BOSTON – Austin Rivers had been looking forward to this game since he was drafted 10th 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 win. “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.”
Denver coach George Karl faced his son, Lakers guard Coby Karl, in 2007. Mike Dunleavy Sr. was coaching the Clippers in 2003 when they faced his son, Mike Jr., and Golden State. In 1976, Jan van Breda Kolff played for the Nets against his father, Butch van Breda Kolff, and the Jazz.
Most of the Rivers family was in Boston for the event, including Doc’s wife and Austin’s mom, Kristen.
Austin Rivers was confident he knew whom his mother was rooting for. “Me,” he said with a mischievous smile. “Because she loves me more.”
He finished with eight points in 22 minutes.around the League
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