Rivers defends son's 'destroy LeBron' quote


Rivers defends son's 'destroy LeBron' quote

Like any good father, Doc Rivers has his son's back.

Austin Rivers, the future Duke guard and winner of the Wooten Player of the Year Award as the nation's top high school basketball player, recently made headlines for saying in an interview with Sporting News, "I dont want to just meet LeBron, I want to destroy him on the court one day."

He was not misquoted, but here is Austin's full remark in context:

"Well, Ive met Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen -- you name it. A lot of people ask me who Ive met through my dad, and theyre in awe when they hear the names of the players, but Ive never looked at it like that. Its cool meeting all of them, but I really want to be in their situation one day. I dont want to just meet LeBron, I want to destroy him on the court one day."

Doc cleared things up with media members Wednesday night before the Celtics' game with Indiana.

"The way it's being portrayed is not exactly what he said," Rivers pointed out. "What he actually said was 'I look up to all those guys, but if your own the floor with them, you want to destroy them.' You've gotta have that mentality. I think he better have that mentality or her will get destroyed. I think that's good."

In an age when more and more attention is being placed on high school athletes, Austin has already started to make a name for himself. He's no longer just "Doc's son," which makes the elder Rivers proud.

"One thing I like about Austin is he kind of dismisses all that. He's defiant about it. He wants to be his own player, his own person, and I think that's the way he should be."

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Russell Westbrook wins NBA MVP; Rockets, Bucks take two awards


Russell Westbrook wins NBA MVP; Rockets, Bucks take two awards

NEW YORK - Russell Westbrook was voted NBA MVP on Monday night after setting a record with 42 triple-doubles last season.

Westbrook's victory ended the first NBA Awards show, which included two wins apiece for the Houston Rockets and Milwaukee Bucks.

Westbrook joined Oscar Robertson as the only players to average a triple-double for the season, and he broke Robertson's single-season record set when he had 41 triple-doubles in 1961-62.

The point guard beat out Houston's James Harden and San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard to succeed Stephen Curry, who had won the past two MVP awards.

Earlier, Milwaukee's Malcolm Brogdon became the first player not picked in the first round to win NBA Rookie of the Year in the common draft era.

Brogdon was the No. 36 overall selection out of Virginia. The common draft era began in 1966.

"I think it's an example for guys that are told they are too short, they are not athletic enough, they are not real point guards, they are not real shooting guards," Brogdon said. "I just think it's an important message for people to see, and it can be done. It just takes a lot."

Teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo won the Most Improved Player award.

Houston coach Mike D'Antoni won his second Coach of the Year award, and the Rockets' Eric Gordon was Sixth Man of the Year after setting a record for most 3-pointers off the bench in his first season as a reserve.

The NBA formerly gave out its individual awards at various points throughout the postseason before switching to the awards show this season and presenting them all at once in front of the league's top players and stars from the entertainment world.

Two of the best moments came during segments that didn't include the NBA's six individual awards.

Bill Russell was presented the first Lifetime Achievement award, welcomed on stage by fellow Hall of Fame centers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, David Robinson, Shaquille O'Neal, Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo. The 11-time champion as a player and the league's first black coach first pointed at them and joked that he would have kicked their butts, then told them: "You have no idea how much respect I have for you guys."

Former Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams was given the SagerStrong Award for the strength he showed after his wife was killed in a car crash in Oklahoma City. He was given a colorful jacket like the ones worn by Craig Sager, the longtime Turner Sports reporter who died of cancer this past season.