His youngest son, Spencer, is a guard who played for Winter Park High School and for UC Irvine. After deliberating between staying on the job and leaving the job and returning to spend more time with his family in Orlando, Rivers finally decided that he would honor the last year of his contract and return for the 2010–11 season. the official stats partner of the NBA. Rivers was an NBA All-Star in 1988. Question, Comment, Feedback, or Correction? The thorny mental health issue in the NBA", databaseBasketball.com: Doc Rivers (as coach), databaseBasketball.com: Doc Rivers (as player), National Basketball Association head coaches, NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Doc_Rivers&oldid=985012962, Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball players, National Basketball Association All-Stars, National Basketball Association broadcasters, National Basketball Association championship-winning head coaches, Parade High School All-Americans (boys' basketball), United States men's national basketball team players, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 23 October 2020, at 12:53. [11] In his first season as their head coach, Rivers led the Clippers to a franchise-record 57 wins, garnering the 3rd seed in the Western conference. The team nevertheless advanced to the conference semifinals, where it could not upset the higher-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder in a close six-game series that featured dramatic last-minute comebacks by both teams. While attending Marquette, Rivers helped the U.S. team capture a silver medal at the 1982 Fédération Internationale de Basketball Association world championships. Sam Cassell will continue his coaching career with the 76ers Cassell joined the Clippers as part of Rivers’ staff in 2014. Announcing our NEW encyclopedia for Kids! Rivers guided the Clippers to a tie for the second best record in the Western Conference in 2014–15, but he was hit with criticism for building a thin roster, as the Clippers played its starting five players more than any other team in the NBA that season, a situation that likely contributed to the team’s blowing a three-games-to-one series lead to the Houston Rockets in the second round of the playoffs. Omissions? September 28, 2020: Fired as Head Coach by the Los Angeles Clippers, October 3, 2020: Hired as Head Coach by the Philadelphia 76ers, Every Sports Reference Social Media Account, Site Last Updated: Tuesday, October 20, 4:30AM. Rivers won the Coach of the Year award in 2000 after his first year with the Magic. Despite Los Angeles having a roster filled with career role players and no stars, the team returned to the playoffs in 2018–19 (a first-round loss to the defending champion Golden State Warriors) behind one of the greatest coaching achievements of Rivers’s career. Born: October 13, 1961 in Chicago, Illinois, High School: He played 13 seasons, the first 8 with the Hawks, remaining their all-time leader in assists with 3,866. Rivers led the Celtics to the 2010 NBA Finals where they once again faced the Los Angeles Lakers and lost the series in seven games. [12], On June 16, 2014, the Clippers promoted Rivers to president of basketball operations in conjunction with his continuing head coaching duties. The 2014 NBA playoffs first round playoff series against the Golden State Warriors was marred when TMZ released an audiotape containing racially insensitive remarks made by the then-Clippers owner Donald Sterling. On January 16, 2015, Rivers became the first NBA coach to coach his own son, Austin Rivers, until June 26, 2018, when he was traded to the Washington Wizards for Marcin Gortat. Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. He also became the senior vice president of basketball operations on the team. [15] On May 23, 2018, Rivers and the Clippers agreed to a contract extension. Proviso East in Maywood, Illinois, Relatives: Cousin Byron Irvin; Sons Austin Rivers, Jeremiah Rivers; Son-in-law Seth Curry; Uncle Jim Brewer, As Player: 864 G, 10.9 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 5.7 APG (Full Record), As Executive: LAC franchise, 2013-2018 (Full Record), June 7, 1999: Hired as Head Coach by the Orlando Magic, November 17, 2003: Fired as Head Coach by the Orlando Magic, April 29, 2004: Hired as Head Coach by the Boston Celtics. Majerus called him "Doc" and the players at camp followed suit. NBA commissioner Adam Silver responded to the controversy by banning Sterling for life and compelling him to sell the team. After he was passed over for the LA Clippers head coaching position, assistant coach Sam Cassell will leave the organization. The Celtics were looking to turn over an aging roster following the 2012–13 season, but Rivers did not wish to participate in a rebuilding project, so Boston made an unusual deal with the Los Angeles Clippers that saw the Celtics release Rivers from his contract in exchange for a first-round draft pick from the Clippers. Doc Rivers. [28], Rivers was given his nickname of "Doc" by then-Marquette assistant coach Rick Majerus. Do you have a blog? [13] On August 27, 2014, he signed a new five-year contract with the Clippers.