Austin Rivers Says He Had Never Thrown Baseball Before Dodgers Game ‘First Pitch’

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Austin Rivers no doubt grew up in a basketball household — the Clippers point guard’s father is NBA lifer and Clippers coach Doc Rivers.

But the extent of Austin Rivers’ focus on basketball to the exclusion of other sports came into focus as never before at Monday night’s Dodgers game, when he told a reporter that he had never thrown a baseball before. He also told the reporter it was his first baseball game.

The unusual admission carried extra weight since Rivers was about to throw the ceremonial first pitch in front of thousands of fans at the Dodgers vs. Giants game.

“Low-key nervous,” Rivers said in a pre-pitch Instagram post.

But being a naturally gifted athlete has its benefits, and Rivers delivered the ball confidently over the plate.

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