Austin Rivers is intrigued by the prospect of playing for his father, Celtics coach Doc Rivers.
"If that was to happen, I would love to," Rivers said Friday." "I would love to play for any organization in the NBA. That's my dream. It would be great. It would be different. It would be an interesting aspect just to play for my dad."
Rivers said that if he were to be drafted by the Celtics, he'd want to be treated like any other player.
"If I'm messing up, I want him to be hard on me. If I'm doing good, I want him to pat me on the back. That's the way he coaches," Rivers said during the radio interview. "However he coaches(Rajon) Rondo or Kevin Garnett or Avery Bradleyor any other player on that team, I want him to coach me. I don't want anything handed to me. I never have my whole life. I would have to mature and accept that responsibility. That's one of the things you look forward to when you decide to go pro."
Arizona and UNLV are out of the race to sign basketball star Shabazz Muhammad
"It's at three right now, yeah," Muhammad said. "UCLA, Kentucky and Duke. Right now, those are probably the last three before I make my decision."
Muhammad, Naismith National Player of the Year, said he liked UNLV and Kansas, but wanted to be honest with coaches who kept ringing his phone.
"I just think it was the calls," Muhammad said. "The schools that I took out, I liked them, but I wasn't really interested in going. I didn't want to lead them on. I want them to do the best they can to recruit other players and not recruit me anymore. I just thought that was the mature thing to do."
Muhammad was awarded MVP honors Wednesday in the McDonald's All-American Game, scoring 21 points to lead the West to a 106-102 victory.
"When you come to every event, you want to be known as the best player at the event," he said. "Knowing everybody's talented, this is the elite 24, top 24 guys in the country, and just coming in knowing everybody's competing, competing is a beautiful thing."
Austin Rivers is leaving Duke after one season to enter the NBA draft, the school announced Monday.
"I would like to thank the coaches, my teammates and the fans for helping make this past year at Duke so special," Rivers said in a release provided by Duke. "Coach K and the rest of the staff really helped me develop and improve in all areas of the game. "It was a difficult decision to leave Duke, but I am excited about chasing my dream of playing in the NBA."
Rivers averaged a team-high 15.5 points and was a unanimous pick for ACC freshman of the year.
"Austin (Rivers) had a terrific year as a freshman and has put himself in a position to pursue his dream of being a great player in the NBA," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said in the release. "He is an outstanding young man with an even more impressive family. We are in total support of Austin, his family and the decision.
"We look forward to watching him continue to develop and excel at the next level."
Tony Parker will announce where he intends to go to college “on the 11th,” his father, Virgil, confirmed.
Parker, a 6-foot-8, 270 pound power forward, averaged 18 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks a game this season for Lithonia Miller Grove High School as the team captured its fourth-straight state title.
He is seriously considering UCLA, Kansas, Duke, Ohio State, Memphis and Georgia.
Doc Rivers confirmed that his son Austin, who plays for Duke, has not decided whether to forgo his remaining collegiate eligibility and enter his name in the draft.
“I heard the report, but he hasn’t decided anything, yet,’’ Rivers said. “I mean, you know, he’s got to make a decision and he leans one way one day and the other. So that’s part of it.”
Rivers helped his son choose his college destination and is advising him now.
“At the end of the day all you can do with your kids, or any kid in that situation, is give as much input as you can and you try to let them make the decision,” Rivers said. “They have to make it, you can’t make it for them.’’
Austin Rivers has not decided whether he will declare for the NBA, according to his older brother.
“We haven’t talked about it yet,” said Jeremiah Rivers, who is with his brother just outside of Orlando, Fla. “He had a really good year, obviously. But as far as my brother coming out, he hasn’t even mentioned it.”
Jeremiah indicated he wasn’t sure when a decision will be made.
“My dad (Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers) is not here at the moment,” he said. “There’s not even no timetable or anything like that. We’ll just take it one day at a time right now.”