December 8, 2023


“He did an incredible job. The home was a large number.”

Doc Rivers (left) teaching the Philadelphia 76ers. Tim Nwachukwu/Getty

Doc Rivers is about as near an professional as you may be at teaching a basketball crew. His instinct for selecting a babysitter for his youngsters, however, leaves a bit bit extra to be desired.

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Throughout Wednesday’s sport between the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings, commentator Dave Pasch requested Rivers to recall a narrative a few time he wanted to babysit his youngsters, together with former lottery decide Austin Rivers. The story itself was merely Rivers asking a former teammate to observe over his treasured youngsters, however the teammate in query was not somebody most individuals would suppose to offer such an essential duty to.

“It was a one time factor, however after I was in San Antonio, I needed to exit, and we used Dennis Rodman for one evening babysitting Austin and a few of our youngsters,” Rivers mentioned. “I don’t know if I’m mum or dad of the yr or the worst mum or dad.”

Rodman’s legacy is outlined by each his wonderful rebounding and protection and, maybe most notably, the quite a few public controversies he discovered himself in throughout his enjoying days. The very considered youngsters being within the care of a former member of the “Unhealthy Boy” Pistons who would later publicly insult spiritual teams, assault referees and cameramen and declare that he would marry himself would fear any mum or dad.

However Rivers mentioned that Rodman emphatically agreed to the request, and that the Corridor of Famer did an incredible job babysitting his youngsters.

“[Rodman] was over on the home and he mentioned ‘Hey, I can do this. I really like babysitting,’” Rivers mentioned. “And he did it, he did an incredible job. The home was a large number.”

He could not have been an angel within the public’s eyes, however Rodman has Rivers’s seal of approval as a babysitter.