The 2007-2008 season would turn out to be the best season in Rivers’ coaching career. He took Tobias Harris’ game to a level that no other coach before or after him has been able to. I fully support the Sixers taking a bet on Rivers being able to provide value there, even if I don’t think he’s a cure-all. This made Doc Rivers the first NBA coach in history that has coached his own son. Rivers has a healthy understanding of how to cater an offense to star players, as opposed to Brown’s insistence on trying to build an egalitarian system. He’s an excellent person to be the face of the franchise. During his first years with the Celtics, he was criticized by many in the media for his coaching style, most vociferously by Bill Simmons, who in 2006 publicly called for Rivers to be fired in his columns.
Rivers has all the credentials for the job. Doc Rivers is a demanding coach, who expects his players to listen to him. His youngest son, Spencer, is a guard who played for Winter Park High School and for UC Irvine. They need him to foster mental breakthroughs to two incredibly stubborn star players on fixing key weaknesses -- Simmons’ lack of shooting and Embiid’s inability to stay in shape. Rivers is a cousin of former NBA guard Byron Irvin and former MLB outfielder Ken Singleton. And, after defeating the Hawks, Cavaliers, Pistons and the Lakers, they became the 2008 Champions. But perhaps Rivers can get Simmons involved via some of the more perimeter based responsibilities that Griffin used to handle -- handling pick and rolls, scoring in isolation, and making plays on short rolls. Glenn Anton "Doc" Rivers (born October 13, 1961) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is the head coach for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). While his Celtics teams were generally older, he did turn Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley into contributors very early on in their careers. (Photo by Ashley Landis-Pool/Getty Images). The Clippers lost to the Nuggets last night 104-89. Your email address will not be published. Rivers could be described as an explosive, athletic guard and at one point in his career, he even averaged a double-double. Five years after his championship, Rivers was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers for a first round pick, because he didn’t want to be part of a big rebuild.  In his first season as their head coach, Rivers led the Clippers to a franchise-record 57 wins, garnering the 3rd seed in the Western conference. His daughter Callie played volleyball for the University of Florida  and is married to NBA player Seth Curry, while his younger son Austin currently plays for the Houston Rockets.  Rivers represented the United States with the national team in the 1982 FIBA World Championship, in which he led the team to the silver medal, despite missing the last shot in the final, which could have given the title to his team. After spending a year working as a commentator for the NBA on ABC (calling the 2004 Finals with Al Michaels), he was hired by the Boston Celtics as their head coach in 2004. Rivers helped stabilize the Clippers through their incredibly tumultuous period during the Donald Sterling scandal, even wearing multiple hats in terms of his role in the organization. One of the strongest endorsements of Rivers’ system is his ability to develop young players quickly and get the best out of established veterans. Luckily for the Celtics, the general manager, Danny Ainge, decided to keep him on.  His oldest son Jeremiah played basketball at Georgetown University and Indiana University, and has played in the NBA D-League for the Maine Red Claws. As a result of the Celtics' 109–93 victory over the New York Knicks on January 21, 2008, Rivers, as the coach of the team with the best winning percentage in the Eastern Conference, earned the honor to coach the East for the 2008 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans. Falling short in the playoffs, failing to lead a functioning locker room, and blowing leads are three problems the Sixers have already faced quite a bit. , Rivers has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder according to a personality test he took when he was coaching the Celtics. The rollercoaster Sixers coaching search has come to an end. , In the 2019–20 season, Rivers earned his 900th win as a head coach after the Clippers won at home against the Portland Trail Blazers on November 8, 2019. Still, it’s not at all hard to poke holes in his résumé. Glenn Anton "Doc" Rivers (born October 13, 1961) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is the head coach for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Rivers runs a slightly more aggressive defense than Brown, but it’s nothing out of the ordinary. If he proves unable to figure out this team, his legacy will really take a hit. Rivers was a McDonald's All-American for Proviso East High School in the Chicago metropolitan area.
Rivers became the first coach in NBA history with three teams who failed to advance from a best-of-seven series after taking a 3–1 lead. The most obvious player who will benefit from Rivers’ presence is Tobias Harris. Rivers was an NBA All-Star in 1988. Of course, the real question for how Rivers can help Embiid is whether or not he can convince him to get in career-best shape, but more on that later. Get notified about exclusive offers every week! The reason Harris has underwhelmed in Philly is not strictly due to coaching, but Rivers made better use of Harris than Brown did -- he put him in high pick and rolls and created opportunities for him in isolation as opposed to Brown, who limited Harris’ pick and rolls considerably. A lot of people criticized the lack of defense of his team, and by 2006, there were demands that he would be fired and players asked to be traded. Doc Rivers’s legacy is rounding into form… just not in the way he would hope. Part of the fact that Rivers is a great coach relies on the fact that he played in the NBA himself. Harris is at his best when attacking downhill, and more pick and rolls will give him the chance to do that. Then the Boston Celtics coach, Rivers created a role on his staff, and Lue’s coaching education formally began. The Sixers have not announced that Rivers will have any sort of personnel control, but if he has any input, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Sixers go after some of his former players. He’s also taken journeyman NBA veterans and transformed their games. On August 4, 2017, Rivers gave up his post as president of basketball operations. Rivers attended a summer basketball camp wearing a "Dr. J" t-shirt of Philadelphia 76ers player Julius Erving.  He had previously been the only coach in NBA history whose teams had twice failed to advance from a best of seven series after taking a 3–1 lead.  The Celtics needed an NBA record 26 postseason games to win it. , On May 13, 2011, after months of rumors that he would retire, ESPN reported that the Celtics and Rivers agreed upon a 5-year contract extension worth $35 million. The late lob city era Clippers were a mess from a chemistry standpoint.  The Clippers were fined $50,000 due to Rivers' comments in violation of the league's anti-tampering rule. That’s something that can never hurt, especially for a team full of turmoil and overhaul like the Sixers. When Rivers left for the Clippers in 2013, Lue … , Rivers was given his nickname of "Doc" by then-Marquette assistant coach Rick Majerus. He even rewarded his first season with being voted the Coach of the Year. However, he continued to split responsibility for basketball matters with executive vice president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank. And yet, Rivers has been a part of some very dysfunctional teams. That season, the Celtics, went 66-16 in the regular season, which was a 42 game improvement from the year before. How does Doc fit with Embiid and Simmons? During the Magic's free agency spending spree in the summer of 2000, Doc Rivers had the opportunity to assemble a "Big Three" team in the NBA, as the Magic were courting free agent Tim Duncan, who came close to signing with the Magic and teaming up with Grant Hill and Tracy McGrady. Transactions Table. Then the Boston Celtics coach, Rivers created a role on his staff, and Lue’s coaching education formally began. He averaged a double-double for the 1986–87 season with 12.8 points and 10.0 assists per game.
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