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76ers Fire Doc Rivers

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The Philadelphia 76ers have fired head coach Doc Rivers in the least surprising move of all-time. What’s next for Philly? (Harry How/Getty Images)

76ers Fire Doc Rivers

The moment the 76ers got blown out by the Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, we knew it was probably the final game that Doc Rivers was going to coach this Philadelphia side. The news is now official just two days after that Game 7 loss. Doc is out as head coach.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN was the first to report the news:

With Doc Rivers no longer at the helm, the Philadelphia 76ers face a critical juncture in their quest for an NBA title. The lack of postseason success was the nail in the coffin for Doc. In terms of in-game adjustments, we saw it during the Celtics series. Once Boston went to the double big lineup with Timelord and Al Horford, Philadelphia never had a counter.

Could Monty Williams become a candidate for the job? After the Suns fired Williams, it could be the way the 76ers go when searching for a new head coach. Of course, Williams was an assistant with Philadelphia during the 2018-19 season. Time will tell who that next coach will be but I’m sure with Morey’s background, it will be someone that can get the most out of James Harden.

It’s hard to blame Philadelphia for parting ways. Daryl Morey still hasn’t hired his own head coach in Philly and three straight second round exits aren’t going to be acceptable when the MVP is on your roster. Rivers only survived three years in Philadelphia.

Rivers, 61, likely won’t stop coaching. I’m just going to go out on a limb and say that Doc is very much a candidate for the Milwaukee Bucks job. Rivers, of course, has ties to the area being a Marquette grad.

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