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Austin Rivers retreats from saying he's 'straight up better' than Olympic hopefuls

Austin Rivers retreats from saying he's 'straight up better' than Olympic hopefuls

Austin Rivers is one confident guy. The Clippers guard who would be generously considered an average NBA player for much of his first three professional seasons tweeted Friday that he was “straight up better than a lot of these dudes playing last night” in the USA Basketball Showcase at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. While the rosters were considerably thinned of the game’s biggest stars, with LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry among the 20 players who opted not to participate, there were still five or six potential Olympians who did play, including Blake Griffin, Rivers’ teammate with the Clippers. Perhaps feeling some heat after his...

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