LAS VEGAS Austin Rivers is slipping into a new uniform this season, as he and the rest of his New Orleans teammates debut their Pelicans' duds.
That's not the only change in Rivers' appearance. He's added seven pounds of muscle to his 6-foot-4 frame, in order to better absorb and dish out pounding on the way to the basket. And if you look enough look, you might notice something else.
"I have a chip on my shoulder," Rivers said this week at NBA Summer League.
Rivers looks back on his rookie year almost with disdain. The 10th pick in the 2013 Draft struggled to find traction early in the season. He couldn't buy a shot and struggled to take care of the ball, as the losses mounted for the then-Hornets.
And just when it seemed Rivers had started to figure some things out, he broke his right hand in early March and missed the rest of the season.
"Last year was up and down for me. I didn't have a great year," Rivers said. "That was tough. That was the first time in my life where ev...