Boston's Doc Rivers loses to son Austin, Hornets
BOSTON (AP) — Austin Rivers had been looking forward to this game since he was drafted 10th overall by the New Orleans Hornets.
Doc Rivers had been dreading it almost as long.
The Hornets rookie visited Boston on Wednesday night to face his father's team, just the fourth father to coach against his son in an NBA game.
"It's something I really did not look forward to," Doc Rivers said before the Hornets' 90-78 victory. "You're trying to win a game and you're trying to win a game that your son is playing in. You raise your kid; you want them to do well. It's strange."
The Rivers are the fourth father-son pair to face each other in an NBA game.
Denver Nuggets coach George Karl faced his son, Los Angeles Lakers guard Coby Karl, in 2007-08 and again in the playoffs that season. Mike Dunleavy Sr. was coaching the Clippers in 2003 when they faced his son, Mike Jr., and the Golden State Warriors. In 1976, Jan van Breda Kolff played for the Nets against his father, Butch von Breda Kolff, and the New Orleans Jazz.
"I'll enjoy it more maybe later," Doc Rivers said. "Hopefully he will have bigger days. But for me, it will be special."
Most of the Rivers family was in Boston for the event, including Doc's wife and Austin's mom, Kristen. Doc Rivers said he was the one who had to take care of tickets for the family, "so he had to do nothing."
Still, Austin Rivers was confident he knew whom his mother was rooting for.
"Me," he said with a mischievous smile. "Because she loves me more."
Doc Rivers was an NBA star himself, mostly for the Atlanta Hawks during a 13-year career from 1983-96. Austin Rivers, who was born in 1992, grew up hanging around the NBA, especially since his father became a coach in Orlando and Boston.
"I think a lot of guys or a lot of people try to hide the fact that they're going against a team that they know very well, or when they go against their father, they try to pretend it's a normal game. It's pretty much impossible to do that so I just try to treat it as it is," he said.
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