Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell was good with talking about team expectations in the West and even offered his take on players in sports protesting social injustice to a rapt media scrum.
But when the subject turned to Wednesday’s news of Rick Pitino being effectively fired at Louisville, the conversation ended quickly. Pitino, Harrell’s old coach, was placed on unpaid administrative leave after being connected to an FBI investigation of a multischool recruiting scandal involving money from apparel partner Adidas.
“I have no comments towards none of that. None of it at all,” said Harrell, who helped the Cardinals win the NCAA championship in his freshman season of 2012-13. “Right now I’m focused on my team, I’m focused on going into preseason, bettering myself as a player, and doing everything I can to put the L.A. Clippers in a good position to be, you know, Western Conference contenders … I really have no comment about that.”