Philadelphia fires coach Doc Rivers after poor playoff results

Doc Rivers. — © AP

The Philadelphia 76ers have fired their coach Doc Rivers, two days after the NBA team was eliminated in the Eastern Conference semifinals by the Boston Celtics. The team from the American state of Pennsylvania announced the news on Tuesday via a press release.

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“Doc is one of the greatest coaches in NBA history, a future member of the Hall of Fame, and someone I have the utmost respect for,” Sixers president Daryl Morey said in the press release. “We are grateful for everything he has done during the three seasons here and we thank him for the great impact on our club.”

The Sixers, with MVP (best player of the season) Joel Embiid and superstar James Harden, lost 4-3 to the Celtics. The decisive and final game Sunday, Philadelphia lost heavily 112-88 in Boston. It is the fifth time in the past six seasons that the Sixers have been eliminated at this stage of the tournament.

Rivers suffered his fourth defeat in the playoffs on Sunday, although his team had a 3-2 lead after five games. Thus, the Sixers again missed the chance to push through. The veteran 61-year-old coach said on Sunday he wanted to stay, as he also had another two years under contract. Rivers was hired on a five-year contract in October 2020, but he is leaving the Sixers’ bench early after 154 wins and 82 losses in the regular season.

Previously, Rivers coached the Orlando Magic, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Boston Celtics, winning the 2008 championship. He is already the third coach to pay for an unsuccessful play-off campaign with a sacking, after Mike Budenholzer and Monty Williams. They were head coaches of the Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns, respectively.

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