Georges Niang goes on JJ Redick’s Podcast, exposes Doc Rivers for not making 76ers practice
Georges Niang was put into the league’s health and safety protocols earlier this week, forcing him to miss the 76ers last two games against the shorthanded Heat and Nets. With much more free time on his hands waiting to rejoin the team, Niang came onto former Sixers player JJ Redick’s podcast to talk a multitude of NBA related topics.
During the episode Georges Niang let a little information slip regarding Doc Rivers’ coaching style during the week that pissed me off even more regarding the 76ers head coach.
Mid-way through the podcast, Georges Niang detailed how the 76ers really don’t practice much during the week away from games. The exact term Niang uses is “loosely” referring to practices and shoot-arounds with the team.
What really is the nail in the coffin for me is JJ Redick, who played under Doc Rivers in Los Angeles for many years, backs up the idea that it isn’t a 76ers thing, but a Doc Rivers style choice.
Listen to the full clip from JJ Redick’s Podcast Below:
For a team that just lost its second game to a very shorthanded team due to COVID, it is really frustrating to hear Georges Niang’s comments about the nature of 76ers practices. The Sixers are struggling right now with a lot of issues that can be fixed, and to be honest don’t occur with a good head coach. To hear Doc Rivers is letting practices and shoot arounds be easy-going is making me irate.
Doc Rivers is already on the hot seat with me for a multitude of reasons. From thinking running Tyrese Maxey at the dunker spot like he’s Ben Simmons to even CONSIDERING a lineup with bot Joel Embiid and Andre Drummond on the court together, these last comments on practice are the last straw.
I see no true advantage to having him here and consider him the number one biggest issue with this team. He fails to make any sort of in-game adjustments, puts out questionable bench rotations (especially in playoff games), and has gone from a “players coach” to “one of the players that’s a coach” with the practice atmosphere Georges Niang describes.
I will be truly upset if come next summer the 76ers aren’t searching for a new head coach. There are much better options out there. Ty Lue was the right hire after Brett Brown, and the Sixers messed that opportunity up. Hell, with the current state of the 76ers, I’d rather have Brett Brown here. That’s how bad it has gotten with Doc Rivers for me.
Mandatory Credit: JJ Redick Podcast, Matt Slocum.