Three current NBA coaches who have been considered possible candidates to become the next head coach of the Lakers are all out of the playoffs.
But in exit interviews, the prospects of one of them venturing out West don’t sound particularly strong.
On Friday, Philadelphia executive Daryl Morey said he expected Doc Rivers to be back next season with the 76ers, putting a cap for the time being on rumors that Rivers could be on his way out. The 60-year-old Rivers sounded defensive in his own post-Game 6 press conference: “I work my butt off to get this team here,” and told reporters he felt secure in his performance in getting Philadelphia (and injured star Joel Embiid) to the second round of the playoffs, falling to the top-seeded Miami Heat.
Rivers, who is among the 10 winningest-head coaches of all time, previously coached in Los Angeles with the Clippers. But his track record (he won the 2008 NBA championship with the Boston Celtics) seems to be why Morey and the 76ers brass wish to keep him.
“We feel very good about where it’s going to take us,” Morey told Philadelphia media on Friday. “It’s going to be where we have a very good chance to win a title.”
Rivers’ endorsement from his current front office is keeping with a theme in recent weeks. Quin Snyder of the Utah Jazz (a former Lakers assistant) has been rumored to be of interest…