Sixers: 3 reasons why Doc Rivers is on the hot seat in 2022-23 season

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There’s a lot of optimism surrounding the Philadelphia 76ers entering this season. Joel Embiid is an MVP award favorite, James Harden looks healthy, Tyrese Maxey looks to take another step in his development, and that’s not mentioning the depth on the team.

Yet, there’s one thing aspect of this season that’s been underscored much of the offseason. This year is very much a make-or-break season for head coach Doc Rivers. There are at least three reasons why Rivers should be on the hot seat this season.

It should be noted the idea for this article was from a conversation had with Uriah Young who is a contributor on The Sixer Sense.

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3 reasons why Rivers is on the hot seat: Relationship with the front office

Let’s not get it twisted, Rivers and the front office led by Daryl Morey have a solid relationship going back to both of their tenures with the Boston Celtics. However, it’s not as simple as that, if it was, then I might not be writing this article.

The biggest reason why the relationship could become problematic is due to the fact that Morey was hired on after Rivers was brought on. The previous relationship has helped Rivers keep his job thus far, but this is year three and Rivers hasn’t had any more postseason success than his predecessor’s in Brett Brown.

If the Sixers fall short for whatever reason in the postseason, Morey has every right to consider hiring his own guy. Whether that be Mike D’Antoni or another coach, Rivers wasn’t Morey’s hire and if he fails again, Morey could replace him with his guy.