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Austin Rivers will get followers booted from courtside seats: ‘Little punks’


Don’t heckle Austin Rivers about his household. He may simply have you ever kicked out.

That’s simply what Rivers did throughout Wednesday’s Nuggets-Thunder sport in Oklahoma City, stating two courtside followers early within the fourth quarter who had been then escorted out by safety.

“They were just talking about my family the whole night,” Rivers instructed reporters after the 108-94 Thunder win. “I’ll take a complete lot, I do take rather a lot. I’ve been taking a variety of warmth since I’ve been, what, eighth grade, simply due to who my father [Doc Rivers] is, so folks like to speak.

“You got little punks like that that sit courtside and get real bold because they, I don’t know, they feel special and think they’re cool, talking to somebody like me. I don’t know what they’re doing, I don’t know who they are. Bunch of nobodies just talking. I don’t even care to give them attention. But, clowns be clowns.”

Rivers has been the goal of jokes centering on his dad since he got here into the league, by no means extra so than the four-year stretch through which he performed for the Clippers beneath Doc Rivers.

With the Nuggets this 12 months, the 29-year previous Rivers has averaged 4.7 factors in 20 video games, largely off the bench. He had 12 factors in opposition to OKC.

Rivers, who performed 21 video games for the Knicks final season, stated he normally doesn’t thoughts some remarks from followers, nevertheless it went over the road on Wednesday as a result of the hecklers in query, along with making feedback about Doc, talked about his sister Callie, who’s married to Steph Curry’s brother Seth.

“I don’t want to be portrayed or try to make myself sound like I’m some tough guy,” Rivers stated. “… None of those dudes would ever talk to me like that if I wasn’t on the basketball court. I don’t like people like that.”

Austin Rivers takes the ball down the courtroom.
NBAE through Getty Images

LeBron James and Tristan Thompson have additionally gotten followers tossed from video games for heckling this season, and final 12 months’s playoffs had been marred by a variety of fan-player incidents that resulted in fan ejections.

“… You’re talking about my family, like, what are we doing here?” Rivers stated. “Imagine me showing up to where they work, and I’m just talking [crap] about their family the whole time, like while they’re trying to work. … A bunch of punks. I’m glad the refs threw them out, otherwise that’s where you get into a situation where I go over there and then it’s different.”

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