Austin Rivers' House Might Be Bigger Than Cameron Indoor (Photos)
Wednesday night, Duke freshman guard Austin Rivers nailed a three-point field goal, as time expired, giving the Blue Devils an 85-84 victory over archrival North Carolina. The son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers (Doc was in attendance at Chapel Hill's Dean Smith Center for Austin's big shot) was named the 2011 Naismith Prep Player of the Year during his senior year of high school in Winter Park, Florida, prior to arriving on the Duke campus.
Being the son of a 13-season NBA player and 11-season NBA coach has provided Rivers with a far more extravagant life than your average 19-year-old college basketball player. Doc Rivers, who led Boston to the 2008 NBA championship, is currently in the first year of a five-year/$35million contract. Prior to this package, Rivers was earning a very handsome $5 million per year to lead the Celtics roster.
Doc Rivers' quarter century affiliation with the NBA has afforded the Rivers family a very comfortable life, amid the sun splashed palm trees of Central Florida. The Rivers' live in a 10,000-square-foot mansion on the shores of Lake Maitland in the Orlando suburb of Winter Park.
Here is an aerial photo of the seven bedroom/eight bathroom home, located seven miles north of downtown Orlando and 26 miles northeast of the Walt Disney World Resort.
This photo showcases the house's picturesque property, set on a Lake Maitland peninsula.
Doc Rivers coached the Orlando Magic from 1999-2003. Despite moving north to Boston in 2004, the Rivers family elected to keep their main residence in the Orlando area.
As can be discerned from the above description of the home of Austin Rivers' youth, the charmed life of number zero began long before he connected on the most significant shot of this season's college basketball schedule to date.
It will be interesting to see if Rivers' pedigree and supreme level of talent will deliver Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski a fifth national championship.
After that, the next point of interest will be finding out if the second generation Rivers joins his dad in the elite fraternity known as the NBA.