‘Ridiculous’ Clipped Casting Slammed by Doc Rivers’ Son Austin: ‘This Is Really Bad… It Looks Nothing Like Him’

The casting on Hulu’s L.A. Clippers docudrama Clipped is getting harsh reviews… from someone who lived through it.

ESPN basketball analyst Austin Rivers — the son of coach Doc Rivers, played by Laurence Fishburne on Clipped — took time on a recent episode of his Off Guard podcast to rip into the Hulu series for its questionable casting choices. In a clip posted on Instagram, Rivers mocked the casting of NBA great Stephen Curry: “That is Stephen Santiago. That’s, like, the third baseman for the Padres. Who the hell is that guy?”

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He also took issue with actor Austin Scott’s resemblance to Clippers star Blake Griffin (“This is really bad. The guy’s hairline’s receding already, and he looks just nothing like Blake”) along with actor J. Alphonse Nicholson’s resemblance to point guard Chris Paul: “That is my local A/C man, Frederick. Who is this? Who the hell is that?” He didn’t mince words when it came to Sheldon Bailey playing Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, either: “There’s no effort in this. That looks nothing like DJ.”

As for his own dad, Austin was careful to say first that “Laurence Fishburne is a legend, and he’s a great actor.” But he did point out a key difference between Fishburne’s physique and Doc Rivers’: “The body of my father is just a little bit different. I’m not saying he’s 100% in shape, but he’s built a little different than Laurence Fishburne. We could’ve done a little AI or something there.”

Clipped — airing Tuesdays on Hulu after premiering earlier this month — follows the scandal that engulfed the NBA’s L.A. Clippers after racist comments by team owner Donald Sterling were leaked to the media. Ed O’Neill stars as Sterling, with Cleopatra Coleman as his assistant V. Stiviano and Fishburne as Clippers coach Doc Rivers. Austin Rivers played for his father as a member of the Clippers beginning in 2015 and is portrayed later in the series.

What do you think of the casting on Clipped? Hit the comments to let us know if you agree with Austin’s assessment.

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