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Doc Rivers
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Philadephia 76ers
Position Head coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born October 13 1961 () (age 60)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school Proviso East
(Maywood, Illinois)
College Marquette (1980–1983)
NBA Draft: Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career 1983–1996
Position Point guard
Number 25
Coaching career 1999-present
Career history
As player: 1983–1991 Atlanta Hawks
1991–1992 Los Angeles Clippers
1992–1994 New York Knicks
1994–1996 San Antonio Spurs
As coach: 1999–2003 Orlando Magic
2004–2013 Boston Celtics

2013-2020 Los Angeles Clippers
2020–present Philadelphia 76ers

Career highlights and awards
As player: NBA All-Star (1988)
J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (1990)
No. 31 retired by Marquette
USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (1982)
As coach: NBA champion (2008)
NBA Coach of the Year (2000)
2× NBA All-Star Game head coach (2008, 2011)

Glenn Anton "Doc" Rivers(born October 13, 1961)  is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is the head coach for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played as a point guard in the NBA and was known for his defense, a trait that has carried over into his coaching. Rivers was an NBA All-Star in 1988.

Rivers was named the 2000 NBA Coach of the Year in his first season as a head coach with the Orlando Magic. He won an NBA championship as head coach of the Boston Celtics in 2008.

Playing career[edit][]

Rivers was a McDonald's All-American for Proviso East High School in the Chicago metropolitan area.[1] Rivers represented the United States with the national team in the 1982 FIBA World Championship, in which he led the team to the silver medal, despite missing the last shot in the final, which could have given the title to his team. After his third season at Marquette University, Rivers was drafted in the second round (31st overall[2]) of the 1983 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks. He graduated from Marquette while completing course work as an NBA player. He spent the next seven seasons as a starter in Atlanta, assisting star Dominique Wilkins as the team found great regular-season success. He averaged a double-double for the 1986–87 season with 12.8 points and 10.0 assists per game. Rivers later spent one year as a starter for the Los Angeles Clippers and two more for the New York Knicks, before finishing his career as a player for the San Antonio Spurs from 1994 to 1996.

Coaching career[]

Orlando Magic (1999–2003)[]

Rivers began his coaching career with the Orlando Magic in 1999, where he coached for more than four NBA seasons. Rivers won the Coach of the Year award in 2000 after his first year with the Magic. That season, he led the team that was picked to finish last in the league to a near playoff berth. He made the post-season in his next three years as coach, but was fired in 2003 after a disastrous 1–10 start to the season.


Rivers (center) sits on the sidelines with assistant coaches Tom Thibodeau (right) and Armond Hill (left) in Game 4 of the 2008 NBA Playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks.

Rivers at the championship parade of the 2008 NBA Champions Boston Celtics.

Boston Celtics (2004–2013)[]

After spending a year working as a commentator for the NBA on ABC (calling the 2004 Finals with Al Michaels), he took over the Boston Celtics coaching position in 2004. During his first years with the Celtics, he was criticized by many in the media for his coaching style, most vociferously by Bill Simmons, who in 2006 publicly called for Rivers to be fired in his columns.

As a result of the Celtics' 109–93 victory over the New York Knicks on January 21, 2008, Rivers, as the coach of the team with the best winning percentage in the Eastern Conference, earned the honor to coach the East for the 2008 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans.[3] On June 17, 2008, Rivers won his first NBA Championship as a head coach after defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in six games.[4] The Celtics needed an NBA record 26 post-season games to win it. Rivers played for the team that held the previous record for most games played in a single post-season: the 1994 New York Knicks played 25 post-season games.

Rivers would lead the Celtics to the 2010 NBA Finals where they would once again face the Los Angeles Lakers and lose the series in seven games.

After deliberating between staying on the job and leaving the job and returning to spend more time with his family in Orlando, Rivers finally decided that he would honor the last year of his contract and return for the 2010–11 season.[5]

On May 13, 2011, after months of rumors that he would retire, ESPN reported that the Celtics and Rivers agreed upon a 5-year contract extension worth $35 million.[6][7]

On February 6, 2013, Rivers notched his 400th win with the Celtics in a 99–95 victory over the Toronto Raptors.[8]

Los Angeles Clippers (2013–2020)[]

