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Let’s overreact to this Doc Rivers quote that may or may not imply Duke pays well

Doc Rivers took his Los Angeles Clippers to Oklahoma City last night, only to give up 32 points to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. The former Cat took down the Western Conference contender in Paul George’s return to OKC, but it’s a quote from Rivers that has KSR’s attention today.

When asked about Thunder head coach Billy Donovan, Rivers joked that his son, Austin Rivers, would’ve gone to Florida if Donovan had offered more cash. The young Rivers went to Duke instead, which makes his old man’s quote about Donovan real spicy for all of the Duke haters like us.

“He’s an excellent coach,” Rivers said to Joe Mussatto. “And if he had paid more, Austin would’ve went to Florida.”

To be fair, Mussatto, who many of you may recognize from the UK beat a few years ago, later pointed out that Rivers was laughing when he said. I’m sure he was only kidding around, but this is America and in America we’re free to form our own thoughts and opinions and my opinion on this particular topic is that Duke dropped the bag for Austin Rivers, confirmed by his own father, the head coach of the Clippers.

I think we have a real controversy here and the NCAA should open up an investigation.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

19 Comments for Let’s overreact to this Doc Rivers quote that may or may not imply Duke pays well



  1. Papaw
    6:35 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

    Duke? Pay for play? Surely you jest



  2. ohiokatfan
    6:36 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

    What a stupid thing to post.



    • 4everUKBlue
      12:48 am December 24, 2019 Permalink

      Really??



    • JASUN74
      2:28 pm December 24, 2019 Permalink

      Ohioguy, do you even know what this site is?? Apparently not!! If you did you’d realize that it’s a Kentucky fans view of our sports teams in the most ridiculous manner possible!!! I won’t delete what I just wrote because you needed to see it, but, I apologize for being mean. Lol Have a wonderful Christmas and that goes for everyone. MERRY CHRISTMAS to all. Thanks.



  3. Bluebloodtoo
    6:45 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

    I don’t think anyone questions the assertion that Duke pays their players. The relevant question is whether or not the NCAA can prove it.



  4. runningunnin.454
    6:50 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

    Oh hell, we already knew that.



  5. jim tom
    6:50 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

    All schools pay players including your beloved Wildcats . Don’t stick your head in the sand



    • gobble gobble
      7:00 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

      Haha no they don’t. I’m pretty sure the microscope has been on UK since Cal got there. Then we have the whole college b-ball pay for play scandal. If UK paid players, they without a doubt would’ve been caught and punished severely by now. To say that every college cheats is ridiculous and definitely not true… and you have no evidence to suggest otherwise



    • Bluebloodtoo
      8:05 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

      Gobble gobble… if your assertion is true, then you don’t believe that Duke pays players? Otherwise your logic doesn’t really hold.



    • gobble gobble
      7:03 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

      Also, going to UK if you’re a high level talent pays for itself. I mean UK players, since Cal started, have made over a billion dollars in NBA contracts alone. That’s not to mention all the other players making bank overseas. So get out of here with that baseless, moronic claim of everyone cheating. Schools like UL obviously had to cheat to keep up… UK OBVIOUSLY does not



    • ClutchCargo
      7:13 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

      jim tom is still enjoying his vacation, I see! lol



    • gobble gobble
      8:14 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

      Uuuhhhh what?? No it doesn’t Blueblood. Duke didn’t get in trouble bc it’s Duke and Coach K. They could hand money to a recruit of national tv and the NCAA would be like “what cash?”… and Duke doesn’t get players to the NBA like UK does, and it’s not even close. The players Duke does put in the NBA end up being garbage for the most part. So, my logic is perfectly sound…



    • 4everUKBlue
      8:18 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

      If we paid players we would not be losing players to K, Washington, Oregon by getting outbid. What a dumb comment Billy Ray Jim Bob.



  6. ryan1723
    7:50 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

    And that one stepback against UNC made it worth every penny.



  7. BobbyBlue
    9:47 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

    Duke will self investigate just like after the Zion accusations and come out with we found nothing.
    The NCAA ie Emmert would never dare investigate the darlings of college basketball.



    • 4everUKBlue
      9:27 am December 24, 2019 Permalink

      I guess they missed Zion’s mother’s new mansion, totally understandable. Oh and Marvin Bagley’s father’s sudden boost of income, but that’s no big deal.



  8. CrystalBall
    10:48 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

    If Emmett could possibly dribble, it wouldn’t be with a basketball.



  9. dan1965
    6:54 am December 24, 2019 Permalink

    Gobble,gobble and Bobby blue pretty much said everything I was going to.
    Sure Duke pays players,we all know that,and as someone said they could do it on national TV and the NCAA would say there TV was out that day.
    I absolutely don’t think UK pays any players right now, Sandy Bell does a good job,and Coach Calipari really doesn’t have to sell Kentucky,it sells itself. Most wins ever,championships are 2nd most,sec tourneys,sec titles,but even more so national TV exposure a lot,big time attention,and NBA opportunities,which are not only the most since Calipari got here, UK’s NBA players have played much better than any other,and yes I’m willing to argue the point,and of course the salaries from those players….enough said !