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Matt Kemp Booed At Clippers Game, Doc Rivers Calls It ‘Cold’

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

After 11 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, Matt Kemp will turn a new leaf as he was officially traded to the San Diego Padres on Thursday. During his introductory press conference in San Diego, Kemp spoke fondly of his new home and made mention of the different vibe than being in Hollywood.

Well, one day after appearing in San Diego, Kemp was back in Los Angeles and in attendance at the Los Angeles Clippers game with the Milwaukee Bucks. According to ESPN’s Arash Markazi, Kemp wasn’t greeted warmly when shown on the Jumbotron:

The unfriendly greeting can perhaps be tied to Dodgers’ fans consistently booing Chris Paul whenever he’s attended a game at Chavez Ravine or fans simply now viewing Kemp as an enemy. Following the Clippers’ win, head coach Doc Rivers shared his feelings on how Kemp was treated prior to the start of his post-game press conference:

Generally speaking, Kemp certainly endeared himself to Dodgers fans during his time with the organization but the frequency in which he was injured over the last couple of seasons and his subpar play in the first half of 2014 left some frustrated.

As expected, the Dodgers’ trading Kemp to the Padres has been a polarizing decision and one that president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman is aware he’ll be heavily criticized for if it doesn’t work out in the Dodgers’ favor.

If how Kemp was treated at the Clippers game is any indication of what’s to come, he’ll be in for a long three-game series when the Padres open the 2015 season at Dodger Stadium on April 6.

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Written by Matthew Moreno

Matt is a journalist from Whittier, California. A Cal State Long Beach graduate, Matthew occasionally contributes to Lakers Nation, and previously served as the lead editor and digital strategist at Dodgers Nation, and the co-editor and lead writer at Reign of Troy, where he covered USC Football. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mmoreno1015

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