Rivers: Son Austin undecided on going pro

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Rivers: Son Austin undecided on going pro

PHILADELPHIA According to published reports, Duke freshman Austin Rivers is leaving Duke after just one season.

But his father, Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, said his son has not made a decision on whether to turn pro.

"I heard the reports," Doc Rivers said. "But he hasn't decided yet."

Doc Rivers added that one day his son is leaning one way with his decision, and another day he's leaning in the opposite direction.

Players have until April 10 to make a decision, which is why Doc Rivers expects his son to make a decision "soon."

The whole situation is unique, to say the least.

Rivers is a father first, but he's also an NBA head coach whose livelihood depends in part on the C's front office adding quality players like his son Austin, one of the most heralded freshman in the country this past season.

From Doc Rivers' perspective, the worst thing that can come out of all this is that his son returns to Duke University.

"It's good that he has choices," Doc Rivers said. "We'll see. It'll be soon."

The decision Austin made on choosing Duke was a difficult one, one in which his father was involved.

As far as Austin's decision on playing in the NBA, Doc Rivers said his involvement is no greater or less than it was when it came time to choose a college.

"All you can, with all your kids or any kid in this situation, give them as much input as you can," Doc Rivers said. "And you try to let them make the decision. They have to make it; you can't make it for them."

Austin Rivers is projected to go somewhere around the middle of the first round, which could potentially have him available when it's time for the Celtics to make their first round selection.

"That would be interesting; that would be very interesting," Rivers said. "I don't think I'm legally allowed to say it until he makes a decision. Otherwise I'd get fined for talking about my son."

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball. 

 

Mitchell rising fast but somehow totally unaware of fantasy football

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Mitchell rising fast but somehow totally unaware of fantasy football

FOXBORO -- It seems unlikely that a 23-year-old who has spent much of his life around sports would be unaware of how fantasy football works. But Malcolm Mitchell insisted on Friday that he was that 23-year-old. 

Over the last seven days, Mitchell has been the second-most added player in ESPN.com fantasy leagues behind only Steelers tight end Ladarius Green. The rookie wideout went undrafted in many fantasy leagues before the start of the regular season, but his production has spiked over the last three weeks making him one of a hot commodity for people headed into the fantasy playoffs.

In wins over the Niners, Jets and Rams, Mitchell has caught 17 passes for 222 yards and three scores. 

"I have family members mention it, but I never know what they're talking about," Mitchell said when asked if he was asked about his newfound popularity among fans of fantasy football. "I'm not sure how that works. If someone said it, I'd probably have no idea what it means."

A fewer lockers down from Mitchell is the stall of rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who cut into Mitchell's back-and-forth with reporters joking, "I've got him on my team!"

Mitchell's confusion over the phenomenon that is fantasy football seemed to be genuine as he asked questions about how teams operate and what fantasy free-agency means. 

Those who've picked him up probably don't mind that Mitchell is in the dark on the subject -- and the same goes for the Patriots coaching staff, it's safe to assume -- as long as he continues to do his job as well as he's done it in recent weeks.