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LISTEN: Austin Rivers Joins The Vertical Podcast

An emotional and candid Austin Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers joins Adrian Wojnarowski on The Vertical Podcast with Woj. Rivers details his dramatic performance with an swollen and bloody eye in Game 6 of the Western Conference quarterfinal against Portland, including the sudden reversal of how the public and league perceives him. Rivers goes into great detail on the process of joining his father, Doc, with the Clippers, and the stress and complications that put on him and his family. He talks about the process of separating family and business, and how the years apart from his father while Doc coached in Boston impacted their relationship. Austin Rivers goes into detail about his frustrations as a lottery pick in New Orleans who failed to live up to expectations and was essentially given away for nothing. He talks about family tragedy as a young man living in San Antonio, when the Rivers’ home was burned down by arsonists and how that impacted them moving forward. Rivers talks about finding a sense of belonging with his Clippers teammates and his future in summer free agency.