How Doc Rivers’ Son Talks About Growing Up in the NBA With the Son

Getty Images Sam Cassell once told Doc Rivers that Austin Rivers would be perfect for the Denver Nuggets. One, they would have a powerful backcourt; two, Rivers was their first-round pick back in the…

How Doc Rivers’ Son Talks About Growing Up in the NBA With the Son

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Sam Cassell once told Doc Rivers that Austin Rivers would be perfect for the Denver Nuggets.

One, they would have a powerful backcourt; two, Rivers was their first-round pick back in the 2007 draft; and three, they would be a solid fit on the court.

“Sam Cassell was telling me all the time, ‘Austin is going to be better than I ever was. He’s going to be better than I ever was,’” Rivers told The Players’ Tribune. “And I loved it. Like, ‘Seriously? He said that? OK.’ We started laughing.”

For those who forgot: Cassell was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016, but prior to that he had his own Hall of Fame moment: The 1995 NBA Draft.

Not only did Cassell join the Knicks before being picked second by the Nuggets, but he had claimed the second overall pick in the league’s draft lottery — before Rivers was even born — and he signed a five-year, $32 million contract with the team.

“But he’s doing a heck of a job for us,” Rivers says of his father, Austin Rivers. “He’s just good.”

The elder Rivers, who has spent the past nine seasons with the Clippers, doesn’t have as much success in another rebuilding team, but he does have one major asset that Rivers was missing: experience.

“Sam knows what he’s doing in coach terminology,” Rivers says. “Austin and myself don’t. We just go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go

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