Doc Rivers Would Have No Issue Coaching Son
LOS ANGELES – There’s not much Doc Rivers can do at this point addressing the possibility of acquiring a player who’s not yet his.
But when that player is his son, questions will arise nonetheless.
Rumors have circulated about the possibility of the Clippers trading for Austin Rivers, who will reportedly go to the Celtics as part of the Jeff Green deal.
Doc, a Bears fan, joked that he spoke to Austin last night because they’re Patriots supporters. In all seriousness, though, he followed up by saying discussions about a family reunion in Los Angeles haven’t been scheduled.
But he added that he’d have no problems coaching his son.
“I know there’s been these rumors and stuff, and I can’t talk about that,” Rivers said. “We’re going to do what we need to do. I’ll tell you that.”
A trade to the Celtics wouldn’t have even been possible last year in the immediate aftermath of Doc Rivers going to the Clippers from Boston. Rivers detailed the one-year ban instituted by the league on talks between the Celtics and Clippers, and he’s glad that the two teams can make a deal or at least start talking once again.
He also said that discussions about at some point coaching his son are not unique, even going back to his last coaching stop.
“It almost did happen,” Doc Rivers said. “Danny (Ainge) tried to, when we were in Boston. Danny was really high on him. So I’ve been through this before. That’s why it’s the same thing. We had all kinds of talks about that and how we could do it and if I would like to do it or not. I’ve been through this whole thing before.”
Doc Rivers said he’s in “wait and see” mode right now.
“Like I told you yesterday, we’re just going to keep doing what we think makes our team better,” he said. “If that’s it, we’ll do it. If it’s not, we won’t.”
When asked how the father-son coach and player dynamic would work in the locker room, Jamal Crawford said he couldn’t answer that from experience. He’s never been around a situation like that before.
But Doc Rivers isn’t worried about showing favoritism if he does end up coaching his son.
“I probably show favoritism to Blake (Griffin) and Chris (Paul),” he said. “I love my son, but I think I’m going to still favor Blake and Chris and those guys.”