the rumor mongering rules are vague and confusing though, and actually are more defined by topic than whether the post is a "rumor" or not based on any reasonable definition of the term.
Doc Rivers weighs in:
Doc Rivers OK with Austin's choice
Updated: March 28, 2012, 8:32 PM ET
BOSTON -- Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers says he is OK with his son Austin's decision to go pro after one year at Duke.
The younger Rivers announced his decision on Monday to hire an agent and enter the NBA draft.
Doc Rivers said on Wednesday that Austin was recruited as a "one-and-done" player by Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. Still, Doc Rivers says Austin almost stayed because he liked Coach K so much. (that part kills me in one way as I wish Austin cam back...but is great to hear that he loved playing for coach K. also puts to rest some of the "team chemistry issues" bc if there were large chemistry issues I don't think you would even consider coming back)
The Celtics coach says he won't pressure general manager Danny Ainge to draft Austin. Doc Rivers says the Celtics have to do what's best for the team.
Rivers averaged a team-leading 15.5 points and was a unanimous selection as the Atlantic Coast Conference's rookie of the year. He's just the third Duke freshman to lead the team in scoring.
Henson, Barnes and Marshall likely push Mason down farther toward the bottom of the first round making it more likely he stays for a less talented draft. Win/win in my book.
There were chemistry issues on the court between their styles of play this season.
It was probably OK in the locker room.
"An angry man catches no fish"-Zen proverb.
It was neither kid's "fault". They just were not anticipating each other's move. Easy dunk becomes turnover. Similar things happened all year long with many different players involved.
"[T]he tarnished Tar Heels that bear little resemblance to the revered program built by Dean Smith."- Ashville Times
"UNC and the NCAA are trying to conceal that the fraud was specifically designed to pad the transcripts of varsity athletes" - Bloomberg
Yeah, sure. Now there were "chemistry problems."
Mason could be an All-American, really improve his draft stock, and with Duke's returning roster and recruits, next year will be a good time to get back to the inside game.
"An angry man catches no fish"-Zen proverb.
For my part, I really didn't see steady end game play on either side of the ball by anyone but Tyler. Miles and Mason did not touch the scoring position duding the final five minuteshere was rarely one of those alley opp set plays set up for Mason during the final five minutes, much less the final two, Kelly lost the ball bringing it up or afterwards when he was dribbling like a real 3 near the endline, being pressed off balance and making an improdicent pass. The offense in such moments came down to one of the bigs sprinting out to set a screen for Rivers who darted every-which-way to try to break free, with other screens being set if he decided to try other areas of the court, and occasioaly the ball ending up in the hands of someone unexpected, I can recall two and they're both named Tyler. Inthe final minutes, the only plyer who was a serious other option was Curry, unless Dawkins had proven himself in an incredible zone early inthe game and K saw the need for a three-ball to keep the game within reach, or a small and dwindling lead from dwindling even further.
This was not a team without "chemistry issues." I'd be shocked if any such dirty laudry was open for ciscussion, evening mentioning outside the locker room. If issues boiled over in practice, and one of the leser coaches intevened to calm things down, I can only guess that an aggrieved party could speak about it with K, but the talk would not be like sitting on the porch like one might with his proverbial grandfather. K probably had his ways of dealing with those matters that had proven quite successful in the past. He said jokingly after a game at the end of the season that his old tricks didn't seem to be working anymore.
I just don't think see how a team filed with as much talent as Duke had that had most everyone but Curry and Kelly playing bit parts in service of a freshman who occupied the ball an ungodly amount getting more points would be a sanguine and cohessive group. Now maybe there were flare ups and maybe there weren't. But, K put the toothpaste back in the tube as best he could and everyone could be sure that such disagreements did not see thelight of day. One of the littles who was part of the trouble might have had some toes chopped off, and Rivers, who had good reason to be content, was not hating on anyone and I'm sure left feeling like the team were like a band of brothers. Not in Harry's eyes they wouldn't have been, and Harry knew a thing or two on that subject. I still think that there was something about Dawkins' post season decline, and declining minutes that has not been said and never will be.
Laettner talked about his issues with Hurley, and even though they had their problems off the court they didn't allow it to carry onto the court.
Still, just because that's how it was between 2 players 20 years ago does not mean it will apply to every Duke player in Cameron. But we'd hope so.Hill added: "Christian was obviously demanding on Bobby, but he was demanding on a lot of people. Myself, Marty (Clarke), even the walk-ons — he'd get in your face if you messed up. There was tension there, but it was all because he wanted to win. We always knew that. The great thing with Bobby and Christian was that it never carried onto the court. They may be arguing before a game or in practice, but Bobby would always find Christian at the three-point line in perfect position, and vice versa. The chemistry on the court was unmatched. It was 'iron sharpens iron.' And, really, that's the Duke way."