Doc Rivers: Parents Should Let Coaches Coach
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Doc Rivers (@DocRivers) is the head coach for the Los Angeles Clippers and a PCA National Advisory Board Member. He had a stellar playing career with Marquette University and several NBA teams before moving on to coach the Orlando Magic and then the Celtics, whom he led to the 2008 NBA Championship. Rivers is also a prominent sports parent, most notably as father of Austin Rivers, who played at Duke University before playing for his father with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Here, Doc shares some perspectives on sports parenting. He explains that he let his children's coaches coach them. Doc also suggests that parents make sure their kids want to talk about a game before raising the topic, and even then prompting the child with questions about what they experienced and what went right and wrong during the game before sharing any of their own observations, opinions or advice.