LeBron James has openly expressed his desire to play with his son Bronny in the NBA, but is it a good idea?
The answer is no, according to former NBA guard Austin Rivers, who is serving as an ESPN analyst while he works on making a comeback to the league.
“I hope it doesn’t happen,” Rivers said on ESPN on Monday. “I don’t want to see Bronny play with his dad. I really don’t. I went through something similar, it was a very similar situation, but also different.”
Rivers was referring to joining the Clippers in 2015, when the team was coached by his father, Doc Rivers.
“I was already in the NBA when I went to go play for him,” River said. “What happens is a lot of people start to discredit what you’ve done. Him getting drafted and playing with his dad, I don’t want that negativity to come his way. He doesn’t deserve it.”
It’s an interesting take from Rivers, not only because it stems from his own personal experiences, but because it differs greatly to the common opinion that LeBron playing with his son would be a great spectacle.
While that could very well be the case, Rivers is right to suggest that Bronny deserves the best possible chance to forge his own path.