NBA Twitter reacts to Sixers moving on from Doc Rivers after 3 seasons
The Philadelphia 76ers will begin a new era when the 2023-24 season tips off as they will have a new voice in the head coaching chair. The Sixers have officially parted ways with Doc Rivers after three seasons at the helm that included a lot of winning, but three consecutive Round 2 exits.
Rivers had a winning percentage of .653 and changed a lot about the Sixers during his time on the job. They earned the No. 1 seed in 2021 for the first time since 2001 and they won 154 games under his guidance while helping Joel Embiid take the next steps.
There have already been a few names mentioned to replace Rivers including assistant Sam Cassell who won two titles as a player in the league. It will be interesting to see who the Sixers choose to replace Rivers as they continue on their championship path.
NBA Twitter gave its best reactions to the firing of Rivers as the Sixers move forward:
BREAKING: The Sixers fire Doc Rivers, per ESPN pic.twitter.com/kjccC47TfT
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) May 16, 2023
#Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey on firing coach Doc Rivers: pic.twitter.com/41gs492wuQ
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) May 16, 2023
Most playoff wins in #NBA history:
1 ▫️ Phil Jackson: 229
2 ▫️ Pat Riley: 171
3 ▫️ Gregg Popovich: 170
4 ▫️ Doc Rivers: 111 pic.twitter.com/ZKQWPYW03i
— Chris W. Crouse (@ChrisWCrouse) May 16, 2023
Doc Rivers is no longer the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. pic.twitter.com/mPqx80gNjC
— The Phifth Quarter (@The_PhifthQ) May 16, 2023
Doc Rivers left the Celtics 10 years ago because he wanted no part in a rebuild. But ironically enough, the Celtics have gone further in the playoffs in 6 out of those 10 years since he's left.
— Thomas Carrieri (@Thomas_Carrieri) May 16, 2023
Doc Rivers: “Tough way to go out but if we have a good offseason I think we can make a serious run next year!”
The 76ers: pic.twitter.com/2nzN93rqkf
— BetMGM 🦁 (@BetMGM) May 16, 2023
The Doc Rivers Era is over pic.twitter.com/AbX3YCnOKu
— Barstool Philly (@BarstoolPhilly) May 16, 2023
Doc Rivers wasn't bad with the #Sixers. He just wasn't special at enough big moments — and the Sixers paid him to be special
— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) May 16, 2023
Man I lowkey hate what the NBA is becoming with how they treat coaches.
DOC RIVERS DID A VERY GOOD JOB THIS YEAR! PLAYOFFS INCLUDED! It's not his fault his star players are afraid of the moment. https://t.co/4yYHaJV3hb
— Itamar (@Itamar_17_10) May 16, 2023
— michael doleac (@3MWD__) May 16, 2023
— Jake Noecker (@JakeNoeckerMMA) May 16, 2023
Him trying to get into his office this morning:
— Bookmakers Review (@BMRReviews) May 16, 2023
I know everyone is gonna clamor for Nick Nurse or Monty Williams, but I think your next coach is already in the building pic.twitter.com/SNpVREJh7p
— ً (@_itsnotmatt) May 16, 2023
Nick Nurse or Sam Cassell.
— Hoops Reference (@HoopsReference) May 16, 2023
Would love Sam Cassell as next Sixers HC. Already knows players. Has no problem giving tough love., coaching hard. Too many retreads in NBA.
— Jon Johnson (@jonjohnsonwip) May 16, 2023
I'd love to see Sam Cassell get the opportunity to be a head coach. He clearly deserves it. I'm just not sure the Sixers will go with him over guys who've been successful, established head coaches for a long time already.
— Tom West (@TomWestNBA) May 16, 2023
Sam Cassell us! @sixers
— The Luminary (@TheBoulNate) May 16, 2023
Like I said before Sam Cassell has championships under his belt as a former player, so he knows what it takes. https://t.co/bSfobF0Pm3
— Chris 🦅 (@youngchris_97) May 16, 2023