NBA World Reacts To 76ers Firing Doc Rivers Following Latest Game 7 Loss

Sixers fan Doc Rivers

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The Philadelphia 76ers have parted ways with veteran head coach Doc Rivers, according to reports. Rivers, NBA MVP Joel Embiid were eliminated from the NBA Playoffs on Sunday following a Game 7 loss to the Boston Celtics.

The Game 7 loss to the Celtics was the 10th of Doc Rivers’ career, which is five more than any other coach in NBA History.

While Rivers won an NBA title with the Big 3 of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen back in 2008, the 61-year-old hasn’t led a team to the NBA Finals since the 2010 season.

Following the news of his dismissal, the NBA world took to Twitter to react to Rivers’ firing.

Rivers likely didn’t help himself with some comments he made during the series against the Celtics, either. Following Philly’s Game 6 loss at home, Rivers said that they “analytically won by 20 or whatever.”

“They had some good shots last game, as well,” Rivers told reporters during a press conference prior to Game 7.

“We missed more open shots — analytically, we won the game by 20 or whatever, which, no comment. Having said that, we can’t bank that they’re gonna miss the shots that they had. They had some good shots.”

The Game 7 loss to the Celtics was particularly embarrassing for the Sixers as their star duo of MVP Joel Embiid and former MVP and scoring-champ James Harden combined for just 24 points.

In addition to coaching the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers, Rivers also spent seven seasons as the head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers during the Lob City days of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, and the Orlando Magic from 1999 to 2003.

Given that it’s now been over a decade since his last appearance in the NBA Finals, it will be interesting to see if another contending NBA franchise gives Rivers a shot.