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Celtics coach Doc Rivers gave his son, Austin, a ringing endorsement.A quick diversion from the Game 6 chatter as we drop a quick note on rapidly approaching 2012 NBA Draft. During a national conference call Wednesday afternoon, Celtics coach Doc Rivers was asked about the on-court personality of his son, Austin, a projected first-round pick in this year's draft, and how it compared to the elder Rivers.
"I don't think it's much different. I think he's a driven, determined player," he said. "I think to coach him, you would love that in him. Every coach that had him has loved that. He just wants to win. He gets frustrated at times, just like I did as a player, when things aren't going right, team-wise. But he's as competitive of a player as you'll ever get.
"I've actually -- in a crazy way -- I've actually heard people knock that, which blows my mind. Why would you ever knock a guy that's competitive? I even heard he's cocky. I've yet to meet the uncocky Dwyane Wade or the uncocky LeBron (James) or the uncocky Ray (Allen) or the uncocky Paul (Pierce). Those are the things that blow my mind, when I hear negatives about him. Other than that, he's a competitive guy. He wants to win, he wants to be the best. That's what you want."
In Chad Ford's Mock Draft, Version 6.0, he projects Boston to snag St. John's SF Moe Harkless and St. Bonaventure PF Andrew Nicholson at Nos. 21 and 22. Rivers is projected to the Minnesota Timberwolves at No. 18 (which would seemingly leave him in play if the Celtics were willing to bundle their two first-round picks to move up).