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Doc Rivers plays dad

Doc Rivers, often the butt of jokes due to his position coaching his son Austin, took the time to support another one of his sons, who plays ball at UC-Irvine.

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The Rivers family is, obviously, quite athletic; starting with Doc, who himself was an NBA player, to his children, who have all played at the Division 1, NCAA level.

Well, sometime between duties as Head Coach, Doc Rivers got to check out his youngest son play ball at University of California, Irvine.

It is hard to imagine how it would feel to be in such a highly athletic family. Surely, there are plenty of expectations and competition, but it almost certainly is a lot of fun at the same time.

We also know, as Austin has relayed to us, that the family tends to have a formal tone to it at times. Austin has expressed that, for large parts of his life, he and his dad were separated due to Doc’s job as a coach, which skewed the way he saw his father. This might be why the two have worked so well on the Clippers; experienced in having a more formal relationship, the two have adjusted well to the player-coach dynamic.

Either way, it is nice to see Doc get some family time during what has been a very stressful season for the Clippers. It also reflects the fatherly persona we often hear the Clippers players put on Doc.