‘No one’s safe,’ according to Doc Rivers, who anticipates joining the 76ers again

May 20, 2023

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PHILADELPHIA – In the wake of yet another postseason failure, Doc Rivers declared on Sunday that he expects to remain as the Philadelphia 76ers’ head coach, while he also acknowledged that it’s impossible to predict who would be the league’s next coach to be fired.

When the 76ers’ season was ended by a crushing 112 to 88 defeat in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, Rivers was questioned about whether he was “planning to be” their coach in 2023 to 2024.

However, a follow-up inquiry brought up the recent trend of teams firing well-known coaches in spite of recent victories that far outweigh those Philadelphia can claim.

Two years after reaching the NBA Finals, the Phoenix Suns dismissed Monty Williams on Saturday. While Mike Budenholzer was fired by the Milwaukee Bucks two seasons after he and the Toronto Raptors won the championship together, they were led to victory by Nick Nurse.

Rivers acknowledged that nobody was secure in the company.

The 2007 to 08 Celtics squad led by Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett earned the NBA championship, making Rivers the team’s head coach most famous. The Celtics made the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals as well. Two years later, they made it back to the Finals where they fell to the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games.

Philadelphia had a 3 to 2 series advantage over Boston before Sunday’s debacle, but the Sixers dropped Game 6 at home 95 to 86.

In 24 seasons as the head coach of the Orlando Magic (1999 to 2004), Celtics (2004 to13), Los Angeles Clippers (2013 to 20), and 76ers, Rivers has compiled a regular-season record of 1,097 to 763 and a postseason record of 111 to 104. Since 2006 to 2007, he has not had a team finish below.500.

Meanwhile Anthony Davis of the Lakers is expected to play in Game 6 of the NBA Finals

According to the official NBA injury list released Thursday night, center Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers is expected to play in Game 6 against the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.

Although Davis’ diagnosis on the injury report only reads “right foot injury,” it appears that he suffered an apparent head injury during Game 5 on Wednesday.

Davis “is feeling great,” the Lakers’ head coach Darvin Ham stated on Thursday. A fantastic update was provided by our medical staff. 

Following their 121 to 106 defeats in San Francisco on Wednesday night, the Lakers now own a 3-2 advantage in their Western Conference semifinal series.

Davis was accidentally elbowed in the head by Kevon Looney of the Warriors with 7:34 remaining in the fourth quarter as they engaged in a rebound battle. After leaving the field and briefly sitting on the Los Angeles bench, Davis went to the restroom and did not come back into the game.

The Lakers defeated the Memphis Grizzlies in six games in the first round of the playoffs, and he contributed 20.8 points and 13.7 rebounds per game.

The eight-time All-Star averaged a career-high 12.5 rebounds per game and 25.9 points across 56 regular-season games (54 starts) in 2022 to 23.

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