Tommy Heinsohn will be remembered for a lot of things, including how he felt about NBA officials. Heinsohn died Tuesday at the age of 86. The Boston Celtics legend spent 60-plus years with the organization as a player, coach and broadcaster. Many former and current players remembered the Hall of Famer, along with coaches and […]Doc Rivers Reveals Refs Asked For Tommy Heinsohn To ‘Lighten Up’ On Heckling — NESN.com
One week after the news broke that Doc Rivers had agreed to relinquish his role following seven seasons as head coach of the Clippers, he was across the country, wearing a new team’s logo on his lapel and answering reporters’ questions during a virtual introductory news conference as the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers.…Doc Rivers introduced as the Philadelphia 76ers new coach — Press Telegram
PHILADELPHIA — Doc Rivers takes over a team tasked not with leading a Process-type rebuild or massaging the egos of two talented — yet frustrating — All-Stars. He’s in Philadelphia to bring accountability to an oft-apathetic roster — and win big. Rivers brings his NBA championship credibility to the 76ers to resuscitate a franchise that…Doc is in: 76ers expect Rivers to lead them to NBA title — Boston Herald
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr is “excited” Doc Rivers is back in the NBA after being hired as the Philadelphia Sixers head coach.Steve Kerr reacts to Philadelphia 76ers hiring Doc Rivers as next head coach — Warriors Wire
After falling to the Denver Nuggets with a 3-1 series lead in the second round of the NBA Playoffs, the Los Angeles Clippers decided to move on from Doc Rivers as their head coach. However, it didn’t take the former Coach of the Year to find a new home.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to make Rivers their next head coach. The 76ers fired Brett Brown after getting swept in the first round of the Orlando Bubble playoffs by the Boston Celtics.
Following the news of Rivers joining the Sixers, Steve Kerr was asked about his former Pacific Division rival at Golden State’s offseason minicamp. In a post-scrimmage interview with Bay Area media, Kerr said he was “excited” Rivers is back in the league.
Kerr via Warriors SoundCloud:
I’m excited for Doc and for the Sixers. He’s a great coach, as I mentioned the other day, he’s great for the league. So I’m happy that he’s quickly back in the NBA. He’s important for the league and for the rest of the coaches.
During his tenure as head coach of the Clippers, Rivers squared off against the Warriors 27 times, totaling a record of 8-19. Rivers and the Clippers appeared opposite of Golden State twice in the postseason, each winning a series. In the 2014 opening round, Rivers and the Clippers advanced past the Warriors seven games. Before taking a trip to the NBA Finals in 2019, the Warriors eliminated the Clippers from the first round of the Western Conference postseason in six games.
Instead of matchup up with Rivers on the Clippers sidelines four times a year in the Pacific Division, Kerr will now only meet the championship-winning coach twice a season in the Eastern Conference.
The Philadelphia 76ers have reached an agreement with Doc Rivers to become their coach.76ers set to hire Rivers as new coach, reports say — NewsNation Now
Dan Gelston/APPosted: OCT 1, 2020 / 05:29 PM CDT | Updated: OCT 1, 2020 / 05:29 PM CDT
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers have reached an agreement with Doc Rivers to become their coach.
Rivers reached a deal Thursday to become the latest coach to try and lead the Sixers to their first NBA championship since 1983, a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on Thursday on condition of anonymity because the Sixers had not formally announced the move.
Rivers takes over for Brett Brown, who was fired after the 76ers were swept in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Rivers was fired about two weeks after the Los Angeles Clippers wasted a 3-1 series lead and lost to the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference semifinals.
Rivers spent seven seasons with the Clippers, making the playoffs in six of them — a major success for a once-woebegone franchise. This season’s team, with the additions of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, was expected to compete for a championship.
But losing three closeout opportunities to the Nuggets cost the Clippers a chance to play the Los Angeles Lakers in the West finals, and likely played a role in Rivers not remaining as coach.
Rivers also coached the Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics, winning the NBA title with the Celtics in 2008.
The 76ers were 43-30 this season and had woefully underachieved in a year when they were expected to be serious contenders in the Eastern Conference.
