Rivers ‘agrees’ deal to educate 76ers
Doc Rivers has reached an agreement on a deal to become the next coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, ESPN reported on Thursday.
Rivers interviewed with 76ers general manager Elton Brand on Wednesday afternoon before meeting with the team’s ownership later that night.
He reportedly watched Wednesday night’s Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers with the Sixers’ brass.
It’s been a rapid turnaround for Rivers, who was dismissed as the coach of the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, just 13 days after the Denver Nuggets overcame a 3-1 series deficit to eliminate his team from the NBA playoffs.
Rivers, who turns 59 on October 13, has a 943-681 record in 21 seasons as an NBA coach, with the victories ranking 11th all-time.
He also won the 2008 NBA title with the Boston Celtics and was voted the NBA’s Coach of the Year in 2000.
The Sixers fired coach Brett Brown on August 23 after seven seasons following their first-round playoff sweep by the Boston Celtics. Brown finished his tenure in Philly with a 221-344 record, including 12-14 in the postseason.
Former Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni, 69, and former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue were believed to be under consideration in Philadelphia.
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