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Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers insists that the move to acquire his son, Austin, was a team move not one to specifically reunite him with his son.
Both men have gone on record previously stating that they would prefer to avoid working on the same team in the NBA, but with the Clippers coach searching for a defensive-minded guard to lead his second unit, it became clear that his son was a perfect fit for the roster.
However, Austin Rivers has revealed that the first thing he did ahead of completing the switch was to phone his mother to get her opinion.
“The first thing I did was call my mom,” he told reporters.
“She’s going to have to deal with this. She was a wreck the first night. She was calling me, ‘What if this happens and what if that happens?’ I was like, ‘Mom, it’s not on anybody but me and him.’ At the end of the day, my job is to play and compete and that’s it. It’s not like in the last second of the game I’m going to have the ball in my hands. I know my role here. I know Chris [Paul] and Blake [Griffin] are the leaders.”
Rivers had been traded from the New Orleans Pelicans to the Boston Celtics in a three-team deal earlier this week but his father was quick to enquire as to whether or not he would be interested in moving to LA.
The Clippers coach insists that he spoke with the franchise hierarchy and they unanimously agreed on the move as they felt it was the best move for the team.
Rivers made his debut for the Clippers on Friday night in the loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers but struggled as he finished 0-for-4 from the field with one assist and one turnover in 12 minutes.