Glenn ‘Doc” Rivers was let go by the LA Clippers after a disappointing season, and blowing a 3-1 lead to the Denver Nuggets in the second round of the NBA playoffs. Once he was let go, the 76ers brass wasted no time, contacted him, had him in town for an interview and he spent the night with ownership watching game 1 of the NBA Finals. And today he has agreed to be the next head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
After a rapid courtship and negotiation, Doc Rivers has reached agreement on a deal to become the next coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 1, 2020
The former Boston Celtics championship coach, brings a 943-681 regular-season record and a 91-89 playoff record for his career, to a younger less experienced Philadelphia team. The seasoned coach will lead the team, with it’s two young stars and Tobias Harris, who excelled under Doc in LA, into a new era of Sixers’ basketball, with the goal of one day raising the Larry O’Brien trophy.
While Rivers did not live up to expectations with the Clippers, he still brings with him a Championship pedigree, winning one in 2008 and making the finals again in 2010. Can Doc be the coach that helps get this team to the top? As of today, Doc, the team, and it’s fans start this new journey with hopes he can make the Sixers two stars work together and help them make the leap they need to make in order to win a championship.
In case you missed it, and for a more in-depth analysis, see my write up on Rivers from when he was a candidate for the then-vacant head coaching position. Read it here.