The Philadelphia 76ers introduced Doc Rivers on Monday. Here’s what we learned.
On Monday afternoon, the Philadelphia 76ers held a press conference to introduce Doc Rivers as the franchise’s 25th head coach. Seated next to GM Elton Brand, Rivers detailed his excitement for the future and what he hopes to accomplish in the City of Brotherly Love.
Rivers’ career record of 943-681 makes him the 11th winningest coach in NBA history. He won a championship with the Celtics in 2008, and helped put the Clippers on the map in his seven seasons with LA. The Sixers could not have hired a more accomplished individual.
While Rivers is not without flaws, it is reasonable to proceed with some level of excitement. He is not only a good coach, but also a good person. He has been a leading voice in the fight for social justice, and he should resonate with fans and players alike.
In his introductory press conference, Rivers touched on a wide range of topics, from the potential of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, to the role he envisions for Tobias Harris, to the culture in the locker room and around the organization.
Here are five important takeaways from his time at the virtual podium.