Philadelphia 76ers to hire Doc Rivers as head coach

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The Philadelphia 76ers are expected to hire Doc Rivers as their next head coach, according to an ESPN report.

It has been over a month since the Sixers fired Brett Brown on August 24th after seven seasons with the team.

Rivers, 58, was fired by the Los Angeles Clippers following team's semi-finals loss to the Denver Nuggets.

Rivers spent the last seven seasons with the Clippers, leading them to the conference semi-finals three times, but never to the conference Finals.

Before coaching the Clippers, Rivers spent five seasons as a head coach with the Magic and nine seasons as the head coach of the Celtics, winning an NBA Title with Boston in 2008.

Rivers reportedly met with the Sixers brass on Wednesday night and watched Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Heat and Lakers with them.

The Sixers were reportedly set to choose between Billy Donovan, Tyronn Lue, and Mike D'Antoni before Rivers became available. Donovan was hired by the Chicago Bulls and Lue, a Clippers assistant coach, is a likely candidate to take over for Rivers in Los Angeles.

Back in February, Rivers spoke highly of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, comparing them to Magic Johnson and Hakeem Olajuwon.

Rivers also coached Tobias Harris with the Clippers from 2017-2019. Harris, before being traded to the Sixers, was averaging a career-high 20.9 points per game on 43.4 3P% in 2018-19 with the Clippers. Rivers, when asked about Harris after the trade to Philly, echoed what is usually said about Tobi and spoke highly of his character.

"Just a good guy," Rivers said of Harris in March of 2020 via SI.com. "Forget the basketball player. Obviously he's a terrific player, but just a really good guy to have on your team and in your organization. High character."

The Sixers will now gear up for the 2020-21 season with Elton Brand as the general manager and Doc Rivers as the head coach, with plenty of decisions to be made. Ultimately, Philadelphia will be looking for Embiid and Simmons to take another leap.

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