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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Doc Rivers OK with Austin's choice

Associated Press

BOSTON -- Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers says he is OK with his son Austin's decision to go pro after one year at Duke.

The younger Rivers announced his decision on Monday to hire an agent and enter the NBA draft.

Doc Rivers said on Wednesday that Austin was recruited as a "one-and-done" player by Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. Still, Doc Rivers says Austin almost stayed because he liked Coach K so much.

The Celtics coach says he won't pressure general manager Danny Ainge to draft Austin. Doc Rivers says the Celtics have to do what's best for the team.

Rivers averaged a team-leading 15.5 points and was a unanimous selection as the Atlantic Coast Conference's rookie of the year. He's just the third Duke freshman to lead the team in scoring.