[14]. [7], On May 13, 2011, after months of rumors that he would retire, ESPN reported that the Celtics and Rivers agreed upon a 5-year contract extension worth $35 million. Molding stars to play well together, something Rivers has done well in his carer, is a big part of coaching in the NBA. We have tools and resources that can help you use sports data. Rivers is the nephew of former NBA player Jim Brewer. During his first years with the Celtics, he was criticized by many in the media for his coaching style, most vociferously by Bill Simmons, who in 2006 publicly called for Rivers to be fired in his columns. Find out more. He was hired by the Boston Celtics the next season. He won an NBA championship as head coach of the Boston Celtics in 2008. Rivers went on to play 864 regular-season games in the NBA, including stops with the Los Angeles Clippers (1991–92), the New York Knicks (1992–94), and the San Antonio Spurs (1994–96). [5] On June 17, 2008, Rivers won his first NBA Championship as a head coach after defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in six games. In that 2008 championship run, the Celtics had to show grit by winning two seven-game series in the opening two rounds against Atlanta and Cleveland. Sam Cassell is reportedly set to follow Doc Rivers to the Philadelphia 76ers after losing out on the Clippers head coaching gig. Rivers went on to play at Marquette University, whose then assistant coach Rick Majerus nicknamed him “Doc” because Rivers had worn a “Dr. Doc Rivers, byname of Glenn Anton Rivers, (born October 13, 1961, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.), American professional basketball player and coach who, as head coach of the Boston Celtics, led the team to a National Basketball Association (NBA) championship in 2008. 2015: the Clippers blow a 3-1 to the Houston Rockets Rivers played for the team that held the previous record for most games played in a single postseason: the 1994 New York Knicks played 25 postseason games. After the team was sold to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion on August 12, 2014, Rivers remained with the Clippers. All logos are the trademark & property of their owners and not Sports Reference LLC. Rivers himself stated that he would not return to the Clippers if Sterling remained as owner the following season. Rivers then signed a three-year contract to become the Clippers’ head coach and vice president of basketball operations. Get exclusive access to content from our 1768 First Edition with your subscription. Doc Rivers, American professional basketball player and coach who, as head coach of the Boston Celtics, led the team to a National Basketball Association (NBA) championship in 2008. Rivers became a head coach for the first time in 1999–2000, taking an Orlando Magic team that was projected to finish near the bottom of its division to a 41–41 record and becoming NBA Coach of the Year. [21], On September 28, 2020, Rivers stepped down following the Clippers' defeat to the Denver Nuggets in the conference semifinals. The championship was the franchise’s record 17th—and its first since 1985–86. Which of these basketball players retired from the NBA with the highest career scoring average? Do you have a sports website? Paul and Griffin soon left the team, and the Clippers began a rebuilding effort. Copyright © 2000-2020 Sports Reference LLC. Rivers attended a summer basketball camp wearing a "Dr. J" t-shirt of Philadelphia 76ers player Julius Erving. However, Tim Duncan re-signed with the San Antonio Spurs due to Rivers' strict policy of family members not being allowed to travel in the team's plane.[4]. The Celtics continued to field one of the best teams in the NBA through the end of the decade and into the 2010s, as the team qualified for the playoffs in each of the five seasons following its championship run, including a return to the NBA finals in 2009–10 (a loss in a rematch against the Lakers) and a loss in the conference finals to the eventual-champion Miami Heat in 2011–12.