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Doc Rivers

Doc Rivers

American basketball coach and former player
Doc Rivers
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Intro American basketball coach and former player
A.K.A. Glenn Anton Rivers, Glenn Anton "Doc" Rivers, Glenn Rivers
Is Athlete Basketball player Sports coach Basketball coach
From United States of America
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 13 October 1961, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Age 59 years
Star sign Libra
Residence Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Family
Children: Austin RiversJeremiah Rivers
Stats
Height: 193 cm
Weight: 84 kg
Education
Proviso East High School
Marquette University
Awards
J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award 1990
NBA Coach of the Year Award 2000
Sports Teams
New York Knicks
San Antonio Spurs
Los Angeles Clippers
Orlando Magic
Atlanta Hawks
The details

Biography

Glenn Anton "Doc" Rivers (born October 13, 1961) is an American basketball coach for the Philadelphia 76ers and former player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). As an NBA point guard, Rivers was known for his defense, a trait that has carried over into his coaching. He served as the head coach of the Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics, and Los Angeles Clippers, winning the NBA Finals with the Celtics in 2008.

Playing career

Rivers in 2011

Rivers was a McDonald's All-American for Proviso East High School in the Chicago metropolitan area. 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) 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.

During the Magic's free agency spending spree in the summer of 2000, Doc Rivers had the opportunity to assemble a "Big Three" team in the NBA, as the Magic were courting free agent Tim Duncan, who came close to signing with the Magic and teaming up with Grant Hill and Tracy McGrady. However, Tim Duncan re-signed with the San Antonio Spurs due to Rivers' strict policy of family members not being allowed to travel in the team's plane.

He made the postseason in his next three years as coach, but was fired in 2003 after a 1–10 start to the season.

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 was hired by the Boston Celtics as their head coach 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. On June 17, 2008, Rivers won his first NBA Championship as a head coach after defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in six games. The Celtics needed an NBA record 26 postseason games to win it. Rivers played for the team that held the previous record for most games played in a single postseason: the 1994 New York Knicks played 25 postseason games.

Rivers led the Celtics to the 2010 NBA Finals where they once again faced the Los Angeles Lakers and lost 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.

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.

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

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. 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 playoffs first 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.

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 had the final say in basketball matters. 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 2019–20, 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 was fired following the Clippers playoff exit versus the Denver Nuggets. His record through seven seasons with the team was 356-208, but he was ultimately unable to lead the Clippers past the conference semifinals for the first time in franchise history.

Philadelphia 76ers (2020–present)

On October 1st, 2020, it was announced that Rivers would become the next head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers until 2025 (contract ends). He is succeeding former coach Brett Brown.

NBA career statistics

  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

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

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 %
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 lives in Orlando, Florida, with his wife Kristen; they have four children. His oldest son Jeremiah played basketball at Georgetown University and Indiana University, and has played in the NBA D-League for the Maine Red Claws. His daughter Callie played volleyball for the University of Florida and is married to NBA player Seth Curry, while his younger son Austin currently plays for the Houston Rockets. 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.

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 of Philadelphia 76ers player Julius Erving. Majerus called him "Doc" and the players at camp followed suit. Rivers' first NBA start was against Erving, who referred to Rivers as "Doc" and "made [him] feel like a million bucks". 76ers play-by-play announcer Marc Zumoff refuses to call Rivers by his nickname and instead refers to him by his birth name when announcing his games.

Rivers has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder according to a personality test he took when he was coaching the Celtics.

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. Rivers has appeared in several videos for this organization, all of which can be found on the group's YouTube channel.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 02 Oct 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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