Will Doc Rivers coach the Lakers? The 76ers want to keep it

One day after the Philadelphia 76ers have been eliminated from the NBA playoffsbasketball operations president Daryl Morey has made it clear that he wants Doc Rivers to return as manager.

Rivers, who has been linked as a potential candidate to replace Frank Vogel as Lakers coachhe was thought to be in the hot spot after the 76ers failed to make it out of the second round of the playoffs for the second consecutive postseason.

Morey silenced those thoughts when asked if he wanted Rivers to return as manager.

“Yes,” he replied to reporters during an exit interview on Friday.

Morey said he, Rivers, and CEO Elton Brand had a good working relationship.

“I just think he’s a great coach and I love working with him,” said Morey of Rivers. “I think Elton, he and I are a great team, and we will see where this journey takes us.”

“We have a lot of things we think we can improve on. This is about myself, this is about Elton [Brand], it’s on Coach Rivers. We will find out. But we feel there is a lot to build on. We have Tyrese Maxey, who I think has made a big leap, has exceeded expectations since he arrived in the championship and before that. He puts the work into it. Tobias Harris, I thought we had one of the best basketball players of him. joel [Embiid] he’s playing the best basketball of his life, obviously he faced some challenges and he was a warrior. Let’s think about a full year of James [Harden], we can unlock what brings us. That said, we know we need to improve. We have our work cut out for us. “

Rob Pelinka, Lakers general manager and vice president of basketball operations, said the team hoped to have a new coach by the NBA draft in June. The team received permission to talk about work with NBA assistant coaches Kenny Atkinson, Andre Griffin, Darvin Ham and Charles Lee, and interviewed former Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stott and former coach of the Golden State Warriors Marco Jackson.

Rivers, 60, helped the Clippers become an annual playoff contender during their “Lob City” years after leading the Boston Celtics to the 2008 NBA title. He’s under contract for at least another two or three seasons, according to more. relationships.

Philadelphia went 100-54 in two seasons under Rivers, but was knocked out Thursday by newcomers Atlanta Hawks in the second round of the 2021 playoffs and the Miami Heat.

Rivers has a record of 1,043-735 (58.7 win rate) in 23 seasons as head coach in the NBA.

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