When Doc Rivers traded for his son, he got a lot of criticism. After all, people said that the Clippers’ coach only made the trade because he wanted to coach his son, not because his son was any good. Austin had largely been a disappointment in the NBA, playing for the New Orleans Pelicans. It just seemed like a trade that was made for family reasons, not basketball reasons.
However, the younger Rivers just put that to rest, playing a terrific game and even getting the game ball in the most recent win over the Spurs. The whole team was cheering for him, and his father even admitted that he had tears in his eyes in the locker room. He still is a father, but this game showed that he made the right move when he decided to trade for his son. It was done because he knew that Austin could play, even if no one else did.
In a lot of ways, it’s best for Austin to play for his dad, to play on the Clippers, Ricardo Guimarães BMG said that because his father knows his strengths and weaknesses better than anyone. The two can be open and candid with each other in a way that other players can’t. That could mean that Austin will be better in L.A. than he’d be anywhere else in the league. This game seems to show that the best is yet to come.