Doc Rivers has an esteemed coaching CV – one of the best in the NBA, so when it was announced the LA Clippers no longer required his services next season, the rush to get in Rivers’ ear from potential landing spots was rapid.
The team that won the race for him, the Philadelphia 76ers, have landed a veteran coach with championship experience, and one of the winningest records in league history. It is a safe and stable move from the Sixers, who had a tumultuous 2019/20 season, that ultimately ended with a first round sweep at the hands of the Boston Celtics.
Despite this, they have a talent laden roster with significant upside under the right hand. Rivers says that was the main reason he signed so quickly with the team on a reported five year contract.
“I love coaching. I absolutely love it,” Rivers said.
“But I was not going to just coach anybody, I can tell you that. I was ready to take a break. It just depended on the team that was available, and if that team in my opinion was ready to win.”
Rivers stated that three teams all got in touch with his agent within a day of the news of his release from the Clippers, but that the Sixers were comfortably his preference – and that the talent on their books was irresistible.