If you have ever read this blog before, you’re probably aware that Austin Rivers is Doc’s son. Austin is the proud owner of the fourth-ranked highlight on this mixtape. The player in the fifth-ranked highlight, Nick Johnson, also has Celtics ties. Nick is the late Dennis Johnson’s nephew. He has kangaroo bounce, and will be headed to Arizona in the fall.
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The Morning Walkthrough is a set of links to Boston Celtics articles throughout the internet, designed to get your day started the right way.
Mark Murphy, Boston Herald – “Daniels walked out of these summer contests with one overriding message: ‘Length, use my length.’ It’s the same message Daniels kept repeating Wednesday night due to a sudden point-guard dilemma. With Rajon Rondo sidelined with a sore hamstring, Delonte West out until possibly the playoffs with a broken right wrist and Nate Robinson in foul trouble, Doc Rivers was forced to use his swingman as a surrogate playmaker against New Jersey’s Devin Harris, one of the quickest players in the NBA. ‘I just thought, ‘Oh man, just try to pressure the ball as much as I can,’ ’ Daniels said after logging perhaps his finest game as a Celtic. Beyond his modest numbers – four points, four assists, three rebounds – Daniels turned the game around while matched against Harris and speedy backup Jordan Farmar. ‘I can play point guard if I have to,’ he said. ‘It’s not too tough. I just do what I have to do and take my time.’ It’s good he thinks that way. Rivers, who doesn’t plan to use Rondo in tonight’s game against Toronto, may have to hand the ball to Daniels again. ‘For a game, he’s going to have no choice,’ said Rivers. ‘I don’t know how much, but I can tell you it’ll be a lot of minutes. We have no choice. We can play Avery (Bradley) in spots, but we have to protect him. And Nate can’t get in foul trouble.’”
Chad Finn, Boston Globe – “Confidence wasn’t the initial mind-set when the idea of documenting the Celtics was first considered. ‘We didn’t think the Celtics would want to do it,’ said Simmons. ‘Because KG is so private, and they’d had such a tough loss last year. Oklahoma City was always the team that seemed like just a natural. They were the up-and-coming team. It seemed like the right fit. And when it didn’t work, we revisited the Celtics thing and thought, ‘Well, maybe we should ask.’ And I’m glad because I’d much rather do the Celtics. The key to this was that [coach] Doc [Rivers] wanted to do it,’ Simmons said. ‘It always comes down to the coach. If the coach is in, everyone else falls in line.’ For all of the established names on the Celtics, there remains a bit of mystery about certain individuals. For every gregarious Shaq or Big Baby, there is a guarded personality such as Rajon Rondo, or Garnett, who in four years in Boston has managed to remain out of the public eye away from the court. ‘I’m really hoping KG opens up,’ Simmons said, noting that Garnett has a familiarity with the NBA Entertainment since permitting them to film his offseason workouts in Malibu, Calif., a few years ago. ‘There’s not a lot of great KG footage through the years, but this is probably the best thing that’s been filmed with him. I think he trusts that crew a bit. And to be honest, with NBA Entertainment doing it, I do think it gives these guys a certain comfort level, because it’s not in the NBA’s interest to [mess with] these guys. Our job in way is to make sure it’s not a fluff piece either, to make sure there’s a nice balance.’ The premiere won’t feel like fluff to Celtics fans. ‘The theme of the show, of the first episode, is going to be the effect of losing Game 7 [of last year’s Finals] in a game the Lakers didn’t even play well,’ said Simmons. ‘That’s had an effect on these guys. I think maybe it’s a little more traumatic than maybe we realized during the summer. I think they really feel like they lost a title they should have won. And now they want to get it back. And we’ll see that that is driving them.’”
Gary Washburn, Boston Globe – “Initially, management didn’t expect much from Bradley this season. He is offensively raw, although coach Doc Rivers said he is an NBA-caliber defender. Surgery to remove a large bone chip from his left ankle curtailed his progress, so much so that assistant coach Kevin Eastman estimated the guard has participated in just three practices covering training camp and the regular season. The plan was to work Bradley into the equation slowly as he nears full health. But those projections will be dramatically altered now that Delonte West will miss several weeks with a broken right wrist, suffered in Wednesday’s 89-83 win over the Nets. West was the primary backup to Rajon Rondo, who has missed the last three games with a strained left hamstring and likely won’t play tonight against Toronto. Nate Robinson played well in Rondo’s absence until foul trouble Wednesday night. Although he is only 5 feet 9 inches, Robinson is not a natural point guard and the Celtics would prefer not to assign him full responsibility of backing up Rondo.”
