Doc Rivers of the 76ers defends job security after elimination, fans ask Jay Wright to replace him

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Following the Philadelphia 76ers‘lost to the Miami Heat In an elimination match Thursday night, coach Doc Rivers was asked about his employment status.

Rivers told reporters that he thought he was doing well in his position and believed the 76ers were exceeding expectations with Joel Embiid playing as an MVP for another year. However, the 99-90 defeat to the Heat leaves Philadelphia watching the rest of the postseason on TV.

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James Harden b. 1 of the Philadelphia 76ers talks to head coach Doc Rivers against the Miami Heat during the first half of game five of the Eastern Conference semifinals at the FTX Arena on May 10, 2022 in Miami, Florida.

James Harden b. 1 of the Philadelphia 76ers talks to head coach Doc Rivers against the Miami Heat during the first half of game five of the Eastern Conference semifinals at the FTX Arena on May 10, 2022 in Miami, Florida.
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“I don’t care about my job. I think I do a great job and if you don’t you should write it down. I work hard to bring this team here,” Rivers said. “When I first came here, no one chose us to be anywhere. And again this year, the same thing. If that’s how anyone feels, write it down.

“Whenever you get it wrong, should you lose your job? No. So, it’s the same thing. If you believe it, then go ahead. I know what I did this year and I feel very good.”

For what it’s worth, Rivers has taken over a team that made it to the Eastern Conference semifinals for two consecutive years before losing in the first round of the bubble playoffs in 2020. In its first season, the team also made it to the Conference semifinals first. of losing to the Atlanta Hawks.

Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers during their game against the Miami Heat in Game Six of the 2022 NBA Playoff Eastern Conference Semifinals at the Wells Fargo Center on May 12, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Rivers’ defense didn’t stop 76ers fans from tweeting about Jay Wright. The men’s college basketball coach, who resigned from his position as head coach at Villanova, appeared to have been chosen by fans to replace Rivers.

Villanova Wildcats head coach Jay Wright looks on in the first half of their game against the Kansas Jayhawks during the semifinal of finals four of the 2022 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Caesars Superdome on April 02, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Villanova Wildcats head coach Jay Wright looks on in the first half of their game against the Kansas Jayhawks during the semifinal of finals four of the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Caesars Superdome on April 02, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Philadelphia hasn’t made it to the conference finals since 2001 under Larry Brown with Allen Iverson up front.