Clippers Tell Montrezl Harrell To Take Time To Grieve

The Clippers are slowly getting their full roster together in Orlando, but they may have to wait a while for Montrezl Harrell, writes Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.

The backup big man received permission to leave the Walt Disney World campus two weeks ago because of the death of his grandmother. He doesn’t appear ready to focus on basketball yet, posting on Instagram last night that he doesn’t know when he “will stop crying.”

“I don’t know how to feel right now,” Harrell wrote. “I feel lost empty you are my queen, my best friend, my light in all darkness. I never had you leaving my side. I don’t know how I’m do it but I got to find some way but losing you today isn’t going to make any day I wake up easy.”

Coach Doc Rivers told reporters today that the team will give Harrell as much time as he needs to deal with his grief. He said the league needs to recognize the importance of mental health and treat those situations as seriously as it does physical injuries.

“I’ve talked to him … From others I get asked from inside like, ‘When is Trez coming back’ and my answer’s been the same — when he’s ready,” Rivers said. “When he’s ready, he’ll come back. You can’t play if you’re not right mentally and because of the emotional part of it. His grandmother is very tight with him, so all I told him is ‘I love you and take your time. We’ll be ready with open arms when you come.'” (Twitter link from Andrew Greif of The Los Angeles Times)

Harrell, Lou Williams and Patrick Beverley all left the Clippers for personal reasons over the past two weeks. Williams and Beverley have both returned, but Williams is on an extended quarantine, while Beverley is playing under a minutes restriction.

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6 thoughts on “Clippers Tell Montrezl Harrell To Take Time To Grieve

  1. x%sure

    Rivers seemed to be complaining about everyone in “the league”, not the league FO necessarily, pointing out therapists are on staff.

    • Howie415

      Only in your douchebagy mind. The guy lost someone that is extremely important to him. You have to turn it into a criticism of the coach. Let the guy grieve.

      • x%sure

        Buck up crybabe. The coach has a name. I don’t have to be nice to Rivers, who is not the point, though if you could read, it was a defense of Rivers. Nobody here is stopping anyone from grieving, or could.

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