Shaun Powell, NBA.com – “Doc Rivers has coached some of the greats. Tracy McGrady. Grant Hill. Shaquille O’Neal. Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce, the Big Three of the Celtics. He never coached his second-youngest son, now a senior at Winter Park High School right outside Orlando, though. Rivers says Austin became the No. 1-rated recruit on his own and with help from other coaches, from age-group ball on up, and will get additional tips next year from Mike Krzyzewski, one of the best ever, when he suits up for Duke. But father and son talk, you know. And basketball comes up, you know. And the son is a carbon copy of the father: bright, basketball-smart, strategic and likable, you know. So maybe the father never really coached his son; that much is probably true. What Austin got, and continues to get, is something greater: A father who can relate. Earlier this year, Austin said: ‘You know, he’s just my dad. It’s a pretty normal father-son relationship. But we love to talk basketball.’”
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ESPN.com reports that Austin Rivers, the son of Celtics head coach Doc Rivers , has committed to Duke, according to his high school coach.
Rivers is the No.1-ranked basketball player in the high school class of 2011 by ESPN and Yahoo Sports’ Rivals. He committed to Florida briefly last year last season This time, Rivers’s choice came down to Duke, Kansas, or North Carolina.
Rivers ultimately chose Duke because of Mike Krzyzewski. Coach K is coming off of a national championship last April, a world championship two weeks ago, and Duke is the favorite to repeat as national champions.
“He picked Duke because of [Krzyzewski] and his staff,” Bailey said. “There is a ton of tradition at Duke, and it was the best place for him from a basketball and academic standpoint.”
In his junior season at Winter Park High School in Florida, Rivers averaged 23.9 points per game and 1.9 steals per game, leading Winter Park to a state title. On August 31st, Rivers was the MVP of the Elite 24 All-Star Game which featured 10 top 100-rated high school stars, according to ESPN rankings. In the game, Rivers had 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists in a losing effort. Paul Biancardi of ESPN believes Rivers will fit in well at Duke and produce from Day 1.
The 6-foot-4, 189-pound Rivers could have an immediate impact once he gets to Cameron in Duke’s up-tempo, fast-breaking style of play. He is a prolific scorer, has range out to 28 feet and an excellent mid-range game. He uses the jab-step as well as seasoned pros, can finish through contact when attacking the basket and has the best NBA-level floater over bigs of any player in the high school or college ranks.
Rivers certainly will thrive in Duke’s perimeter-oriented offense, but I think Biancardi may have exagerating a bit when he wrote that Rivers has range out to 28 feet. When I saw Rivers play at the Springfield HoopHall Classic, I don’t recall him shooting any shots from almost ten feet behind the arc.
When Austin Rivers faces you with a basketball in his hand, you’re in trouble. You are at his mercy. He has an NBA-ready repertoire of moves at his disposal, and chances are you can’t stop any one of them.
Jab step right, stepback jumper, three points. Hard dribble right, crossover to the left, finish at the rim with authority. Hesitation dribble left, blow by defender, finesse layup over an opposing big man. Triple threat position, sweep through, explosive first step, stop on a dime, pullup jumper.
Whatever move you can think of, Austin Rivers can execute it. He’s the most polished high school player in the country, and he has ESPN’s number one ranking to prove it.
Rivers always could dominate on the offensive end, but he has surpassed his peers based on an ability to lead his team to a comeback win, like he did in the AAU Super Showcase finals. He also won a gold medal and set a U.S. record with 35 points in a FIBA U-18 event against Team Canada.
He is the most-skilled offensive player in the country thanks to his array of moves, highlighted by his lethal crossover, and killer instinct. Rivers can get to the rim, put up a floater over bigger defenders, hit pull-up jumpers, score off pick-and-rolls and shoot long 3-pointers. Plus, he can deliver a good pass when under duress. He consistently put up 30-plus points this summer, despite teams keying on him. In one-on-one situations, the son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers can get his shot on anyone and has come to embrace the bull’s-eye on his back.
I don’t exaggerate when I say that Austin Rivers has it all. Handle, explosiveness, a deadly outside shot, poise. The kid’s an absolute stud, someone who one of his his peers (Jahii Carson) says “just comes out and dominates every time.”
I watched Austin play a high school game last year, and he’s nothing short of electric. He had the entire crowd abuzz while he dominated an unworthy opponent, an opponent who was talented enough to be headed to Duke this season but still didn’t look like he belonged on the same court as Austin Rivers. When Doc was asked after the game about his son’s devastating performance, he replied something like, “Oh, that? Nothing special. He does that every night.”
He does it every night. You just better hope you aren’t guarding him when he does.