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."

Thomas won’t play Friday night vs. Raptors

Thomas won’t play Friday night vs. Raptors

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Celtics are about to hit one of the toughest stretches of the season and they’ll have to do it for at least one more game without their leading scorer, Isaiah Thomas. 
Thomas, who suffered a right groin injury on Monday against the Houston Rockets, did not play on Wednesday against Orlando and said that he will not play in Friday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors. 
“It’s day to day. I want to play. I want to be out there but it’s the smart decision to hold out and wait until it’s 100 percent,” Thomas said during a Season of Giving event for children of the Military Friends Foundation held at the Celtics’ practice facility. “If it was a playoff game I would be out there for sure.”
However, after consulting with a number of medical personnel, Thomas decided the best thing for him and the Celtics was to sit out Friday’s game which, along with Wednesday in Orlando, will be the first two he has missed since the 2014-2015 season. 
Thomas said there’s no specific timetable for his return, but he said he is planning to travel with the team to Oklahoma City for their matchup against the Thunder on Sunday. 
“It’s eating me a live to sit, but I have to do what’s best for my body, I have to do what’s best for this team,” Thomas said. “I need to be 100 percent healthy to give this team what I can give them.”
The Celtics are hoping for similar success they had Wednesday in Orlando (a 117-87 victory) on Friday against Toronto.
“They played a hell of a game last night,” Thomas said. “They’ll be ready tomorrow.”
The fact that Thomas intends to travel with the team is a good sign that the groin injury isn’t too serious. 
If he doesn’t play at Oklahoma City, that likely means he’ll return to action on Wednesday at San Antonio. 
“I’m going to do what I can to get back out there on the court,” Thomas said. “I gotta be smart about this. I don’t want this to linger on this season.”
Replacing Smart in the lineup against Toronto will most likely be Marcus Smart. 
Smart, who has been a replacement starter at small forward and point guard this season, had 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals against the Magic.