On June 25, 2013, the Los Angeles Clippers acquired Rivers from the Celtics for an unprotected 2015 NBA first round draft pick. He also became the senior vice president of basketball operations on the team.[9] In his first season as their head coach, Rivers led the Clippers to a franchise-record 57 wins, garnering the 3rd seed in the Western conference. The 2014 NBA playoffsfirst round playoff series against the Golden State Warriors was marred when TMZ released an audiotape containing racially insensitive remarks made by the then-Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Though there was a possibility of the Clippers boycotting the series, they would play on, holding a silent protest by leaving their shooting jerseys at center court and obscuring the Clippers logo on their warm-up shirts. Rivers himself stated that he would not return to the Clippers if Sterling remained as owner the following season. NBA commissioner Adam Silver responded to the controversy by banning Sterling for life and compelling him to sell the team. After the team was sold to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion on August 12, 2014, Rivers remained with the Clippers.[10]

On June 16, 2014, the Clippers promoted Rivers to president of basketball operations in conjunction with his continuing head coaching duties. Although Dave Wohl was hired as general manager, Rivers has the final say in basketball matters.[11] On August 27, 2014, he signed a new five-year contract with the Clippers.

On January 16, 2015, Rivers became the first NBA coach to coach his own son, Austin Rivers, until June 26, 2018, when he was traded to the Washington Wizards for Marcin Gortat.

On August 4, 2017, Rivers gave up his post as president of basketball operations. However, he continued to split responsibility for basketball matters with executive vice president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank. On May 23, 2018, Rivers and the Clippers agreed to a contract extension.

On May 31, 2019, Rivers made comments on Kawhi Leonard during an appearance on ESPN, stating that "He is the most like Jordan that we've seen". The Clippers were fined $50,000 due to Rivers' comments in violation of the league's anti-tampering rule.

In the 2019–20 season, Rivers earned his 900th win as a head coach after the Clippers won at home against the Portland Trail Blazers on November 8, 2019. In the Western Conference seminfinals, the Clippers jumped to a 3–1 lead before losing 4–3 to the Denver Nuggets. Rivers became the first coach in NBA history with three teams who failed to advance from a best-of-seven series after taking a 3–1 lead. He had previously been the only coach in NBA history whose teams had twice failed to advance from a best of seven series after taking a 3–1 lead.

On September 28, 2020, Rivers stepped down following the Clippers' defeat to the Denver Nuggets in the conference semifinals. His record through seven seasons with the team was 356-208, but he was ultimately unable to lead the Clippers to their first conference finals appearance in franchise history.

Philadelphia 76ers (2020–present)[]

On October 3, 2020, the Philadelphia 76ers announced that they had hired Rivers as their head coach.

NBA career statistics[]

Legend
 GP Games played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season[edit][]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1983–84 Atlanta 81 47 23.9 .462 .167 .785 2.7 3.9 1.6 .4 9.3
1984–85 Atlanta 69 58 30.8 .476 .417 .770 3.1 5.9 2.4 .8 14.1
1985–86 Atlanta 53 50 29.6 .474 .000 .608 3.1 8.4 2.3 .2 11.5
1986–87 Atlanta 82 82 31.6 .451 .190 .828 3.6 10.0 2.1 .4 12.8
1987–88 Atlanta 80 80 31.3 .453 .273 .758 4.6 9.3 1.8 .5 14.2
1988–89 Atlanta 76 76 32.4 .455 .347 .861 3.8 6.9 2.4 .5 13.6
1989–90 Atlanta 48 44 31.8 .454 .364 .812 4.2 5.5 2.4 .5 12.5
1990–91 Atlanta 79 79 32.7 .435 .336 .844 3.2 4.3 1.9 .6 15.2
1991–92 L.A. Clippers 59 25 28.1 .424 .283 .832 2.5 3.9 1.9 .3 10.9
1992–93 New York 77 45 24.5 .437 .317 .821 2.5 5.3 1.6 .1 7.8
1993–94 New York 19 19 26.3 .433 .365 .636 2.1 5.3 1.3 .3 7.5
1994–95 New York 3 0 15.7 .308 .600 .727 3.0 2.7 1.3 .0 6.3
1994–95 San Antonio 60 0 15.7 .360 .344 .732 1.7 2.6 1.0 .4 5.0
1995–96 San Antonio 78 0 15.8 .372 .343 .750 1.8 1.6 .9 .3 4.0
Career 864 605 27.3 .444 .328 .784 3.0 5.7 1.8 .4 10.9
All-Star 1 0 16.0 .500 .455 3.0 6.0 9.0

