After three straight seasons of losing in the second round of the playoffs, the Philadelphia 76ers fired head coach Doc Rivers, the team announced Tuesday.
The 76ers had a 3-2 series lead against Boston and had an opportunity to put the Celtics away in Game 6 in Philadelphia, but they fell short, and ultimately were routed by the Celtics 112-88 in Game 7 on Sunday.
Rivers, 61, was named the 25th head coach in franchise history on October 2, 2020. He coached three seasons for Philadelphia, compiling a 154-82 (.653) regular-season record.
Rivers led the 76ers to a 54-28 regular season record this season, the team’s best since 2000-01.
“Doc is one of the most successful coaches in NBA history, a future Hall of Famer, and someone I respect immensely,” 76ers President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey said via press release. “We’re grateful for all he did in his three seasons here and thank him for the important impact he made on our franchise. After having the chance to reflect upon our season, we decided that certain changes are necessary to further our goals of competing for a championship.”
While he had some success, Rivers could not get past the second round, which caused his predecessor Brett Brown to lose his job.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the team’s search for a new coach is expected to include Mike Budenholzer, Sam Cassell, Mike D’Antoni, Nick Nurse, Frank Vogel, and Monty Williams.
Philly has an MVP in Joel Embiid, but James Harden, who can opt out of his contract, could be on the move, so there is some uncertainty with the 76ers, but you knew things would change in Philly, and it should be interesting to see how much more change will happen in the offseason.