Doc Rivers bounces back at the Sixers, a tall order begins


UPDATE : It didn’t drag on. A few hours after his first announcement, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN relayed the confirmation: Doc Rivers will be the new head coach of the Philadelphia Sixers. He will sign for several seasons without having for the moment the duration of the contract and the salary.

It also seems that Alvin Gentry, freshly sacked by the New Orleans Pelicans, is accompanying him as an assistant. It’s still quite rare to see a coach bounce back so quickly, but it’s a move that fits Doc Rivers’ personality quite well.

The challenge is still great and Elton Brand, the General Manager, seems to consider that the Sixers needed a leader of men more vocal than Brett Brown and who has already won an NBA title as head coach. There is no doubt that Rivers will be respected by his players, but the problem of running a talented but wobbly workforce (because almost exclusively built on size) remains unresolved as long as the roster remains as it is.

The biggest challenge for Doc Rivers will be finding the optimal articulation to get the best out of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, whose association has yet to yield the expected fruits.

09/01: We wondered if Doc Rivers wouldn’t want to take a step back and rest after a grueling 7 years on the bench for the Los Angeles Clippers. Removed from his post “by mutual agreement” a few days ago, Rivers has a good chance of getting back to work soon.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Doc Rivers spent Wednesday chatting with the Sixers front office, especially General Manager Elton Brand. In the process, the former coach of the Boston Celtics stayed with all these little people and spent the evening in front of game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat. Pretty good sign …

Kawhi Leonard and Paul George didn’t save Doc Rivers’ skin

The sources begin to agree on a firm proposal from the Sixers to revive Doc Rivers now and offer him to take care of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and company. The announcement of an agreement could come soon and reassure those who were worried about a potential arrival of Mike D’Antoni, whose playing precepts seem to be at odds with the qualities of the group formerly led by Brett Brown.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the trend for replacing Doc Rivers on the Clippers bench is towards the internal solution. Tyronn Lue is currently the favorite for promotion, having been linked with virtually every vacancy in the league since leaving Cleveland. The Clippers have in any case not yet given the impression of prospecting to find a new coach outside their bases.

Things should move fairly quickly and confirmations will arrive for these two positions, which are almost the most coveted in the entire league.

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