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Sixers Talent Made the Philly Job a No-Brainer for Doc Rivers

Because being loaded with talent ever made a difference.

After receiving the boot out of Cali, Doc Rivers was ready to take a break from coaching, but when the Philadelphia 76ers came knocking on the door, Rivers was unable to refuse. The duo of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid was too much to pass up on and after blowing a 3-1 series lead, getting back on the horse may just be the best coping mechanism.

“I love coaching. I absolutely love it,” Rivers said on a video conference call with reporters. “But I was not going to just coach anybody, I can tell you that. I was ready to take a break … it just depended on the team that was available, and if that team in my opinion was ready to win.”

According to Rivers, two other teams were vying for the veteran head coach.

“When [general manager Elton Brand] called, it was an easy ‘Get on the plane and take a look’ for me,” Rivers said. “You look at these players, these young players, and their potential … the fact that they’ve had so much success in so many ways at the ages they are already, and where I think they can go, for me it’s a job you just couldn’t turn down.

“That’s why I’m here. Just really excited about it.”

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