HAPPY FATHERS DAY!
Father vs Son
Haters gotta be mad that Austin scored a career high 27 points last night. Don’t call him a bust yet!
Only in NBA 2K can you break your dads ankles and not get a whoppin afterwards.
Basketball Fans sound off on Twitter last night during Austin Rivers’ (less than stellar) NBA debut. So disrespectful.
Austin Rivers haters rejoice!
If the photo above, brings a smile to your face….well, this post is for you.
I know Rivers has a lot of fans (most twitter followers of any NBA rookie) but he’s still the one rookie people love to hate and remains one of the most polarizing players to enter the league. It’s like, either you love him or you hate him.
There been much debate over how he will fare in the NBA and his true potential beneath the hype that surrounds his last name. I’m a fan, even though many analysts openly predicted him to be a bust (to be drafted at 10th overall), and half the people I talk to think he’s overrated. The other half say he should’ve stayed in school another year.
To their defense, Rivers hasn’t had a particularly great Summer League or Preseason. He’s actually been banged up for most of it, and the the latest injury came last night. Check out the video here.
As you can see, Rivers suffered a nasty looking ankle sprain that kept him out of the rest of the game. He finished with ZERO points in 14 minutes. The injury, which Rivers calls "an everyday basketball sprain" will keep him out next weeks regular season opener, I assume. Word is, Austin is already fine walking, but the sprain is on the same ankle he had surgery on months ago, so he’ll undergo an MRI upon returning to New Orleans just to be safe.
Not great news for Hornets fans, but knowing Austin, he should bounce back from it fine.
Get your first look at two to this years top ten draft picks, Anthony Davis (#1) and Austin Rivers (#10). New Orleans is currently playing Orlando live on NBATV.
In case you missed it, top 10 NBA draft pick Austin Rivers was on ESPN’s First Take yesterday. Among the many topics covered in the interview, Rivers discusses how he’d be an attacking, "Westbrook Type" of point guard this season. He also pretty much guaranteed New Orleans a trip to the PLAYOFFS in 2013.
Hmm, those are some high expectations for a player many predict to be a bust. But then again, we all were hating on Russell two years ago. And Austin does have Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon at his side. Oh, and he’s the son of one of the best coaches in the game. Why not be a little confident?