Doc Rivers wishes Sixers could have kept Tyler Johnson a little longer

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    American basketball coach and former player

The Philadelphia 76ers have been hit hard recently by the COVID-19 protocols and they had to make a move to sign a player to a 10-day hardship exception in order to have enough players to play games.

They made a move to sign Tyler Johnson to a deal as a guy who had some good experience in the league. He was a 7-year veteran before coming to Philadelphia and he provided the Sixers some good minutes in three games as somebody who could handle the ball, shoot a little bit, and be able to give the team some toughness.

Unfortunately for Johnson, his 10-day expired and the Sixers did not renew it as he entered the protocols shortly before the expiration. Now, Johnson is on another 10-day with the San Antonio Spurs and he will make his return to Philadelphia on Friday to face the Sixers.

“Loved him, loved him,” said coach Doc Rivers. “Wish we could’ve kept him, honestly. He got away from us. I thought he could help us. A big fan, NBA player if you know what I mean, clever, shoots the ball well, and has a lot of grit.”

Johnson played with the Brooklyn Nets in the 2020-21 season and nobody picked him up in the 2021 offseason. With these new 10-day deals, it gave him and others to work their way back into the league.

“I think there’s guys, what do they call it?” Rivers continued. “The hardship? Or whatever this thing is has been great for the league in a lot of ways. Obviously, keeping the league going, but there’s also guys who have been in the league who have kind of fallen out who have come back and show that they can do the right things to stay in the league.”

It is good for the league to do this to bring back guys who can still contribute in the NBA and give them another opportunity. Johnson was able to do so during his time in Philadelphia to earn another chance with the Spurs.

“There’s gonna be several guys, a lot of guys, who end up signing for the rest of the year, and restarting their careers,” Rivers finished. “Good for all those guys and good for the league for doing it as well.”

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