Austin Rivers Wanted to Play in Hornets Final Summer League Game

Published: July 21, 2012

I chatted with Austin Rivers after the Hornets final Summer League game. He told me that he wanted to play, and that if it had been the regular season, he would have.

Here’s the text version of the Q and A with Austin Rivers.

How’s you feelin? How’s the lower body?

AR: It’s a lot better. It’s just nagging soreness and stuff like that. So it was cautionary. They just wanted me to sit and support.

If this wasn’t Summer League, do you think you would have gone?

AR: Yeah, I would have went out there and played. I mean, I wanted to play now. It’s just [the coaches] decision and just getting right for when the real season starts. You know, it’s a long season so when things happen you gotta bulk up and go out there and play.

Is there any concern on your part about adjusting to the rigors of an NBA schedule?

AR: No, I mean, everyone has to go through it. I think the main thing, I think I’ve always been really good at just maintianing my rest and eating right and stuff like that.  I think those little things really help. As far as working hard, you gotta put the work in to make sure your body is right. I know I’ll be alright. There’s going to be really tough challenges ahead, but that’s what you live for. That’s what I live for so I’m just going to go out there and play.

What else are you working on the rest of the summer?

AR: Just continuing to get stronger. That way I can go into training camp right, and just getting in the best shape I can possibly be. That way in training camp I’m already in decent shape. [Workin on] my handle, skills, working on a lot of stuff that point guards do as well. I’ve been playing a lot of shooting guard, but I’ve been playing a lot of point guard as well. So, ya know, continuing to do that stuff.



  1. Pingback: Hornets Lose Their Summer League Finale | New Orleans Hornets |

  2. nolakid21

    July 22, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Hey Bill Ingram is reporting that Hornets and Bobcats are in a sign-and-trade talks involving Landry and Diop. Diop is a big 7’0 footer that could fill the void at center. I know that Landry would have to agree and the Bobcats would have to out bid the Warriors. The Warriors are expected not to use their full mid level exception on him. I think that would be a decent idea on the Hornets part.

    • mazonmafia

      July 22, 2012 at 12:49 am

      I guess he works for a short term solution. His contract is up after this year… Maybe we can get a couple more second rd picks out of the deal. 🙂

    • mazonmafia

      July 22, 2012 at 12:52 am

      Would rather have grabbed brendan haywood when he was amnestied…

  3. RealDeal

    July 22, 2012 at 1:15 am

    should keep landry and sign darko

  4. maximumballer

    July 22, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Landry wants starter money. We have Davis and Anderson at the 4. Smith will rotate with Davis at c. Diop is just a big body to throw at Howard. Or equivalent. C. I hope. Monty. Plays. Davis all over the court anda athletic SF like Kidd Gilchrist. Aminu has to play aggressive defense. I hate to say it but we need Adidas here. Lets assume we get diop
    Rivers Vasquez
    Gordon Henry
    aminu Thomas
    Davis Anderson
    Smith diop

    The versatility on our team is incredible if we can guard there are few teams who can stop us offensive ly. I expect Davis and Gordon to dominate making every other. Player’s game easy. If rivers learns to hit the 2m3 ball regularly man we got exterior gamers.
    Gordon Anderson can really shoot 3s. We just need rivers to hit them too.
    The hornets and warriors have the two best rising team.
    Houston is my dark horse. Royce white,Terrence and lamb are decent are good. Players. Is Asimov is not signed by bulls, you have intriguing foundation with Lin there. But they look bad defensively on paper

    • LLHOPS

      July 22, 2012 at 10:51 am

      No way Rivers plays ahead of Vasquez at point. Everyone is worried about the center postiion for good reason but the Hornets are so thin at true point guard – this will be the real problem area during the season.

      • nolakid21

        July 22, 2012 at 3:35 pm

        This guy hates Rivers. He spews his nonsense all over the internet haha.

  5. maximumballer

    July 22, 2012 at 4:25 am

    Find a defensive SF like Gilchrist
    need ariza here

  6. Josh

    July 22, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Thanks for the interview. I love Austin’s interviews.

  7. sundance

    July 23, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Brian Butch played well in the Bucks’ last game against Chicago, even got T’d up for pushing someone in the back off the court lol. He’d be a nice addition to the Hornets.

  8. John in MO

    July 23, 2012 at 12:07 pm

  9. bob

    July 24, 2012 at 2:11 am

    Has Brian Roberts been signed yet? That’s why the Hornets are the Hornets
    wouldn’t know a player if he stood right in front of them…
    Roberts is a great shooter and you never have enough shooters.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.