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 move.
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 properly suited to right this moment’s NBA and his playoff document is abysmal except for a championship with Boston in 2008.
Former NBA participant Rasheed Wallace, a four-time NBA All-Star, lately weighed in on Rivers’ shortcomings as a coach.
“He would not make changes,” said Wallace, who performed beneath Rivers with the Celtics through the 2009-10 season. “That is simply being within the locker room with him for that one season. He will depend on the gamers to make these changes [alone].”
Per SBNation, within the postseason, Rivers’ profitable share is a dismal 32.7 p.c (16-33) when his group already has three wins in a collection. His groups have blown three 3-1 leads (a feat no different coach has finished greater than as soon as), fumbled 4 3-2 leads (together with this season towards the Celtics) and misplaced Recreation 7 on his dwelling court docket 4 occasions.
Given these shortcomings, it is baffling that Rivers continues to obtain consideration for any head-coaching positions — particularly one as doubtlessly promising as Phoenix’s.
Along with the Suns, Joe Vardon of The Athletic reported that an unnamed NBA government has instructed Rivers may very well be a “sleeper candidate” for the Milwaukee Bucks.
There isn’t 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 typically does with Rivers, one might count on at the very least 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.