The NBA isn't as physical as it used to be, but the pettiness has been off the charts over the last few years. No instance highlights the pettiness in the league more than what happened Wednesday night between former Wizards guard Austin Rivers and his own father, Doc.
While the Clippers head coach argued with referees late in his team's loss to the Rockets, Austin started to call for his dad to get a technical foul. Once Tony Brothers hit Doc with the tech, Austin hilariously celebrated with the Houston faithful.
Austin Rivers was really laughing and calling for his dad to get a tech 😆 pic.twitter.com/WPtypgVN4p— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 14, 2019
Rivers, who played 29 games with the Wizards last season and averaged just over seven points per game before he was traded to the Rockets, might want to approach Thanksgiving dinner with caution once his dad sees this video.
After the game, Rivers said he knew the technical foul was coming for his dad based on the way the game was going and how he and Doc probably won't go to dinner together following this one.
.@AustinRivers25 on his dad, Doc, getting kicked out: “I knew it was coming. I’ve seen that look before many times. Once he starts blinking his eyes fast that’s when I know he’s about to level up. I just started telling Tony (referee) get him and they got him. He’s out of here.” pic.twitter.com/MhZvHjBZ3K— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) November 14, 2019
.@AustinRivers25 on his dad, Doc, getting kicked out & #Rockets play the Clippers Nov 22 at LA: “I doubt we go to dinner. He actually is sensitive about stuff like that. I love him. It was a really good moment. I enjoyed it a lot.I’m not gonna lie to you. I really did enjoy that” pic.twitter.com/rgP0p3SqZk— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) November 14, 2019
Rivers also played for dad in Los Angeles for more than three seasons. Perhaps there's a family feud after the Clippers traded him to the Wizards?
Probably not, but it's always a treat to see family members get heated during a game, no matter what sport it is.
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