DO YOU KNOW DOC RIVERS?
Here are five things you may or may not have known about Clippers head coach Doc Rivers:
1. Rivers was a highly sought-after basketball recruit out of Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois outside of Chicago. While he ultimately decided to play for Marquette University in Milwaukee he was recruited by a number of upper echelon basketball programs, including Louisville. Among the tactics used to recruit him by the Kentucky-basketball powerhouse was having former Heavyweight Champion and boxing legend Muhammad Ali, a Louisville alum, call him.
2. With his son Austin in his second year with the New Orleans Pelicans, Rivers will face him 3-4 times each season instead of two, which occurred when the senior Rivers was the Celtics’ head coach in 2012-13. Doc and Austin are only the fourth father-son duo all-time to play against each other in the NBA. Coby and George Karl, Mike Dunleavy Jr. and Sr. and Jan and Butch van Breda Kolff are the others.
3. Asked to name his favorite NBA players growing up, Rivers said, “For me it was Earl Monroe and Walt Frazier and then when I got a little older Dr. J. I think that was a layup.”
Rivers, whose given name is Glenn, earned his nickname “Doc,” when he showed up at Marquette wearing a Dr. J T-shirt. Coach Rick Majerus called Rivers “Doc” from then on and the nickname stuck.
4. Rivers has three sons (Austin, Jeremiah and Spencer) and a daughter (Callie). Austin, who was born in Santa Monica when Rivers played for the Clippers, was named after former NBA star Austin Carr. “I wasn’t good enough to name him after myself, so I named him after Austin,” Rivers said.
5. When Rivers was a senior in high school, he used to attend Chicago Bulls games and hang out near the player’s tunnel after the game. Then Bulls forward Reggie Theus gave Rivers about 10 pairs of sneakers after various games because the two wore the same shoe size (13).