Even before the 2018/19 NBA season began, the Rivers family’s efforts to maintain father-son interactions were dealt a significant setback when American basketball coach Doc Rivers’ son Austin was traded to the Washington Wizards.
Viewers may not recall, but the combination did not always have the greatest of times while working together as coach and player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association.
In addition to Austin Rivers, NBA player-turned-coach Doc (actual name Glenn Rivers) has two other boys and a daughter with his college sweetheart wife of more than three decades.
Three sons and one daughter live with their college sweetheart wife
Glenn’s stint as a college basketball player at Marquette University not only garnered him the moniker “Doc,” but it also served as a platform for him to meet his future wife, Kris Rivers (Campi).
Even after being selected by Atlanta Hawkins in the 1983 NBA Draft, the former Boston Celtics coach and his then-girlfriend kept in touch. Doc and Kris married on May 31, 1986, three years into his NBA career.
The college sweethearts would go on to produce four children, all of whom, like their father, are big sports fans. Jeremiah, the couple’s firstborn, who was born a year after their wedding, previously played college basketball for the Maine Red Claws.
Meanwhile, Spencer, the youngest of the four children, attended UC Irvine. Callie Curry, the married couple’s daughter who welcomed a girl child with Seth Curry in May 2018, on the other hand, was a volleyball enthusiast while attending the University of Florida.
Except for Doc’s second son, Austin Rivers, none of Doc’s children have completely transformed themselves into actual pro-athletes.
Austin, who is currently exhibiting his hooping skills for the Washington Wizards, moved to the team from the rival Los Angeles Clippers, sending shockwaves throughout the NBA nation amid a shocking announcement.
Acrimonious Relationship With Son; Salary & Contract Details Revealed
Doc’s son had two poor seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers from 2015 to 2017.
When accusations surfaced accusing Doc, 57, of using his influence in the company to secure his son a $35 million NBA contract, the duo claimed that the two had a business connection and nothing else.
Contrary to popular belief, the father-son combo does not get along outside of the court. Austin acknowledged the strained relationship between them in a 2016 interview, stating that he and his father had never felt empathy for one another.
Despite agreeing to trade his offspring to the Washington Wizards, Doc – who stands 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) tall – wants to stay with the California-based NBA team.
In order to remain committed to his present squad, the 57-year-old veteran NBA coach inked a contract extension in May 2018, which saw him receive a salary in the eight-figure range.
Contract Extension for a Long Time
Doc committed to a long-term deal with the Los Angeles Clippers in April 2019, less than a year after signing the initial contract.
Though neither he nor his team disclosed the specifics, insiders claimed that the contract would result in a big rise in income. The pact increased his chances of becoming one of the NBA’s highest-paid coaches.
The contract occurred as a result of the Clippers’ overachievement in the 2018-19 season. Doc’s team won 48 games and made the playoffs despite the absence of former MVP Blake Griffin.
Back in March 2019, he put an end to reports that he had agreed to take over as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. The legendary NBA coach stressed that he would not resign until Clippers owner Steve Ballmer forced him to do so.
The Clippers’ fandom holds him in high regard. As an example, in April 2019, Doc inadvertently spilled $2000 from his pocket. Later, a stranger, who was maybe a fan, returned the money.