Austin Rivers has been piling up player of the year awards for the season he’s having as Winter Park (Fla.) High’s superstar and the No. 1 prospect in the country, and his father, Celtics coach Doc Rivers, has done his best to keep up at every step. Yesterday, he was in Chicago to surprise Austin at the ceremony for the McDonald’s All-American Morgan Wootten Player of the Year Award.
The father son combo did TV and radio spots before taking in the Bulls’ blowout win over the Wizards.
Doc Rivers said one of the basketball conversations he cherishes most tipped off with a two-word question from a baggage handler at a Sacramento airport last month.
“How’s Austin,” the man asked when he spotted the Boston Celtics coach arriving for a game.
Very well, thank you. As the consensus No. 1 high school basketball player in the nation, very well.
“I loved it,” a proud father said on Wednesday. “We all want to be parents of our children. That’s what I want to be.”
Austin Rivers told the Sentinel he was surprised to see his father at Wednesday’s press conference. Austin, a 6-4 guard, has led Winter Park to two state championships.
“I’m very surprised he’s here. I thought he was in Boston somewhere,” Rivers said.