Saturday night, after his team’s Game 1 loss to the Warriors in the first round, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers endured some ribbing from his soon-to-be family.
Seth Curry — Stephen’s younger brother — is engaged to marry Doc Rivers’ daughter, Callie. If Stephen leads Golden State to a series win over Los Angeles, he’ll have bragging rights at a wedding next year that Rivers plans to fund.
In the wake of Curry’s 38-point, 15-rebound, seven-assist masterpiece in Game 1, Rivers pored over video, trying to figure out a way to quell one of the Clippers’ biggest nemeses. Curry entered Monday averaging 33.8 points in four games against Los Angeles this season. Asked whether the Curry family gave him a tough time for Stephen’s Game 1 gem, Rivers said, “Yeah, they did. They should have. They really should’ve.”
Such teasing speaks to the bond Rivers has built with the Currys. In the late 1980s and early ’90s, Rivers and Stephen’s father, Dell, had plenty of NBA duels. The two connected over golf and, long before Callie and Seth started dating, considered each other friends.
Seth and Austin Rivers, Doc’s son, were teammates at Duke during the 2011-12 season. On Feb. 14, nine months after the birth of their daughter, Carter, Seth asked Callie to marry him while surrounded by family and friends at a Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Charlotte during All-Star Weekend. Before popping the question to Callie, Seth asked Doc for his permission.
Rivers didn’t hesitate to say “yes,” which helped pave the way for one of the country’s most athletic unions. Dell, Doc, Seth, Stephen and Austin have played a combined 71 NBA seasons. Callie was a First-Team All-SEC volleyball player at Florida in 2010 before playing professionally in Puerto Rico.
However, nothing is official yet. Rivers might not be so keen on welcoming the Currys to his family if Stephen continues to dominate his Clippers.
“If he keeps playing the way he’s playing, he won’t be” part of the family, Rivers said with a laugh.