One-time NBA champion head coach Doc Rivers is a finalist for Phoenix’s head-coaching emptiness, per Shams Charania. The Suns, although, ought to take a go.
Rivers, whom the 76ers fired after a convention semifinals loss to Boston, is clearly not an improve over Monty Williams, whom Phoenix canned after Denver ousted the Suns within the second spherical.
Rivers is not effectively fitted to immediately’s NBA and his playoff document is abysmal apart from a championship with Boston in 2008.
Former NBA participant Rasheed Wallace, a four-time NBA All-Star, not too long ago weighed in on Rivers’ shortcomings as a coach.
“He would not make changes,” said Wallace, who performed beneath Rivers with the Celtics throughout the 2009-10 season. “That is simply being within the locker room with him for that one season. He relies on the gamers to make these changes [alone].”
Per SBNation, within the postseason, Rivers’ successful share is a dismal 32.7 p.c (16-33) when his group already has three wins in a sequence. His groups have blown three 3-1 leads (a feat no different coach has achieved greater than as soon as), fumbled 4 3-2 leads (together with this season towards the Celtics) and misplaced Recreation 7 on his house court docket 4 instances.
Given these shortcomings, it is baffling that Rivers continues to obtain consideration for any head-coaching positions — particularly one as probably promising as Phoenix’s.
Along with the Suns, Joe Vardon of The Athletic reported that an unnamed NBA government has steered Rivers may very well be a “sleeper candidate” for the Milwaukee Bucks.
There is no such thing as a justification for giving Rivers the keys to a franchise that has superstars Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks) or Kevin Durant (Suns) and Devin Booker (Suns).
If historical past repeats itself, because it usually does with Rivers, one may count on no less than one playoff collapse, maybe a number of if both of these groups hires him. That is why Phoenix and Milwaukee ought to keep away from this Doc.