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Austin Rivers opens up about facing the Warriors "I'm tired of that f**king team."

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It's known that part of human nature is taking pleasure in seeing the mighty fall - it's called schadenfreude. The Golden State Warriors were on the receiving end of it for the past few years. A lot of people were looking forward to their fall and the opportunity to take revenge after so many embarrassing losses.

After a two-year playoff hiatus, the Dubs are the best team in the NBA and are looking ripe for another title run in 2022, thanks to the brilliance of former MVP Stephen Curry. While Warriors fans are glad, I'm sure many of Curry's peers were hoping to get their shot at a title and are displeased by Golden State's recent resurgence. One player who is not particularly happy about the Warriors' performance is Austin Rivers, a competitive young guard who had his fair share of battles with Curry and the rest of the crew in Golden State.

"I hate to see it. I don't like it one bit. I'm tired of that f**king team… they got a good mix of young talent, good vets…" - Austin Rivers

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Rivers spent some time with the Houston Rockets backing up Chris Paul during those years they were facing the Warriors in the playoffs, so the bitterness from Rivers is warranted. Austin is so competitive that he got into a taunting match with his dad, Doc Rivers, when Doc was still coaching the Los Angeles Clippers. In a league where guys all seem to be buddies from their AAU days, Rivers is a breath of fresh air that keeps competition and friendship separate. 

How do we know that? Well, he isn't afraid to take jabs at other players or teams as he is doing with the Warriors in this instance. However, Rivers is also very respectful and supportive of other peers doing incredible things for the game. Last week, he went on IG live and talked about LeBron James' longevity. This achievement is often used to discredit LeBron's accolades over a nineteen-year career. In his most recent rant, Rivers called out Warriors fans for not supporting Andrew Wiggins and only being by his side now that Wiggins has been key to the Warriors' impressive season.

We need more guys like Austin to help bring back the animosity that made the NBA so entertaining in the 1990s, so to the next generation; it's time to step it up.

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