Netease Sports reported on October 6:
The new Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Rivers recently accepted the media interview. Rivers said that he wanted to take a good rest after leaving the Clippers, but the 76ers' talent is too high, this is a job that cannot be rejected.
After the Clippers were eliminated by the Nuggets, Rivers assumed responsibility and parted ways with the team. But he quickly sparked with the 76ers and quickly became the new coach of the 76ers. Rivers said: "I absolutely love coaching, but I was ready to take a break. It depends on which team I coach and whether I think this team is ready to win."
According to Rivers, within a few hours after the Clippers were eliminated, three teams found his agent. But Rivers said that he first met with the 76ers. He understands that the 76ers with Embiid and Ben Simmons are so talented that he has to accept the job.
Rivers said: "When Brand called me, I really wanted to get on the plane to take a look. Look at the young players and their huge potential. In fact, they are here. I have achieved great success at my age. For me, this is a job that I cannot refuse. This is why I joined the 76ers. I am really excited."
Like the Clippers, the 76ers' performance this season also failed to meet expectations. According to their lineup, the 76ers are one of the teams that have a chance to reach the Finals this season. However, due to Simmons' injury, the 76ers were swept by the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs. Rivers said: "This is a talented team. We just need to find a way to give the best results."
Rivers praised Embiid, the 76ers star: "Embid is an amazing genius. I have coached big men like Garnett, Jordan, and Perkins. But now the inside line has changed. They developed a three-pointer. I think Embiid can do all these things. He is a dominant big man."
Speaking of Simmons, Rivers played down the lack of jump shots of this young talent, but emphasized Simmons' versatility. He said: "I don't care about this like everyone else. Simmons proved that he can create points. My positioning of him is that he is an All-Star and he is also a player of the best defensive team."