While the rosters were considerably thinned of the game’s biggest stars, with
Perhaps feeling some heat after his message was retweeted more than 1,000 times, Rivers backtracked from his comment, tweeting later that "EVERY player there last night was WELL deserved. As a competitor I just feel like I should be out there."
When someone asked Rivers whom he thought he was better than on Team USA, he responded, "Didn't really mean it that way...I worded it wrong...it was just me being competitive and wanting to be out there."
Rivers, who has career averages of 7.0 points, 2.1 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game, also tweeted that he wanted to become the NBA's most improved player next season after a handful of breakthrough performances in the playoffs. He added that he had reached only "like 20%" of his goals as an NBA player.
In a series of question-and-answer tweets, Rivers wrote that he was working on his mid-range game "to make the defender pay for going under at times" as well as his three-point accuracy and upper-body strength. Rivers is known for aggressively attacking the basket, so a more reliable jumper would make him harder to defend.
Rivers, who turned 23 earlier this month, also called Oklahoma City’s