Celtics coach Doc Rivers will be with his son, Austin, at the NBA Draft in Newark, N.J., Thursday night and not with other Celtics personnel at the team’s draft headquarters at TD Garden in Boston. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Rivers being at the draft is “where he should be” and said he’d be communicating with Rivers by phone.
“It will be just like he’s in the back room here,” Ainge told reporters Wednesday.
Austin Rivers is projected as a top-10 pick Thursday night and could go as high as No. 6 to Portland. He was invited to the green room at the Prudential Center in Newark, where he’s expected to be joined by his father.
The Celtics hold the 21st and 22d picks in the first round. With five minutes between picks, Rivers the coach should still have plenty of time to give his input to Ainge before the Celtics make their first selection.