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Austin Rivers blasts JJ Redick’s rip job of dad Doc: ‘Very ironic’

The Rivers family is not sitting quietly.

The son of the Bucks’ new head coach defended his father after former NBA guard and current ESPN analyst JJ Redick asked Doc Rivers to work on “First Take” on Tuesday.

Austin Rivers appears on NBA Today to defend his father after Redick claims Milwaukee’s new bench coach is making “excuses” for the team’s 3-7 start since taking over But also accused the former guard.

Redick, who played in Austin and was coached by Doc with the Clippers, went so far as to say that the Bucks’ head coach was “never responsible.”

JJ Redick didn’t shy away from his former coach. ESPN

Austin defended his father, saying that his father bears a lot of the blame when things go wrong with the teams he coaches.

“For someone who doesn’t take responsibility, he always seems to be in charge, considering he’s the guy who gets fired whenever things go wrong,” he said. “He was fired in the bubble with a 3-1 lead against the Denver Nuggets, where half the team didn’t want to play.

“Then he gets fired for losing to a team that had a better advantage than him, which was last year’s Celtics.”

Doc Rivers and the Bucks are struggling. AP

He also questioned why Reddick pursued his father in the first place, apparently implying that it might have been something during his time in Los Angeles.

“Your best time in the NBA was when you played with him on the Clippers. Let’s not forget that. Is there frustration there or is there tension between the two of you?” I don’t know,” Rivers said. “I know there were a lot of times we had to make you wait at the end of the game because of our defense.

“It’s very ironic that you have this kind of energy towards him in that he’s never been in charge, considering he’s always been in charge. , which is kind of weird.”

Austin Rivers defended his father on NBA Today. Getty Images

In an interesting connection, Redick replaced Rivers as part of ESPN’s top game broadcast group when Rivers terminated his television contract to return to the NBA.

Milwaukee’s star-studded group hasn’t fared well since Rivers took over, losing the last two games, including a 113-110 loss to the undermanned Grizzlies before the All-Star break. There is.

This led to Rivers saying the team “has some guys in Cabo,” which led to Redick’s rant.

While Mr. Rivers has been vocally defended by his son and Patrick Beverley, Mr. Reddick appears to have at least one supporter. Former NBAer and Clipper Marcin Gortatposted a green checkmark emoji to X, referring to Reddick’s rip-off of Coach.

The Bucks need to turn things around in the second half if they want to win another title.

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