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Doc Rivers jokes that son, Austin Rivers, was paid to commit to Duke


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Austin Rivers was in college at Duke during the 2011-12 season, and he was a very sought after recruit. Ranging anywhere between the No. 1 and No. 3 overall recruit, Rivers was wanted by every school in the country, including Kentucky.

However, Rivers ultimately ended up in Durham playing for the Duke Blue Devils.

But according to his father, Los Angeles Clippers coach, Doc Rivers, Austin was dangerously close to ending up at Florida for head coach Billy Donovan.

That is, if the Gators had paid more.

Now, I don’t really understand why the son of an NBA head coach would need to be paid to attend college, but your guess is as good as mine. Perhaps it was just a joke Rivers made since athletes being paid is a big issue in college basketball.

I highly doubt anything comes of this, but it’s still an interesting talking point and subject.