Clippers' father-son duo not distracted by family reunion

Tue Jan 20, 2015 1:41pm EST
 
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By Jahmal Corner

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Less than a week after Austin Rivers joined the Los Angeles Clippers to play for Doc Rivers and form the NBA's first father-son, player-coach combination, the duo remain focused solely on basketball.

The Clippers paid a steep price to bring in Austin and the trade, which has captured the interest of those around the team, was a sentimental story that masked a risky move by Doc, who also makes team personnel decisions.

"How big this has become is laughable to me," Doc told reporters before his team's win over the Boston Celtics on Monday. "I'll be glad when this is all over."

Speculation about the trade will not soon end, particularly if Austin cannot produce. Through three games with the Clippers, the guard has three points and is 1-of-10 from the field in 43 minutes.

Austin recorded his first field goal on Monday, a driving, over-the-shoulder scoop that flashed his offensive imagination, but he is clearly battling a learning curve.

"The biggest thing for me are the (play) calls," Austin told reporters. "The calls here are opposite of what they meant to me a week ago"

Austin, 22, has found his adjustment to the NBA tougher than many expected. A 6-foot-4 guard with a scorer's mentality, he was a top prospect.

New Orleans made Austin a first-round draft pick in 2012 but he never found his niche, averaging 6.9 points per game. He was traded to Boston earlier this month and swiftly dealt to the Clippers three days later.   Continued...

 
Mar 4, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers prior to the game against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports