Doc Rivers On Sports Parenting
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.
As a father to a professional basketball player and other athletically accomplished children, Rivers has had his fair share of experiences as a sports parent. In this video he talks about the focus he tries to keep in his relationship with these coaches. If his child is playing a sport other than basketball, it’s more of a natural relationship. However, Rivers describes parenting young basketball players as sometimes “strange” since coaches were often intimidated by his role in the NBA.
To help the coaches be at ease with the situation, Rivers makes it clear from the start of the season that he is there to be a supportive parent and nothing more. Too often do parents try to take over coaching responsibilities as well, but that’s not their role and Rivers urges parents to let the coaches coach.