Doc Rivers Supplanting Mike D’Antoni As Sixers’ Favorite?

The growing belief in NBA circles is that Doc Rivers has supplanted Mike D’Antoni as the frontrunner for the Sixers‘ open head coaching job, reports Marc Stein of The New York Times (Twitter link).

Rivers met with 76ers co-owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer in Philadelphia on Wednesday evening after having talked to general manager Elton Brand in a virtual session earlier in the day, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Brand also participated in Wednesday night’s meeting.

While the Sixers’ coaching search was previously believed to be down to Mike D’Antoni and Tyronn Lue – with D’Antoni considered the favorite – Rivers’ availability has shaken up the process. Philadelphia is now focusing on Rivers and D’Antoni, with a decision expected at some point this week, a source tells Wojnarowski.

Rivers is no stranger to overseeing star-studded rosters, having coached Tracy McGrady and Grant Hill in Orlando; Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen in Boston; and Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Kawhi Leonard, and Paul George with the Clippers. If he earns the Sixers’ head coaching job, he’d be tasked with figuring out how best to unlock the potential of the Ben Simmons/Joel Embiid duo and maximize the roster around them.

If the Sixers choose Rivers, D’Antoni and Lue would have other options as they continue to seek head coaching jobs. D’Antoni has been linked to the vacancies in New Orleans and Indiana, while Lue has reportedly drawn interest from the Pelicans, Rockets, and Clippers.

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20 thoughts on “Doc Rivers Supplanting Mike D’Antoni As Sixers’ Favorite?

  1. Sillivan

    Rivers is clearly better than D’antoni in playoffs success
    The problem is that they will lose future picks if they make good trade for Horford

    • Rivers has done nothing, absolutely nothing to prove that. He was given an all-century team in Boston and won only one ring, then was given an allstar team in Los Angeles for three or four years and couldn’t get out of the second round. Chris Paul did more with a limited Oklahoma City team this year than he did in his entire career with the Clippers.

  2. Black Ace57

    Rivers would be good, but as long as the ownership and front office remain a mess it doesn’t matter. Over the time from Hinkie to Brand ownership has become more and more meddlesome in decision making. The whole problem is that since Brand has been GM there has been no top guy making final decisions. It’s been Brand, ownership, and the Colangelo hires doing it “collaboratively” meaning no one has accountability for bad decisions.

    The ownership claimed this offseason Brand would be in charge then immediately contradicted that by meddling in the coaching search. Unless they can figure out how to get out of the roster mess the coach doesn’t matter. Nothing they have done should make you confident things will change.

    • Thank you Captain Obvious. Who do they hire? Or do you just point out the problems and walk away without a solution?

    • Lefty_Orioles_Fan

      He is the best candidate out of all of them
      Plus, he is light years better than Brett ‘The Clown’ Brown and can make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs” All Brown could do is pull over ask for directions every five minutes and wrap the map around his head.

      • Doc Rivers won’t improve things in Philadelphia. He’ll maintain status quo. He’ll get you to the second round as long as he has a decent roster. He will not get you over the hump.

        I’d rather hire Mike D’Antoni for this team than Doc Rivers. Get creative on offense because I think they already have the defense and skill. They were three bounces on the rim away from making it to the promised land last time they were in it.

        • I give no fox

          The idea of Mike D’Antoni makes me cringe. This team has no shooters and embiid should not be playing facing the basket. The last time they were in it they were bounced in the first round. The rim bounce team can’t be replicated because Jimmy buckets left for Miami. While D’Antoni is intriguing offensively, I don’t see how his style works with this team. History has not been kind to D’Antoni teams that don’t fit his style. I would rank Lue over D’Antoni.

          • x%sure

            So to summarize this thread… The rim bounce team can’t be replicated because Captain Obvious wrapped the promised land map around Clown Brown’s head. Next time avoid retreads for the Kessel run.

  3. PutoBelga12

    Any candidate not named Mike D’Antoni is a better candidate than Mike D’Antoni. Except maybe for Jim Boylen.

    • Sillivan

      D’Antoni is the worst playoffs coach with MVPs or superstars but he is good in regular season

    • I hear you Puto, and I guess you’re right, but I feel the exact same way about Doc Rivers. Anybody else please.. except maybe Jim boylen LOL.

  4. Sillivan

    D’Antoni same 4 years playoffs with Suns
    Regular season 232-96
    Playoffs 26-25

    The difference is the scariest ever in nba history

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