Doc Rivers has reached an agreement with the Philadelphia 76ers to become the new head coach.
The 76ers reached an agreement on Thursday with the recently ex head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, who were eliminated by the Denver Nuggets in the second round of the playoffs. Doc was fired 2 weeks after the Clippers blew their 3-1 lead over the Nuggets in the second round of the western conference playoffs.
In the end, not being able to close out the Denver Nuggets after a commanding 3-1 series lead had a big impact on Doc’s future with the Clippers. He spent 7 years in LA and had 6 playoff appearances. In those 6 playoff appearances he was not able to lead his team to a single Conference Finals.
Although his playoff record with the Clippers hasn’t been stellar, he is still regarded as one of the top head coaches in the NBA. He won the NBA title as the head coach of the Boston Celtics in 2008.
Now in Philadelphia, Rivers will have the opportunity to work with the 2 young superstars in Joel Embid and Ben Simmons to try and get the best out of them. In the past they have struggled to make it out of the East let alone make it to the Conference Finals. For the past few years, many people have been predicting that the 76ers would be one of the top teams in the East and some even had them making the Finals. Although they keep falling short, they do have the talent but maybe a change in coaching will be what the team needs to get over the hump.