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Doc Rivers is good with his son leaving Duke for NBA draft

Mar 28, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

Doc Rivers AP

Most parents are not thrilled when their child decides to drop out of Duke.

Doc Rivers is the exception.

The Celtics’ coach said he is good with his son Austin deciding to leave Duke after his freshman year to enter the NBA draft. From the Associated Press.

Doc Rivers said on Wednesday that Austin was recruited as a “one-and-done” player by Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. Still, Doc Rivers says Austin almost stayed because he liked Coach K. so much.

Really? Not sure anyone got the impression Rivers was staying a second year, but it’s a nice story to tell.

As for the Celtics drafting Rivers, it’s possible. Boston has two first round picks, its own and the Clippers, both should be in the late teens to early 20s. Right now DraftExpress has Rivers going No. 17. All of that will change as we move through workouts but it is possible. Rivers said he would not pressure Ainge to pick his son — which is probably best for Rivers as Boston has a point guard of the future right now who gets the lion’s share of minutes. (Boston should draft the best player available, not worry about position, but that’s another discussion.)

  1. cltjump - Mar 28, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    No one should be thrilled when their child enrolls at Duke. <Disgruntled Carolina fan, let it slide…

  2. j0esixpack - Mar 28, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    It’s really pretty simple.

    He’s ready for the NBA. Doc knows it. The rest of the NBA knows it.

    He’s ready from a basketball standpoint, and unlike so many others who leave college early, he’s ready from a maturity standpoint, having been raised well by his parents.

    The fact of the matter is whereas Austin was previously referred to as “Doc’s son” pretty soon we will hear Doc referred to as “Austin’s dad.”

  3. solomon151 - Mar 28, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    What are you talking about?? He is not ready, not one bit. He should have stayed another year and learn how to be a point guard.

  4. hojo20 - Mar 28, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    He’ll be like most Duke guards in the NBA. Not good enough.

    • franchiseplaya - Mar 29, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      Kyrie Irving?

  5. sunsation3413 - Mar 28, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    He would have benefited from another year but I wish him the best. Cant see where playing for your dad in the NBA would work for either of them. Too many issues beyond playing ball.

  6. dashortstop517 - Mar 28, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    If I was Austin, I would too. Because he is so good why bother jut staying for more time at Skool

    • jonathanchingy - Mar 28, 2012 at 10:04 PM

      apparently, you didn’t stay in “Skool” long enough either.

  7. lakerluver - Mar 28, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Not good enough for what? He may not become a great NBA player but he’s definitely good enough to play a long time. Just wondering: has their ever been an NBA player to play for his dad?

    • pellypell - Mar 29, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      No, no NBA player’s have played for their dads that I know of. I do know of at least one who has played for another players mom though.

  8. cosanostra71 - Mar 28, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    I think he will be like Stephen Curry in the NBA. Very good, maybe great, but probably not.

  9. eugenesaxe - Mar 28, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    If the kid’s happy being a mid-1st-rounder and having a mid-1st-rounder career, good for him. Another year at Duke would only improve both of those situations, but whatever.

  10. losangelasbasketball - Mar 28, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    “1 and done” already means something else in sports… has for years…

  11. smoothaswilkes - Mar 29, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    I don’t begrudge the kid for leaving early to make millions of dollars. What I don’t get is why? It’s not like his family is a hardship situation. This is supposedly the deepest draft in years so if he’s projected 17, why not stay another year and move up the draft ladder? Ostensibly, he should be drafted higher next year and in not such a deep draft. He might go top 5 or 10, which is definitely more guaranteed money through life of the first contract.

  12. glink123 - Mar 29, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Rivers = a slower Jay Williams, with better range, and without the motorcycle.

  13. cheers4ablumpkin - Mar 29, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Duke sucks, rivers didn’t do that much at all. He’s the only one I support on duke. There all a bunch of pussies n cry babies.#unc and Maryland all the way. Coach mike k is jerry Sandusky jr

    • eugenesaxe - Mar 29, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      Wow, that is undoubtedly the most ignorant comment I’ve ever read. You don’t like the team, ergo the coach is a child molester? Truly, you are pathetic.

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