A Father Like Austin’s

by Yusuf Gadlin
When Los Angeles Clippers coach/General Manager Doc Rivers made the controversial decision to not only sign but save his son Austin Rivers failing NBA career, the coach took an unimaginable amount of negative criticism.  “He’s Just looking out for his son,” is just one of many thoughts that ran through people heads that secretly wished that they too could save their own sons, not just pertaining to athletics but the everyday life struggles that their own sons face on daily basis.
What Doc Rivers is currently doing is more than just showing NBA executives that his son has a place in the asassociation, but more importantly “Doc” is simply being a father. For those men that think being a father ends when your child turns 18, sadly you are mistaken. A father’s duty isn’t completed until your son has the distinct honor of being your pallbearer.
Doc Rivers not only gave his son a rebirth but he also instilled confidence in a way that only a father could. This is evident by the 25-point performance Austin Rivers showed the world he was capable of in last night playoff game against the shell shocked Houston Rockets. The way Austin dominated with an array of flip shots, contested lay ups, and his famous rainbow jump shot had to make his father proud.”
This is the one time you can be a dad and not a coach,” Clippers starting point guard Chris Paul said while patting his head coach Doc Rivers on the back. Austin Rivers was in a zone–a zone that could be contributed to his father belief in him. Nobody believed in Austin. Nobody believed he could fill the Clippers  back up point guard  position the way he has other than the man that help create him. Doc Rivers has admitted to being emotional watching his son receive the game ball  when Austin unpredictably saved the Clippers season in game 4 against the defending champions San Antonio Spurs. Austin again came shining through with 16 critical points lifting his team to victory.
Mega Superstars like LeBron James and Derrick Rose don’t know their father. I can say with 100% fact, that they made it to the NBA partly because they were fueled by anger because their father despicably  walked out of their lives. Fortunately, Rose had four older brothers that took turns playing the role of a father and LBbron had a Super Human mother that raised a boy into multi-million dollar man. Essentially Doc Rivers is doing something that most men are scared to do which is sacrifice. Most men run away from responsibility, unable to deal with the pressures of raising a kid.Therefore they cowardly exit from the child’s life not knowing God has blessed him with the answers to his financial hardships. All the man has to do is  find a way to provide and also sacrifice his time molding his seed into a responsible adult, I guess its easier said than done.
Doc Rivers was a former NBA player, so his son never had to worry about shouldering the pressures so many young black men have to shoulder when their fathers  vanishes in thin air, However  Doc Rivers was willing to sacrifice his professional career so that Austin could showcase that  he had one. How many rich fathers would risk not only their name and reputation, but jeopardize there career for their son proving to be a total bust in their father profession.
Not Many.
Doc Rivers could have easily told his son ” Nice try,At least you made it to this level”, but Doc saw untapped potential and decided he was the only one that can bring it out of his son. He was right. Doc is to be commended for his faith in his son. He is the type of father that  would breathe life into his children rather its on the NBA hardwood or behind the glass of a prison.With fathers day around the corner, Austin Rivers owes his father the finest watch and a debt of gratitude he could never payback

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