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Austin Rivers comes to Boston to take on Dad’s Celtics

Jan 16, 2013, 11:31 AM EDT

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It has to be both a proud moment and a little bit surreal for Doc Rivers to be looking at the Celtics scouting report for the New Orleans Hornets game Wednesday and see his own son, Austin Rivers, right there in black and white.

Doc is pretty excited to see his son and have his team face off against him, he told .

“I just thought they were way too nice in the scouting report today,” quipped Doc Rivers who added, “It’s a strange thing. As a father, it’s nice to see him. The only drawback of him being in the NBA is I haven’t been to a game. And I miss that a little bit, to be honest. But other than that, it’s really cool.”

The scouting report should say “attack Rivers when he is on the court, he is the weakest link in their rotation. Ball pressure can undo him.”

Rivers is having a historically bad rookie season. He is averaging 6.2 points a game on 32.8 percent shooting. He has turned the ball over too much and struggled on the defensive end. He has a PER of 5.4. All of that should have him learning his craft in the D-League but the Hornets are giving the No. 10 overall pick a chance to learn at the NBA level but he is struggling.

Not that it matters to supportive family members. Rivers said their rooting interests are torn.

“When Austin’s not playing, they’re Celtics fans,” said Doc Rivers. “When Austin is playing, they’re Hornets fans or Austin fans for sure.”

Boston has won six in a row and is starting to find their defensive groove. There are a lot of steps to take and a lot of season to go, but for a stretch they have started to look like the team many expected to be — a team that could push the Heat in the East.

But the Hornets are 4-1 in their last five as well, with Greivis Vasquez and Eric Gordon playing well in their backcourt. You can start to see just how special Anthony Davis can be.

And you will see very little Austin Rivers, who has gotten less than 10 minutes a game the last couple contests as he slides out of the rotation. With Gordon back, he is soaking up Rivers minutes and producing.

But that’s not what Doc will see. He will see his son.

  1. 00maltliquor - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    So how do you think Doc would take it and handle it if KG goes all “Honey Nut Cheerios/ Cancer Patient” with his precious little boy Austin? Does KG take it easy on him, or is he just another opponent/enemy? I hope KG takes it to another level with AR, JUST to see how papa handles it!

    • andyhr17 - Jan 16, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      In what basketball situation do you think KG will be guarding Austin Rivers?

      • 00maltliquor - Jan 16, 2013 at 12:11 PM

        Ooooh I don’t know…..maybe when he comes driving down the lane while KG is defending the paint! KG has a long history of picking on lil guys…c’mon sandy, you should know that.

      • kygreen - Jan 16, 2013 at 12:15 PM

        Normal pick and roll rotation comes to mind.

      • andyhr17 - Jan 16, 2013 at 12:16 PM

        Wow, impressive. Name calling right out of Bozo’s playbook. I’m impressed.

        Whenever you want a comment to be taken seriously, always throw in name calling. Well done. Good job. Good effort.

  2. remosnozzberri82 - Jan 16, 2013 at 12:16 PM


  3. paulhargis53 - Jan 16, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Andy, I like your style. im guilty of the ne calling too, but just for the idiots that deserve it.(lakerluver, pricejustin).

    I doubt KG treats him any differently than any other player. KG would trash talk his grandma for an edge, its what he does.

    Doc is a pro, and competitive, I’m sure he will not take it easy on Austin- I’m sure Austin wouldnt want him to either.

    • andyhr17 - Jan 16, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      I see no problem with calling a guy named Bozo a name. He brings it on himself and the only reason he posts is for the backfire he receives.

      • 00maltliquor - Jan 16, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        You know what ANDY, if you wern’t tryna be a d!ck and you’re question was a serious one in your original response then I’m sorry bro. But I read that as a smarta$$ comment and responded back as such.

  4. djjackson81 - Jan 16, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Proud family either way congrats Doc in your boy playing in the NBA. Hopefully son lights it up against dad

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