Considered one of Doc Rivers' former gamers explains why it was time for the Philadelphia 76ers to maneuver on

  • Doc Rivers was fired by the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday after one other second-round playoff exit.
  • Considered one of Rivers’ former gamers, Rasheed Wallace, weighed in on Rivers’ teaching expertise.
  • Wallace criticized Rivers for being unable to make changes in opposition to different elite coaches.

The Philadelphia 76ers fired head coach Doc Rivers on Tuesday after three seasons main the crew.

The choice comes after the Sixers have been as soon as once more eradicated within the Japanese Convention semifinals, this time in seven video games in opposition to one among Rivers’ former groups, the Boston Celtics.

Philadelphia had led the sequence 3-2 with the possibility to shut out at residence in Recreation 6, however fell wanting a victory there. In Recreation 7 in Boston, the Sixers received blown out of the water.

Rasheed Wallace, who performed for Doc Rivers on the Celtics within the 2009-10 season, shared a few of his ideas on Rivers on his YouTube present “That is What Sheed Mentioned.”

“You gotta get any person in there that the gamers respect,” Wallace mentioned.

“He would not make changes. That is simply from being within the locker room with him for that one season. That appears to all the time be his largest knock,” he famous. “When you’re within the trenches, and you’re going in opposition to one other crew and one other good coach, you have gotta be greater than a locker room supervisor.”

In line with Wallace, it was extra on the gamers to make their very own changes on groups coached by Rivers.

Certainly, the Sixers struggled to make changes of their sequence in opposition to the Celtics. After heading into halftime of Recreation 7 trailing by simply three factors, they Sixers received trounced by Boston within the third quarter, with the Celtics opening up a 30 level lead.

Two occasions throughout that run, Rivers tried to stem the bleeding with a timeout, however Philadelphia was by no means capable of flip issues round.

For Rivers, falling brief within the second spherical of the playoffs is just not precisely new.

Rivers has now misplaced 9 straight video games when he is had the possibility to punch his ticket to the convention finals with a win, and he is misplaced 10 Recreation 7s in his profession, greater than some other head coach in NBA historical past.

On one hand, that stat is exemplary of a protracted profession. On the opposite, that is quite a lot of losses in do-or-die video games.