Austin Rivers isn’t lying, but these quotes aren’t going to do anything to quell his reputation that he is a spoiled brat and the only reason he is in the league is because of his dad.
Here is what Rivers had to say.
“People are like, ‘Well, his dad gave him his chance.’ Is that true or not? I don’t know. It might be,” Rivers said. “[But] could it be that my pops knew how good I could be because he’s my pops?
“I know what the narrative is on me,” Rivers said. “It’s because I come from money and I have a swagger and confidence about me.
“[But] if I didn’t have this confidence or swagger in myself, I wouldn’t be built to handle the negativity that I’ve gotten. I would’ve already broken down years ago because I’ve gotten this since high school. I’ve turned it into a fuel and it’s helped me. I go into each away arena and it’s rough, because of the s— I hear. This chip on my shoulder, this swagger and confidence, it helps me. If I didn’t have it, I would not be in the NBA.”
Some people think I’m a great player, some people don’t. That’s fine. Numbers don’t ever lie. I know what I’m doing and I know what this team is doing.
“I was the No. 1 player in high school. I was a lottery player at Duke. I was player of the year in the ACC as a freshman. People just forget about these things, like I don’t deserve to be in the league.
Rivers hit them with the “you musta forgot.”