Doc Rivers is not the most beloved coach in Philadelphia sports history. After the Sixers‘ inexcusable second round loss to Atlanta last year, Rivers spent the entire 2021-22 season snapping at reporters and defending his honor. Then, the Sixers fell in the second round again — this time to Miami, with Jimmy Butler kindly rubbing salt in the wound for good measure.
Philadelphia’s ultimate downfall is not 100 percent on Doc Rivers. Joel Embiid was far from healthy and he was dealt an incomplete roster. His bench was by far the worst of any contender’s bench, and the Sixers’ stars just did not show enough fight with the going got tough.
That said, there is now a growing history of Doc Rivers teams underperforming on the biggest stage. More importantly, there’s a growing history of Doc Rivers teams lacking mental toughness and collapsing on the biggest stage. Everyone on the Sixers has to look inward — from Daryl Morey and Elton Brand in the front office, down to Rivers, and down through Joel and the leaders in the locker room. But, when push comes to shove, Rivers does stand out as particularly culpable in Philly’s recent shortcomings.
What is Doc Rivers’ future with the Sixers?
Despite recent rumors of Philly management meeting with Doc Rivers to discuss the future, it would appear the 60-year-old coach’s job is indeed safe. According to Kyle Neubeck of PhillyVoice, the Sixers “see Rivers as…