Found June 13, 2012 on The Sports Bank:
Due to his father being a former collegiate All-American, NBA veteran, and title winning head coach; Duke‘s Austin Rivers has been in the national spotlight for quite some time.  The Blue Devil shooting guard chose to enter the 2012 NBA Draft after just one season in college and carries a heavy burden as he transitions to the next level. “At the end of the day, basketball is something I’ve been playing my whole life,” Rivers stated at the NBA Draft Combine.  “It’s a game.  I have fun.  I love it… I take it very serious but I understand that there’s always tomorrow.  I haven’t been perfect in my career.  I have a lot of ups and downs.  You take the downs, you fix them, you flush them, and you keep moving forward.” That thought was almost certainly engrained in Austin’s head by his father, Doc Rivers.  That is not the only advice dad offered his son as Austin goes through the NBA Draft process. “Stay hungry and humble,” was another message Austin has taken from his dad.  “U

On E’Twaun Moore’s push for more playing time next season and Doc Rivers’ mentality with young players

The Boston Celtics practiced once, twice, maybe three times over the entire second half of the season. It was a concession Doc Rivers needed to make to allow his older player’s recovery time to better handle the hectic schedule made necessary by the NBA lockout. It was also a concession that helped rob E’Twuan Moore and JaJuan Johnson of their rookie seasons.Moore told CSNNE...

Will Austin Rivers’ 'cockiness' hurt or help him come the NBA Draft?

 He was one and done at Duke University.  He is a 19-years old basketball prodigy with NBA roots and can more than hold his own as a swing guard at 6-foot-4.  And that game winning three-pointer against North Carolina earlier this season only serves as a reminder that the kid can take and make big shots.  Yet when it comes to Austin Rivers, the perceived ego or cockiness that...

Duke’s Austin Rivers has great guidance for NBA transition (Video)

As you obviously know, former Duke Blue Devils guard Austin Rivers is the son of former NBA point guard and current Boston Celtics coach Glenn “Doc” Rivers. As such, Austin will be better prepared for the transition to the NBA life than other league prospects. As you might expect, the topic of his Dad came up quite a bit at the combine The Sports Bank’s Ngozi Ekeledo stopped...

2012 NBA Mock Draft: Sixers Select Austin Rivers, From Duke

The Philadelphia 76ers own three picks in the upcoming NBA Draft – 15th, 45th and 54th overall. With so much uncertainty surrounding the team, the Sixers should be looking to take the best player available with each of their selections. Draft Express recently published a new mock draft. Here’s who they have the Sixers taking at their respective selections: 15. Austin Rivers,...

Your Morning Dump… Where Doc is “a players’ coach who will kick your ass.”

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. In the Atlanta series, when Bass failed to close out on a Josh Smith 3-pointer late in the third quarter, Rivers yanked him from the game. Bass thought he was done for the night, but two minutes later, Rivers...

Perkins joins the growing chorus: Garnett considering retirement, won’t play for anyone but Doc Rivers

If you didn’t trust Sam Cassell, who shared the exact same news earlier this week, maybe you can believe Kendrick Perkins: Kevin Garnett is conflicted about retirement, but won’t play for anyone except Doc Rivers if he returns for an 18th NBA season. (CBS Sports)Despite the comfort zone Perkins has found in the heartland, you get the sense a piece of him died when the Celtics...

LeBron James Went to Miami Looking for a Big 3, But What He Actually Wanted Was Doc Rivers

When the curtain finally went down on the Celtics' season Saturday night in Miami, LeBron James could be seen giving Doc Rivers a lengthy pat on the back. James and Rivers clutched arms as James spoke into Rivers' ear, spending far more time sharing his thoughts than the usual "good game" warrants. James told ESPN's Doris Burke in his postgame interview that...

Sam Cassell is trying to get Kevin Garnett to stop thinking about retirement

While writing a story about Doc Rivers, Jackie MacMullan broke news on several other fronts. Go read her story for quotes about Doc, such as: ”They say Doc is a players’ coach, and he is,” Bass said with a grin. “A players’ coach who will kick your ass.” But keep reading this post for some of the news.Ray Allen probably isn’t returning. MacMullan reports he was pissed...

Don’t take Lebron James for Granted

As Doc Rivers emptied his bench in a concession of defeat, subbing out his future hall of fame studs one by one, King James walked quietly to the Miami bench looking extremely relieved. Not only had his squad battled back from a 3-2 hole to take the Eastern Conference Finals for the second year in a row, he had managed to avoid a potentially cataclysmic, social media crashing frenzy...

Celtics Summer League schedule released

2012 NBA Summer League Game ScheduleMonday July 16 • COX Pavilion4 PM -- Atlanta vs. BostonTuesday July 17 • COX Pavilion 10 PM -- Chicago vs. BostonThursday July 19• Thomas & Mack 6:30 PM -- Boston vs. SacramentoSaturday July 21 • COX Pavilion10:30 PM -- Milwaukee vs. Boston Sunday July 22 • COX Pavilion 6 PM -- Boston vs. LA Clippers• SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO...

E’Twaun Moore wants a bigger role next year (and should get one)

I know… I could write a headline saying “a starving person hopes for more food next year” and it would make just as much sense.  Of course E’Twaun wants a bigger role.  Garbage time minutes, especially when you had a few good games earlier in the season, are not anyone’s goal. I think Moore is going to be good.  Good enough, in fact, that next season he could fight...
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