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JJ Redick calls out former Sixers coach Doc Rivers for troubling trend

Doc Rivers did a lot of good things in his three seasons as coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. He led the Sixers to the No. 1 seed in 2021 and had a record of 154-82 across those three seasons while helping Joel Embiid take steps forward in his game.

However, the Sixers could never get past Round 2. They fell in the East semifinals in each of his three seasons as Philadelphia let opportunities slip away and the Sixers decided to move on from Rivers and hire Nick Nurse as their new coach.

Now, Rivers is the coach of the Milwaukee Bucks as he took over at the midway point of the season. The Bucks have struggled to get off the ground under Rivers as they are 3-7 in the 10 games he’s coached. The future Hall of Fame coach has since stated that taking over a team mid-season is hard and has explained why he and the Bucks have struggled.

Former Sixers guard JJ Redick, who played for Rivers while with the Los Angeles Clippers, called out Rivers for what has been a troubling trend:

I’ve seen the trend for years! The trend is always making excuses. Doc, we get it. Taking over a team in the middle of a season is hard. It’s hard. We get it. Just like getting traded in the middle of the season. It’s hard for a player. We get it, but it’s always an excuse. It’s always throwing your team under the bus… there’s never accountability with that guy.

Rivers will head to the Hall of Fame in the future, but he does unfortunately have a reputation for not getting it done in the playoffs. The Sixers had a 3-2 series lead over the Boston Celtics headed back home for Game 6 and Rivers and the Sixers were unable to get the job done as Boston rallied to win the series.

Rivers and the Bucks will take on the Sixers in Philadelphia on Feb. 25.

Story originally appeared on Sixers Wire