Brown was tasked with leading the Sixers through a rebuild dubbed “The Process,” where management stripped the roster of serious NBA talent to lose games and increase their odds at better draft picks. Brown won only 47 games in his first three seasons, including a 10-72 record in 2015-16.
The philosophy paid off when Philly drafted Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, who both became All-Stars and lead the Sixers to two straight trips to the Eastern Conference semifinals.
But Simmons missed the postseason with a knee injury and neither Embiid nor the players brought in in recent years could provide enough scoring in clutch situations against Boston.
The Sixers believed they were ready to contend for their first championship in 37 years and Brand spent $180 million to re-sign Tobias Harris and nearly $100 million to sign free agent Al Horford away from Boston.
Instead, the Sixers had only snippets of consistent success and Brown paid the price. The longtime San Antonio Spurs assistant was let go on a contract that runs through the 2021-2022 season.
General manager Elton Brand said after he fired Brown he would evaluate the front office and consider more changes but doesn’t plan to trade either of his two top stars.
“I’m not looking to trade Ben or Joel,” Brand said days after the season ended. “I’m looking to complement them better. They are 24 and 26 years old, respectively. You try to make that fit as long as you can. They want to be here, they want to be with our organization and I see them here for a long, long time.”
Brand has not made any changes to the front office while he settled on a coach. Tyronn Lue, who coached LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to an NBA championship, and Mike D’Antoni, fired by the Houston Rockets, also were in contention for Rivers’ job.
Rivers went 356-208 over seven seasons with the Clippers, taking them to the West second round three times. Rivers, who played 13 seasons in the NBA, hiring means the league remains at four Black coaches currently with jobs. He is 1,624-943 in nearly 21 seasons as an NBA coach. He was the 1999-00 NBA Coach of the Year.
Rivers visited with Brand and Sixers ownership Wednesday and the organization wasted little time striking to make a deal with the 58-year-old coach.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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The Morning Wrap shares the day’s top five stories from our reporters at the Southern California Newspaper Group. … Sign up to have our top sports stories delivered to your inbox with our daily newsletters 1. DOC RIVERS OUT AS HEAD COACH OF THE CLIPPERS Doc Rivers is out as Clippers coach Is a coaching…Morning Wrap: Doc Rivers out, what’s next for Clippers? Lakers, Dodgers share stage Wednesday — Daily News
There is nothing America loves more than watching Goliath fall. There is something arousing about a behemoth cracking under its own weight, being embarrassed and humbled in the process. There is a reason we won’t stop until our long-beloved dancing talk show host is buried alive under a slew of workplace misconduct allegations and large […]Clippers Role Players Reportedly Thought They Were Just As Good As Paul George And Resented Doc Rivers Giving Him Star Treatment — BroBible
The Clippers are the latest Sure Thing to doo doo their pants, and sports media is salivating to perform a colonoscopy.
- Kendrick Perkins called the Clippers the “biggest front-runners in NBA history” in a non-sensical rant.
- Reports surfaced that Paul George reportedly blamed Montrezl Harrell for one of his turnovers, and the two had it out on the bench.
- Clippers players reportedly rolled their eyes at Paul George for his ra-ra locker room speech urging his teammates to come back and contend.
And now this, from Chris Broussard so take a grain of salt and cut it in half.
“I’ve been told some of the Clippers role players actually think they’re as good as Paul George. They’re having problems w/ the special treatment he’s gotten from Doc Rivers. They can handle Kawhi getting special treatment bc for the most part he delivered.” — @Chris_Broussard pic.twitter.com/bGY7d3B8D4
— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) September 22, 2020
Doc Rivers said that “there’s no secret” as to why the Los Angeles Clippers continue to blow big leads against the Denver Nuggets, saying it comes down to defensive intensity and free throws. “There’s no secret like potion that something happened. The two things that we didn’t do, clearly defensively, they shot almost 60% in […]Doc Rivers Says ‘There’s Nothing Secret Or Magical’ About Winning Game 7s — Portal4News
Montrezl Harrell is hurting. The Clippers forward has shared some of those feelings publicly the past the few days on Instagram, including Saturday, when he posted a tribute to his grandmother, whom he’d left the team and the bubble to be with before she died. “I LOVE U GRANDMA,” wrote Harrell, the 27-year-old from North…Montrezl Harrell will return to Clippers ‘when he’s ready,’ Doc Rivers says — Press Telegram
It was a sad day in the United States on Saturday following the death of congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis late Friday night. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers took the news particularly hard, recognizing the late Georgia politician before Los Angeles’ practice Saturday. “Really sad day for our country,” an emotional Rivers said,…Doc Rivers Reveals Powerful Interaction With John Lewis Amid NBA Career — NESN.com
It was a sad day in the United States on Saturday following the death of congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis late Friday night.
