By Peter Gleason

Doc Rivers was canned four days ago.

And Sixers owner Josh Harris wanted to send a plane to Southern California to interview Rivers right away.

Despite the fact that former Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni was seen as a front-runner.

The ownership did not want to hire Lue, while GM Elton Brand was not a fan of bringing on D’Antoni.

Once Rivers became available, the two sides found common ground.

Will the Rivers hiring lead to blockbuster trade?

Brand had no intention of trading either Ben Simmons or Joel Embiid. The move to bring Rivers in doesn’t change much on this front.


Rivers has had success working with a number of different personalities such as Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George with the Clippers.

Rivers won his single title as a head coach in Boston by leading the likes of Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. His experience includes taking on some of the biggest personalities the NBA has to offer and having a ton of success.