Sixers Believed to be Close to Naming Doc Rivers New Head Coach
Shortly after being fired by the Los Angeles Clippers, Doc Rivers was getting wined and dined by the Philadelphia 76ers on the other side of the country.
According to reports, Rivers had a virtual interview with general manager Elton Brand before flying down to meet with ownership on Wednesday night. The report also suggested that Rivers was invited to watch the first game of the NBA Finals with the Sixers brass and that a contract offer was to come shortly after.
Rivers, who led the Boston Celtics to an NBA championship back in 2008, is highly recognized as one of the game’s best coaches.
Source: Doc Rivers is currently with the Sixers brass and will watch Game 1 of the NBA Finals with them. A job offer is expected to follow soon.
— Jason Dumas (@JDumasReports) October 1, 2020
“I’ve heard he’s having a lot of conversations with the Philadelphia 76ers,” said ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins, who played under Rivers in Boston the year the Celtics won their first championship in the coloured TV era. “Right now, that’s where he’s getting the most interest, and I think … he would be a great fit with them.”
Other top candidates for the Sixers head coaching vacancy include Mike D’Antoni and Ty Lue. Both men have also met with the team, but it is believed that Rivers is now squarely the leading candidate to land the job.
The New Orleans Pelicans are another team interested in Rivers’ services.