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Doc Rivers’ Son Austin Is All About The Regicide, At Least Concerning LeBron James

Since I don’t spend much time following the comings and goings of high school students – long story – I had no idea that Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers’ son, Austin, is a blue chip basketball prospect. So much so, in fact, that he was the recipient of the Wootten Player of the Year Award, given to the top of high school basketball player in the country. That sort of excellence – not to mention his pedigree – has landed Austin a spot in Mike Krzyzewski Army of Courtslayers as he will be attending Duke in the fall.

Unlike his father, who by all appearances seems to be a low-key person – it appears that young Austin is a bit of a talker. Check out the quote that has been making its way around the ‘tubes recently which summarizes Austin’s thoughts on King James, first reported by Brian McLaughlin from Sporting News: “I don’t want to just meet LeBron, I want to destroy him on the court one day.”

Big talk for a young man. But there’s something to say about such brazen overconfidence, although Papa Doc, when asked about the quote Wednesday during the Celtics played the Pacers, attempted to provide some clarification for the quote by insisting that one has to look at it in its entirety to get the true meaning behind what his son said, which is as follows (via Sporting News):

“Well, I’ve met Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen — you name it. A lot of people ask me who I’ve met through my dad, and they’re in awe when they hear the names of the players, but I’ve never looked at it like that. It’s cool meeting all of them, but I really want to be in their situation one day. I don’t want to just meet LeBron, I want to destroy him on the court one day.”

Um, okay. So instead of solely appearing extremely overconfident, we have also learned Austin has met a lot of NBA greats. Good to know. Sorry, but reading the entire quote doesn’t really change what the kid said one iota, although I wouldn’t mind seeing him accomplish his on-the-court, metaphorical regicide. At least fans in Cleveland would have something to cheer about for once…in a few years. Patience is a virtue, Clevelanders. Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Austin Rivers says he wants to ‘destroy’ LeBron, Doc clarifies [Sporting News]