Austin Rivers responds to Glen Davis, doesn’t think he’ll play for Doc the rest of his career
Following yet another disappointing postseason run with the L.A. Clippers getting the boot in the first round, hybrid guard Austin Rivers was a guest on Fox Sports 1’s Undisputed and shed light on what’s keeping his team from winning a championship, comments about potential locker room conflict, and the relationship between him and his father Doc, who coaches him on a daily basis.
Skip Bayless asked Rivers about previous words from Glen “Big Baby” Davis, in which he noted a clear frustration in the locker room with Austin Rivers for being the coach’s son and allegedly getting preferential treatment than others.
The Duke standout was quick to shut that notion down, cutting off Bayless mid-sentence.
“That’s a bunch of B.S. That’s just [Big] Baby talking outside of his nest,” said Rivers. “I’ve heard Baby said to me multiple times ‘Man, you know why Doc is so good, Doc is so great — and then now he’s saying bad things about him, and it’s a huge contradiction.”
“I’ve earned every stripe that I’ve gotten. I’ve earned every [bit of] playing time. I don’t even understand where that comes from.”
Rivers later added that people’s perception of him and his father is completely outlandish, saying that he grew up in Orlando, Florida, while his father spent most of his time in Boston, coaching the Celtics.
The 24-year-old had never been coached by his father prior to joining the Clippers and said his decision was based on going from a team in which he “wasn’t being used” a whole lot, and coming into a situation that could open up doors for his career.
“At the end of the day, my dad is on the sideline,” Rivers said. “I don’t care if my grandma coaches me, at the end of the day she can’t help me while I’m on the floor.”
“Everything I’ve done, I’ve done by myself with the help of my teammates and myself. That has nothing to do with who’s coaching me.”
Rivers claimed that while most people think it is easy playing for one’s father at this level, the spotlight is much larger and more intense just because of that very fact, making it tougher than the average player.
“This is something I’m gonna be able to look back on 20 years from now and be like ‘man, that was amazing — I was able to play with my pops,'” he reflected.
“Do I think I’m gonna play here for the rest of my career? No, I’m not gonna play for my dad the rest of my career, but for the time that I’ve been here, you can look at the stats — I’ve improved, improved, improved, improved, and at the end of the day no one can take that away from me or my team.”