Austin Rivers: I'd love to play for Celtics

March, 30, 2012
Austin Rivers, the son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers who declared for the NBA draft this week after finishing his freshman season at Duke, says he'd love to play for Boston.

"If that was to happen, I would love to," said Rivers. "I would love to play for any organization in the NBA. That's my dream. It would be great. It would be different. It would be an interesting aspect just to play for my dad."

Appearing on WEEI's "Dennis & Callahan" on Friday morning, Rivers, 19, said he has never been coached by his father at any level, and that if he were to be drafted by the Celtics he'd want to be treated like any other player.

"If this was to happen, I would want him to treat me like anybody else," Rivers said. "If I'm messing up, I want him to be hard on me. If I'm doing good, I want him to pat me on the back. That's the way he coaches. However he coaches [Rajon] Rondo or Kevin Garnett or Avery Bradley or any other player on that team, I want him to coach me. I don't want anything handed to me. I never have my whole life. I would have to mature and accept that responsibility. That's one of the things you look forward to when you decide to go pro."

Rivers, who averaged 15.4 points per game in his one season for Duke and was the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year, is expected to be a first-round pick. His Blue Devils lost to Lehigh in their first-round game of the NCAA Tournament.

He said he hopes to eventually finish his degree at Duke by taking summer classes.



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