Playoffs[]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1984 Atlanta 5 26.0 .500 .000 .878 2.0 3.2 2.4 .8 13.6
1986 Atlanta 9 9 29.1 .435 .500 .738 4.7 8.7 2.0 .0 12.7
1987 Atlanta 8 8 30.6 .383 .500 3.4 11.3 1.1 .4 7.8
1988 Atlanta 12 12 34.1 .511 .318 .907 4.9 9.6 2.1 .2 15.7
1989 Atlanta 5 5 38.2 .386 .316 .708 4.8 6.8 1.4 .4 13.4
1991 Atlanta 5 5 34.6 .469 .091 .895 4.0 3.0 1.0 .4 15.6
1992 L.A. Clippers 5 4 37.4 .446 .500 .815 3.8 4.2 1.2 .0 15.2
1993 New York 15 15 30.5 .453 .355 .767 2.6 5.7 1.9 .1 10.2
1995 San Antonio 15 0 21.2 .389 .370 .839 1.9 1.6 .9 .6 7.8
1996 San Antonio 2 0 10.0 .333 .500 .5 .0 .0 .0 1.5
Career 81 58 29.5 .446 .338 .767 3.3 5.9 1.5 .3 11.4

Head coaching record[edit][]

Legend
Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
hide
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Orlando 1999–00 82 41 41 .500 4th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
Orlando 2000–01 82 43 39 .524 4th in Atlantic 4 1 3 .250 Lost in First Round
Orlando 2001–02 82 44 38 .537 3rd in Atlantic 4 1 3 .250 Lost in First Round
Orlando 2002–03 82 42 40 .512 4th in Atlantic 7 3 4 .429 Lost in First Round
Orlando 2003–04 11 1 10 .091 (fired)
Boston 2004–05 82 45 37 .549 1st in Atlantic 7 3 4 .429 Lost in First Round
Boston 2005–06 82 33 49 .402 3rd in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
Boston 2006–07 82 24 58 .293 5th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
Boston 2007–08 82 66 16 .805 1st in Atlantic 26 16 10 .615 Won NBA Championship
Boston 2008–09 82 62 20 .756 1st in Atlantic 14 7 7 .500 Lost in Conference Semifinals
Boston 2009–10 82 50 32 .610 1st in Atlantic 24 15 9 .625 Lost in NBA Finals
Boston 2010–11 82 56 26 .683 1st in Atlantic 9 5 4 .556 Lost in Conference Semifinals
Boston 2011–12 66 39 27 .591 1st in Atlantic 20 11 9 .550 Lost in Conference Finals
Boston 2012–13 81 41 40 .506 3rd in Atlantic 6 2 4 .333 Lost in First Round
L.A. Clippers 2013–14 82 57 25 .695 1st in Pacific 13 6 7 .462 Lost in Conference Semifinals
L.A. Clippers 2014–15 82 56 26 .683 2nd in Pacific 14 7 7 .500 Lost in Conference Semifinals
L.A. Clippers 2015–16 82 53 29 .646 2nd in Pacific 6 2 4 .333 Lost in First Round
L.A. Clippers 2016–17 82 51 31 .622 2nd in Pacific 7 3 4 .429 Lost in First Round
L.A. Clippers 2017–18 82 42 40 .512 2nd in Pacific Missed Playoffs
L.A. Clippers 2018–19 82 48 34 .585 2nd in Pacific 6 2 4 .333 Lost in First Round
L.A. Clippers 2019–20 72 49 23 .681 2nd in Pacific 13 7 6 .538 Lost in Conference Semifinals
Total 1624 943 681 .581 180 91 89 .506

Personal Life[]

Rivers is the nephew of former NBA player Jim Brewer. He has four children with his former wife Kristen. His oldest son Jeremiah briefly played in the NBA. His daughter Callie played volleyball for University of Florida and is married to Seth Curry, while his middle son Austin currently plays for the Denver Nuggets. His youngest son, Spencer, is a guard who played for Winter Park High School and for UC Irvine.

Rivers is a cousin of former NBA guard Byron Irvin and former MLB outfielder Ken Singleton.[15]

Rivers was given his nickname of "Doc" by then-Marquette assistant coach Rick Majerus. Rivers attended a summer basketball camp wearing a "Dr. J" T-shirt. Majerus immediately called him "Doc" and the players at camp followed suit. The name has stuck ever since.[16]

Other work[]

Rivers is also currently a member of the National Advisory Board for Positive Coaching Alliance, a national non-profit organization that helps student-athletes and their coaches.[17]Rivers has appeared in several videos for this organization, all of which can be found on the group's YouTube channel.[18]

See also[]

  • Biography portal
  • Basketball portal
  • Boston portal
  • List of National Basketball Association career steals leaders
  • List of National Basketball Association players with most assists in a game
  • List of National Basketball Association players with most steals in a game

References[edit][]

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See Also[]

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  • List of National Basketball Association career steals leaders
  • List of National Basketball Association players with most assists in a game
  • List of National Basketball Association players with most steals in a game

References[]

External links[]

Template:Los Angeles Clippers current roster

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