.Lebron on those last 3 minutes would have made little difference.”

Here I don’t agree. Ball pressure makes a huge difference. Teague was slicing and dicing the Celtics in the first half and then was completely taken out of the game in the 2nd half when Avery Bradley started pressuring him. Irving is a better player, but at the very least, ball pressure would have made it tougher for him to initiate the offense. Teague is easily capable of pressuring, at least every now and then, and the Hawks should probably use him more in that role.

Najeh, perhaps you did not understand what I intended to say:

Lebron playing in the place of Josh, on that line up, would have had little chance to change our fortunes since that line up was HOPELESS.

vava74

January 10th, 2013
3:03 pm

AJ,

When you want, you can really be an IDIOT.

Ivan was on the floor 7 minutes and 30 seconds, of which 3 minutes where on that same HOPELESS line up of Lou, JJ2, KK, Josh and him.

WTF do you want the guy to do??

In those 7.5 minutes, he collected 2 rebounds, had 1 steal and got to the line to shoot 2FTs, which is something no one but Teague (to start the 3rd quarter) had done last night (on a +1).

Joey

January 10th, 2013
3:03 pm

vava74

January 10th, 2013
3:04 pm

On the Ferry/Rondo issue:

I know he has an history, but the contact was not that big and it does look something a sourpuss would do (my to grains of salt).

I think a DVD to the league with other calls and non calls would have been more productive.

Section 303

January 10th, 2013
3:05 pm

Rev,I feel the same. I like Rivers, but cannot possibly hate the Celtics more than I already do. Reading Rivers’ quotes just makes me more irritated that we lost that game on Saturday. Hawks just totally folded….I’m still p#ssed off about it. The Hawks quit on Saturday night. Wish they would stop crapping their pants every time the Celtics come to town.

Section 303

January 10th, 2013
3:06 pm

But, on the other hand, F Rivers, too. I hate the Boston Celtics. And, I’m glad Ferry handed the official the DVD. Anything that hurts (or could potentially hurt) that franshise should be done.

Astro Joe

January 10th, 2013
3:09 pm

vava, sometimes I go by my eyes and not stats. And I didn’t see dude make any impact last night when he got n. I guess I am reading too much hype from folk like you and expect him to enter the game and the Hawks immediately go on a 99-0 run.

Nate ArchiBALL

January 10th, 2013
3:13 pm

Slimjr – “the ship be sinking” – Michael “Sugar” Ray Richardson, NY Knick guard.of the late 70’s and early 80″s.

divorak

January 10th, 2013
3:15 pm

the hawks are starting to lose to bad teams again—they suck again as usual. Until ATL gets a real owner, GM and a top coach, it will be more of the same.

High-sider

January 10th, 2013
3:24 pm

“Sour grapes” is that “bust-of-a-son” (Austin Rivers).

Samurai Squirrel

January 10th, 2013
3:25 pm

Lot of double-talk there outta Doc Rivers.

“Guys do that. I rarely do that. I don’t know if I’ve ever done that — I’ve been in the league awhile”

- So do you or don’t you do “that”?

“You know, I don’t care,” Rivers said. “I really don’t. It didn’t bother me one way or the other. I just didn’t like it, especially in a game like that.”

- So it didn’t bother you, yet you don’t like it? Sounds a lot the same to me.

O'Brien

January 10th, 2013
3:25 pm

AJ,

Nobody is saying Ivan is a star bench player. All we are saying is that based on the makeup of the team, there is no reason Tolliver and Scott should be getting more minutes than he does.

Or maybe you think if Ivan was better in practice, he would get more PT…

Samurai Squirrel

January 10th, 2013
3:29 pm

Norris Chuck with the best quote of the day!!

Samurai Squirrel

January 10th, 2013
3:30 pm

*post, not quote

KevinM

January 10th, 2013
3:33 pm

JeJe, how can Morrow be a poor man’s Flip when Morrow is making at least 4X what Flip was paid to play for under Sund?

DF is forcing LD to give minutes to the rooks to see if they can play. My question is since we are linked with a NBDL affiliate, why aren’t we playing JJ and MS in that league and have leadership roles for that team?

I have seen some pretty good basketball played in Reno this week, and the league is very good at developing young guys. JJ and MS are not ready to be contributors on a regular basis.

We need to be playing guys who will help us in a playoff run instead of LD experimenting with Lou at the point and letting MS run up and down the court with no results.
Lou is simply our assassin and should be treated that way. And let JT play through his problems without yanking or calling him out.

A home game against Utah will be good for this team to stop the slide. Heading to Washington in what could be a return by Wall, so dont expect that to be an easy game either.

drmaryb .(""_ ^).

January 10th, 2013
3:34 pm

Mularkey!

With a name like that and, a 2 – 14 record? You gone get let go!

High-sider

January 10th, 2013
3:34 pm

“Bust” Ferry is a Duke alum. “Doc” Rivers’ son, “Bust” Rivers, is Duke alum. “Can’t all ‘Duke busts’ get along?”

KevinM

January 10th, 2013
3:37 pm

High sider, good one…..but i guarantee you Doc and Danny were itching to get in position to get him.

Is lil Doc playing poorly so he can join Dad before Dad calls it quits? Would Danny offer Rondo up to pkg ‘Austin to Boston’?

And Greg Oden hasn’t played in 4 years…….he’ll be lucky to withstand a practice at this point. He is riskier than Brandon Roy. But if you’ve got money to waste, why not?

High-sider

January 10th, 2013
3:41 pm

It’s official; I’m addicted to this (AJC Hawks) blog – sending messages from an android phone. I need MWP’s “shrink.”

High-sider

January 10th, 2013
3:49 pm

KevinM,

No, “Bust” Rivers just plain ol’ sucks; that’s all.

Section 303

January 10th, 2013
3:52 pm

High-Sider, I can never post from my iPhone. Whenever I read the blog, there is no place to write comments. Any clue how to help?

Chris Vivlamore

January 10th, 2013
3:56 pm

Since I’m trying to catch a breather, a third (and final blog) of the day will post at 5 p.m. Enjoy.

O'Brien

January 10th, 2013
3:57 pm

303,

on your iphone, is the ajc blog on “mobile-theme”? check the bottom of the blog.

if so turn it off

High-sider

January 10th, 2013
3:58 pm

^Correction: “…”Bust” Rivers is [a] Duke alum.”

It’s obvious (that) I am not a Duke alum. (LOL)

High-sider

January 10th, 2013
4:06 pm

Section 303 and O’Brien,

According to my piece-of-sh-t (android) phone, the only way I can post comments to this blog is if I switch to the “mobile theme” app. Maybe, you’re too advanced. (LOL)

High-sider

January 10th, 2013
4:09 pm

“Ignorance is bliss.” (sigh)

Duluth Joe

January 10th, 2013
4:10 pm

I have no problem with what Danny Ferry did.

Being a old Hawks fan, from the days of Nique till now, I can also NEVER hate on Doc. He is doing what he needs to do.

Danny keep it up. It is good to see a GM that is involved (as opposed to that other GM who used to take naps during games).

High-sider

January 10th, 2013
4:12 pm

C-Viv, thanks for the “heads-up” regarding the new blog.

Rusty

January 10th, 2013
4:23 pm

Grandad FTPB for all your great basketball knowledge you are either blind, stupid or just want to argue when you seem to think LW plays better defense than JT or that LW is even a pg.but hey that is your opinion I hate to try to debate with you as your like a dog with a bone.your posts become boring,convoluted & long.Hey but that’s just my opinion.