Doc Rivers was fired by the Philadelphia 76ers this offseason following three first rate, albeit considerably underwhelming, years with the group.
Philly failed to achieve the Jap Convention Finals in any of these seasons.
One of many key issues that the Sixers confronted throughout Rivers’ reign was a continuous incapability for the coach to get on the identical web page as star guard James Harden.
Harden’s role in Rivers’ firing has been coated advert nauseam at this level.
Throughout a current look on media character Invoice Simmons’ podcast, Rivers broke down in nice element why he and Harden merely couldn’t see eye-to-eye.
“It was difficult,” Rivers admitted.
“Extra as a result of we had been preventing two issues … and never like visually preventing. It’s that James is so good at enjoying a method and the way in which I consider you need to play to win, in some methods, is totally different as a result of it’s a number of giving up the ball, transferring the ball and coming again to the ball.
“I’d’ve beloved to have him youthful, when that was simpler for him, as a result of giving up the ball and coming again to it’s onerous. It’s bodily and it’s exhausting.”
So far as Rivers is worried, if Harden had continued enjoying within the second half of the season the way in which he did within the first, issues might need turned out in a different way.
“I believed the primary half of the 12 months we had been the perfect workforce within the recreation,” Rivers continued.
“I believed James was enjoying good basketball … he was some extent guard of the workforce, he was nonetheless scoring — however he was doing extra playmaking and scoring. After which the second half he began scoring extra and I believed we acquired extra stagnant at instances. I believed we modified.”
Harden and Rivers each include a certain quantity of bags.
Each have confirmed that a lot throughout their stops with different groups.
Will both man have the ability to discover a successful scenario going ahead now that they don’t should cope with one another anymore? Time will inform.