During a live Q&A on his Instagram page, Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers had an unexpected guest drop into the chat on Sunday.
In 2012, the New Orleans Hornets selected Anthony Davis with the number one overall pick in the NBA Draft. With their 10th pick in the same draft, they picked up Duke standout Austin Rivers. Now in new environments, Rivers’ Houston Rockets faltered in the second round against Davis and the Lakers.
During his Instagram Live Q&A Sunday afternoon, Rivers spent some time talking about the NBA Finals and why he believes the Lakers will win it all. “They have the two best players right now in basketball,” said Rivers.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis have certainly been dominant in the playoffs, especially in the Finals so far. In their second-round series against the Houston Rockets, James averaged 25.8 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 7.4 assists per game while Davis put up 25.4, 12.4, and 4.0.
“We tried the small ball thing and struggled rebounding,” said Rivers. Though he’s still close with AD, Rivers admitted he’s not rooting for the Lakers, saying he never roots for the team that knocks him out of the playoffs.
After talking to his fans for over 30 minutes, Anthony Davis entered the chat. “AD, what’s good, man?” said Rivers. Austin then went after Davis for how lopsided their playoff matchup was. “AD, I’m off you. Y’all could’ve at least made the s— entertaining for people. I’m hot,” said Rivers.
“My bad, bruh!” responded Davis, accompanied by crying laughter emojis.
“You’re wrong for that, bro,” said Austin. “Going to the basket, I got you and JaVale down there. We were switching everything too. I was like, what are we doing? I should not be down here in this paint.”
After Anthony Davis enters Austin's IG live, Rivers describes how impossible it was to keep up with the Lakers size. pic.twitter.com/Qdf3BnAgMl
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Still, Rivers is happy for his former teammate’s success, as it seems like he’s well on his way to an NBA title by the end of this week. “AD is on his way to getting that Finals MVP,” said Rivers. It’s incredible, 27 years old, bro.”
Austin wrapped up his Q&A by saying he’ll try to do more Instagram Lives in the future, also stating he’s working on a podcast re-launch. Rivers is a must-follow if you want unfiltered responses to tough questions, and we’ll continue to break down his comments as he shares them.