Father, son united in L.A.
LOS ANGELES – Austin Rivers has joined the L.A. Clippers to play for Doc Rivers in the first father-son, player-coach combination in NBA history.
The Clippers acquired Austin Rivers from the Boston Celtics on Thursday.
As Clippers president of basketball operations, the elder Rivers had the authority to sign off on acquiring his son. Last weekend, Doc Rivers had said he would be open to coaching Austin.
"I think a year ago I probably wouldn't," he said. "I think I would [now] for sure. I think this team could handle that."
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