Doc Rivers is a competitive guy. So it stands to reason that his son is as well. And that’s leading to some fun trash talking around the dinner table for Dad and his son.
“One Sunday morning I was sitting at breakfast thinking about all of it and I said, ‘This is going to be fun,” Doc said. “I get competitive, and I know how competitive Austin is. I started thinking, ‘If he starts against us, he’s going to try for 70 [points].’”
Austin has considered what it would be like to walk into the Garden and veer away from the locker room where he has spent so many of his teenage years. It will be odd to purposefully avoid the coach’s office where his father will be drawing up defensive schemes to thwart him.
He’s already made up his mind he will approach his father, give him a hug, catch up on family gossip, then “talk a little trash.”
“That’s already started, by the way,” Austin reported. “For the past few weeks, Dad’s been saying, ‘When we play you next year, you’re not going to get a single basket.’”
That’s going to be fun to watch. I’m not even sure what to expect… but it will be fun.
And for those of you holding out hope of getting Rivers in Boston… forget it. He’s going to be gone by the 21st pick and the Celtics are not going to trade up for him.