Austin Rivers isn't the only well-known NBA son to steal the spotlight from his dad during these playoffs.
As has become the custom, players across the league are giving their kids media exposure by bringing them to postgame press conferences. Blake Griffin introduced his son, Ford, to reporters while Chris Paul has made his son, Chris Jr., a constant press conference presence.
On Sunday Derrick Rose's little boy, P.J., stole the show. After the Bulls' heartbreaking loss to the Cavaliers in Game 4, the Bulls' star had his 2-year-old accompany him when he met with reporters.
There's little Jon Lester. pic.twitter.com/5USAd9Zoeq
— jon greenberg (@jon_greenberg) May 10, 2015
Immediately there were questions about P.J.'s outfit. The little guy wore a Jon Lester Cubs jersey, although his dad is a noted Chicago White Sox fan.
Rose had an answer for this:
Derrick's son PJ wearing a Jon Lester Cubs jersey. Big Lester fan? Derrick said his mom picked it out.
— Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) May 10, 2015
P.J.'s mother wrote on Instagram that the outfit choice had more to do with fashion than fandom, saying the Cubs jersey matched his shoes.
While his dad took questions about the game, which the Cavaliers won on a LeBron James buzzer-beater, and the series, which is tied 2-2, P.J. seemed to enjoy the podium.
GIF: Derrick Rose's son has already mastered that Birdman hand rub pic.twitter.com/IfpkAsCmoz
— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) May 10, 2015
One of P.J.'s faces in particular made for good meme fodder:
When they ask your Dad if Chicago can possibly win in Cleveland.... pic.twitter.com/VdD49eq5GB
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) May 10, 2015
— Mashable (@mashable) May 11, 2015
— Megan Hess (@mhess4) May 11, 2015
— Tony Nika (@AntRob116) May 10, 2015
The resemblance is easy to see. At one point P.J. perfectly mimicked his dad's stoic look following his own Game 3 buzzer-beating shot:
Derrick Rose and his son got the same straight face pic.twitter.com/xkwOHurfuk
— Bulls in 6 (@patgettinit) May 10, 2015
The elder Rose and the Bulls return to the court on Tuesday for a crucial Game 5 matchup in Cleveland.