Doc Rivers spent less than half a week without a head coaching job in the NBA. Just days after his firing from the Los Angeles Clippers, Rivers was announced as the new coach of the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday.
Rivers will replace former 76ers coach Brett Brown, another coach whose team failed to meet expectations come playoff time this season.
The Sixers were swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs and the Clippers failed to finish off the Denver Nuggets after taking a 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference Semifinals. Both losses led to the shakeups within the coaching ranks.
Rivers spent seven seasons in Los Angeles and guided the team to a 356-208 record during that time frame. The recent additions of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George were thought to be the acquisitions that finally led the team to the NBA Finals. At the very least, many assumed that they could at least make it to the conference finals to battle it out with the Lakers.
Though the results left some to be desired in Los Angeles throughout his tenure, Rivers is undoubtedly one of the best coaches in the league.
His resumé boasts an NBA Championship in 2008 and a finals appearance in 2010 with the Celtics. In the early 2000s, Rivers guided the Orlando Magic to the playoffs for three consecutive seasons.
Out of all three teams he has coached, Rivers has amassed just three losing seasons.
For his new endeavor, Rivers looks to take a talented 76ers team to the next level in a very competitive Eastern Conference.
To find that success, Rivers and his team must find a way to knock off top contenders such as the Raptors, Heat, Bucks and his former employer...the Boston Celtics.
*Rivers contract is reportedly for five years*