Sports is filled with uplifting stories of familial relationships. We often hear of great stories between father and son and brothers in professional sports and the bond they’ve developed.
This is not one of those stories.
The Houston Rockets hosted the Los Angeles Clippers and that meant we got Clippers head coach Doc Rivers facing his son Austin Rivers, a guard for the Rockets. It was an intense matchup of teams that could end up squaring off next spring in the playoffs.
Doc Rivers grew upset for what he later claimed was a mixup of the number of timeouts remaining. Per ESPN:
He said that he tried to challenge a play but that it was past the 30 seconds allotted after a play in which to make a challenge. So they told him he didn’t burn a timeout on the challenge and he had two remaining. His ejection came after they said he was out of timeouts when he called the timeout where Beverley received his technical.
Ejections happen all the time, but the Austin vs. Doc dynamic made this one of the most entertaining ejections in NBA history. Doc was complaining to the refs and Austin decided to encourage the technical.
bahahaha Austin Rivers gets his dad T’d up pic.twitter.com/Dic0AeZ5Ep— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) November 14, 2019
Doc was eventually ejected, and as he stormed off the court, Austin gave him the international motion for “I’ll call you.”
Austin Rivers telling his dad to call him after getting tossed LMAO pic.twitter.com/U4AMpAlCKS— Steve Noah (@Steve_OS) November 14, 2019
The entire NBA has Thanksgiving day off. With Houston having the Friday after off as well, it’s possible Austin will head to Los Angeles to visit with his dad and family. Austin figures it might get a little awkward.
Welp.... thanksgiving is going to be weird....— Austin Rivers (@AustinRivers25) November 14, 2019
I’m kind of amazed we don’t see more stories like this involving fathers and sons or brothers in sports. There’s an inherently competitive nature to the relationships, and yet we don’t see nearly enough mocking between family members in professional sports. After last night, I think we need more of it!