NBA: Doc and Austin Rivers Facing off Reminds Us Why We Love Basketball

January 15th, 2013 by Patrick Buscone Leave a reply »
Everyone clear their schedules for Wednesday night from 8:00 p.m. ET to around 11 p.m. ET. This is not for a lunar or solar eclipse or a blue moon. Something even more rare: A father coaching against his own son in the NBA. 

How rare is this? Well, to my best knowledge it has happened just two other times—with Mike Dunleavy Sr. and Jr. and George Karl and Coby Karl.

Since those instances, it hasn't occurred.

A father-son duo to both play in the NBA is rare (Doc and Austin are that as well), but a dad coaching against his own son at any level is unheard of, especially in the NBA.

Even in youth basketball, your dad was always your coach. He would never coach against you. In the NBA, though, apparently different rules apply regarding dad coaches and son players. 

It's not a conflict of interest by any stretch of the imagination. Doc will not spare Austin the Avery Bradley treatment or let him score just because he is his son. If anything, it will be the opposite. 

Certainly, I will be interested to see how Doc treats Austin on the court in terms of schemes. Austin is not a star in this league yet, s ...

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