Thursday, January 17th, 2013 at 10:35 am  |  17 responses

Austin Rivers Plays Against Doc Rivers (VIDEO)

Doc Rivers and the Boston Celtics lost to Doc’s son Austin, as the New Orleans Hornets took home the upset win. The Rivers discussed the moment, which was surreal for both of them. Per WEEI: “It’s just a strange dynamic,’ said Celtics coach Doc Rivers after losing to his son, 90-78. ‘I didn’t enjoy it, honestly. I know it’s neat for everyone else, but as a father, I don’t know if I enjoyed that.’ … ‘It was strange for everybody in here,’ added Kevin Garnett. ‘If we didn’t feel old [before], we feel a little old [now], obviously, seeing a little kid that used to say absolutely nothing, dribble his ball and kind of be in his own little world to being a young man now in the league, trying to make something of himself, doing a good job of it, talking trash, running up and down, leading his team. It’s good. It’s good to see Austin doing real good.’ [...] ‘It’s fun to get to compete against your family,’ Austin Rivers said. ‘I’m sure if you have a brother or sister, you always wanted to win. It’s the same thing here. Even though it’s at a higher level, I always want to try and beat him.’ [...] When Rivers got knocked to the floor by Paul Pierce at the end of the third quarter, Rivers said he didn’t fear for his son at all. As a matter of fact, he didn’t even flinch. ‘No, I don’t,’ Rivers said. ‘That’s one thing my kids know with me; when you go to the floor I don’t flinch. ‘Get the hell up.’ They all laugh at that, because that’s how I’ve always been. I never flinch. My wife would run out there; I’m not going out there. I mean, get the hell up.’”

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  • Kay cutler

    Misleading title.. Again.

  • bringbackthesonics

    did you really expect them to be playing one on one?

  • The Philosopher

    Shout out to Doc Rivers.
    He has seen it all in basketball, and in life.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    only if you are 6


    You’re not giving 6 year olds enough credit!

  • spit hot fiyah

    lol for real, did he think was dressing up?


    Doc Rivers is the 4th coach to face his son in an NBA game, joining
    Bltch van Breda Poop, Mike Dunpoop and George Poop. He spoke briefly
    with his lil n*gga before the game, but showed little reaction during the
    game. The two embraced eachother (PAUSE) at the final buzzer.

  • The Philosopher

    Kay cutler probably thought that they were playing in a pickup game, or something.
    Not that epic of a fail.

  • bike

    KG asked Doc pregame if it would be OK to use the Honey Nut line on Austin and Doc said he would rather not for now.

  • Frenchtoast

    Regarding Austin’s stats, they should be enjoying this moment cause they wont be a lot more, soon kid will be balling in Europe…

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    People were talking about trying to turn him into a PG and then Vasquez took over the starting PG spot and won’t be letting it go. Now Eric Gordon is back. There aren’t too many minutes in the backcourt for Austin. And since both Gordon and Vasquez are young, Austin will be on the bench for the future unless Gordon is traded (not likely) or Vasquez completely falls off. It’s unfortunate because he shows flashes of being able to play well at the NBA level. Just not enough minutes for him on the Hornets right now.

  • Comment_System

    Cool….where’s his sister though?

  • fruizm

    I know you watched the Draft when they picked him…

  • fruizm

    People need to stop doing that (PAUSE) thing….not that funny..

  • bigA

    You are a hater. I don’t believe that. Not with moves like at 00:34.
    I guess the problem is that never really played PG.

  • Matt

    y’all should watch basketball more closely…
    Rivers is excellent at beating his man off the dribble (really good, the kind of good that makes fringe all-stars) but he’s bad at finishing around the help D. He avoids contact, takes awkward runners, and doesn’t have a strong off-hand.
    He’s a rookie and it’s all a process. Notice how all his made baskets shown in the clip were floaters? he’s showing that he is adjusting the NBA game. Rivers is obviously going to work on his floaters and runners and may work on drawing more contact (some guys never do) so he’s going to become a better offensive player in the future. And it’s not like he doesn’t have the foundation for a good game. His handles, solid athleticism and length, basketball IQ, work off the ball, and footwork all provide a very good base for his basketball future.
    Now, if he had more consistency on his pull-up j, then he could really be an offensive threat.

  • Matt