Philadelphia 76ers fires head coach Doc Rivers
The Philadelphia 76ers have fired head coach Doc Rivers, following Sunday’s Game 7 loss to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The loss eliminated Philadelphia from the postseason after the team had held a 3-2 series lead.
Rivers coached the 76ers for three seasons. Philadelphia was eliminated in the Eastern Conference semifinals in each of his three seasons overseeing a roster led by league MVP and five-time All-NBA center Joel Embiid. Sunday marked the 76ers’ second Game 7 loss in three seasons under Rivers. They also lost to the Atlanta Hawks in Game 7 in the 2021 Eastern Conference semifinals as the No. 1 seed in the East.
The 61 year old Rivers, has spent 24 seasons as an NBA head coach for the Orlando Magics, Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers and 76ers.
He was named Coach of the Year in 2000 with the Magic. He coached the Celtics to the NBA championship in 2008 and led them to the NBA Finals again in 2010. He last coached a team to the conference finals in 2012 with Boston, which lost there to the eventual champion Miami Heat .
The Clippers failed to reach the Western Conference finals in Rivers’ seven years as head coach of a team that featured Chris Paul Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan for much of his tenure. Rivers fell to 6-10 in Game 7s with Sunday’s loss,
Rivers is the third coach to be fired this postseason following a disappointing playoff run.