December 2, 2023

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NBA: Philadelphia 76ers fireplace coach Doc Rivers after playoff exit towards Boston Celtics

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The Philadelphia 76ers have fired head coach Doc Rivers after their exit from the NBA playoffs by the hands of the Boston Celtics.

The 76ers’ President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey stated the choice got here after a overview of the season.

“Doc is among the most profitable coaches in NBA historical past, a future Corridor of Famer, and somebody I respect immensely. We’re grateful for all he did in his three seasons right here and thank him for the vital influence he made on our franchise. 

“After having the prospect to replicate upon our season, we determined that sure modifications are essential to additional our targets of competing for a championship,” he stated.

Rivers’ departure comes after the 112-88 loss to the Celtics in recreation seven of the Japanese Convention semi-finals on Sunday.

It was the third straight season that Philadelphia had been eradicated a recreation wanting the convention finals and it was their sixth straight season of reaching the post-season however failing to get previous the second spherical. The 76ers have not reached the convention finals since 2001.

Rivers fell to 6-10 in recreation sevens as a coach – essentially the most recreation seven defeats of any NBA coach in historical past and he stays with no game-seven win on the street in his teaching profession.

Hopes had been excessive for a championship this season given the type of Joel Embiid, the league’s Most Beneficial Participant this season.

Embiid praised Rivers after Sunday’s defeat saying: “He’s been an important chief for all of us, an important motivator.”

Rivers joined the 76ers in 2020 after spells with the Los Angeles Clippers, the Celtics and the Orlando Magic.

The coach, who has loved 16 straight profitable seasons, had 154-82 (.653) file in his three seasons in Philadelphia.

Rivers gained the NBA championship with the Celtics in 2008 and led them to the NBA Finals once more in 2010. 

His final appearances in a convention last was in 2012 with Boston, shedding to eventual champions the Miami Warmth.

Rivers turns into the third coach to achieve the post-season this yr after which lose their job.

The Milwaukee Bucks fired head coach Mike Budenholzer after a primary spherical exit to the Warmth whereas the Phoenix Suns dismissed Monty Williams after their second spherical loss to the Denver Nuggets.

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