Doc Rivers to meet with 76ers
The 76ers head coaching search is heating up. Yesterday, Clippers Assistant Ty Lue was in Philadelphia for an interview for the vacancy. On Monday, the Los Angeles Clippers let go of Doc Rivers after a disappointing second round exit to the Denver Nuggets.
Rivers was in Philadelphia today and is suspected to interview for the Sixers’ head coaching job. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Sixers are down to D’Antoni and Rivers as their last two candidates. Rivers has some ties to current 76ers. He helped put Tobias Harris into positions to succeed before he was shipped to Philadelphia and same for Mike Scott. Rivers was the head coach of the Orlando Magic from 1999-2003, the Boston Celtics from 2004-2013, and the LA Clippers from 2013-2020.
Rivers has hardware also, winning the 2008 NBA Finals with the Boston Celtics led by Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, and Ray Allen. He has also coached several players like Chris Paul and Tracy McGrady to just name a few.
While Rivers has had some disappointments in early playoff exits and numerous blown leads, he is able to control a locker room and has several years of experience. He has spoken highly of Embiid and Simmons in the past and could help elevate Harris’ game and maybe recruit players to come to Philadelphia.
If the Sixers want to work with their current stars and not have many moves, Rivers is your guy. D’Antoni would likely bring heavy change to the roster and possibly move Joel Embiid or Ben Simmons.
It is currently unknown if Rivers will interview for any other coaching positions, but it seems things are ramping up in Philadelphia.
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