Clippers head coach Doc Rivers took the news particularly hard, recognizing the late Georgia politician before Los Angeles’ practice Saturday.
“Really sad day for our country,” an emotional Rivers said, via the team. “What’s amazing is when you think of right now, some of the stuff that John Lewis was fighting for, we’re still fighting for. Voter suppression right now is at an all-time high.
“It’s amazing how hard we have a group of people who are trying to get people not to vote. Latinos, Blacks and young people are the targets. That’s what they are trying to get not to vote. It’s amazing when you think about how long ago that was and yet we are still fighting that fight.”
Much of what Lewis fought for has resonated with Rivers throughout his life. The 58-year-old recalled a time he crossed paths with Lewis early in his NBA career, a moment he says he’ll never forget.
“I’ll tell you a quick story,” Rivers said. “I was young, I was playing for the (Atlanta) Hawks, and I got to know Andy Young really well, and Andrew was running for governor, and I went on a campaign trip with John Lewis and Andy Young. Just think about that, I was a — I don’t know, 26 maybe, 27. I don’t know how old I was. And we flew to Albany, Georgia, of all places, and Andrew Young gave a speech at an all-white church, and he was fantastic. It was an absolutely amazing speech. The crowd was going crazy.
“We get on the plane, and we’re talking, and Andrew Young turns to me and said — he used to call me Young Doc. He says, ‘Young Doc, what did you think about the speech?’ and I jokingly said, ‘Well, Mr. Young, I thought the speech was great, but I don’t think you’re getting one vote from that church.’ And everybody started laughing. John Lewis piped in and says, ‘Well, we’re not trying to get all of them, we’re just trying to get one at a time, and eventually it will be all of them.’ I thought that was just one powerful statement.”
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) July 18, 2020
Lewis, 80, died after a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
NBA players are doing more than just taking to social media.LeBron James, Doc Rivers, others around NBA react to, participate in protests — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports
Doc Rivers says LeBron James ‘may have been the greatest football player ever’ How many times have you heard the question asked, “What if LeBron James had chosen football over basketball?” Even at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, where James was one of the top football recruits in the state of Ohio, it was clear […]Doc Rivers says LeBron James ‘may have been the greatest football player ever’ — My worldwide
Even at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, where James was one of the top football recruits in the state of Ohio, it was clear his future was on the hardcourt. His run of dominance in the NBA has been so profound since 2003, however, that even today, at 35 years old, James has people thinking about what might have been.
So it is for Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who interviewed with Austin Rivers on Wednesday and said that James “may have been the greatest football player ever” had he chosen that route.
“Michael (Jordan) was a super athlete, so was Kobe (Bryant), so was Kawhi (Leonard),” Rivers said. “I don’t know that there’s ever been an athlete like LeBron James in our league. I really believe if LeBron James had have played football, he may have been the greatest football player ever, at whatever position.”
Austin Rivers & Doc Rivers agree on LeBron James being the greatest athlete of all-time
“I really believe if LeBron James had to play football, he may have been the greatest football player ever.”
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) May 13, 2020
Per this news clip James shared to his Instagram page, he caught 60 passes for 1,200 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior (The New York Times reports that he actually caught 61 passes for 1,245 yards and 16 touchdowns; an improvement from his 42-catch, 820-yard, seven-touchdown season as a a sophomore).
With James standing at a listed 6-8, 232 pounds, it’s easy to see how he would have been one of the most coveted high school recruits in the nation, regardless of position. It stands to reason that James — an Akron, Ohio native — probably would have gone to powerhouse Ohio State had he chosen football as his career choice. James’ football career ended the summer before his senior year after he broke his wrist in an AAU game.