Another illustrious head falls among NBA benches: after Monty Williams, who paid for the Suns’ elimination against the Nuggets, also Doc Rivers packed his bags after the Game-7 loss to Boston. The coach, who had two years left on his contract, had indicated his intention to remain at the helm of the Philadelphia 76ers immediately after elimination, but management evidently felt differently.
Rivers sat on the Philadelphia bench since 2020, and in three seasons he always finished with an excellent record but with some disappointment in the Playoffs. In fact, in all three years the Sixers were eliminated in the second round, despite the fact that in the last two the Embiid-Harden duo seemed to show promise.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the candidates to succeed Doc Rivers would be Mike Budenholzer, Sam Cassell, Mike D’Antoni, Nick Nurse, Frank Vogel, and Monty Williams.
BREAKING: The 76ers dismissed coach Doc Rivers on Tuesday, sources tell ESPN. Rivers led the Sixers to the Eastern Conference Semifinals in each of his three seasons on the job. pic.twitter.com/WM0t4LhrAz
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 16, 2023