Rumor: Former Laker Is the New Assistant Coach?
I’m hearing that former Laker/Clipper and European legend David Rivers could be one of the new men’s basketball assistant coaches.
There’s a lot out there on him, so I’ll just run through it with bullet points
- Was a lightning quick/crafty 6’0″ “point” guard.
- Played under the legendary Bob Hurley at St. Anthony HS in NJ.
- Played under Digger Phelps for four years at Notre Dame.
- A third team All-American in 86-87 and a second team All-American in 87-88. He was a co-captain of his team as a senior in 87-88. Ranks fourth in school in points (2,058) and second in assists (586).
- Almost died in an auto accident in 1986. Some thought he’d never play again. See the following articles ONE, TWO, THREE
- Drafted by the Lakers 25th overall in the first round in 1988 where he spent one year as a rookie.
- Played in the 1989 NBA Finals with the Lakers against the Pistons, having to play some extra minutes due to a Magic Johnson injury. Played a total of 26 minutes in 3 games as he scored 12 points and had 5 assists.
- Was a teammate of Magic Johnson, James Worthy, A.C. Green and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar under Pat Reilly.
- Had multiple short stints with the Clippers.
- Played two seasons in the CBA and one in the WBL.
- Played 93-95 for Olympique Antibes in France.
- Played for Olympiacos in Greece from 95-97 where he became a legend for the team, winning MVP and leading them to a Euroleague Championship.
- Played for Teamsystem Bologna in Italy for a season in 97-98, and was a teammate of Dominique Wilkins.
- Played two seasons in Turkey from 98-00.
- Finished up his career with Olympiacos in 00-01.
- Has since been working with various pro teams in Europe and running youth basketball camps overseas.