(BOSTON) — Duke guard Austin Rivers had quite a season for the Blue Devils in 2012 and he’ll now be taking his talents to the NBA, after declaring for the NBA Draft following his freshman season.
Rivers is the son of Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers and said on Friday he would love to play for the Celtics.
“If that was to happen, I would love to,” Rivers said on WEEI’s “Dennis & Callahan” on Friday morning. “I would love to play for any organization in the NBA. That’s my dream. It would be great. It would be different. It would be an interesting aspect just to play for my dad.”
Rivers averaged 15.4 points per game this season and is expected to be a first-round pick come June.
“If this was to happen, I would want him to treat me like anybody else,” Rivers said. “If I’m messing up, I want him to be hard on me. If I’m doing good, I want him to pat me on the back. That’s the way he coaches. However he coaches [Rajon] Rondo or Kevin Garnett or Avery Bradley or any other player on that team, I want him to coach me. I don’t want anything handed to me. I never have my whole life. I would have to mature and accept that responsibility. That’s one of the things you look forward to when you decide to go pro.”
The draft is scheduled for June 28 at 7 p.m. inside the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
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