Hired by the 76ers just last week after being fired following the Clippers’ disastrous 3-1 collapse, Doc Rivers is ready to contend for a title.
The new Sixers head coach stated his ambitions to reporters Monday, saying, “Winning is great, but being the winner is the best, and that’s what we’re going to try to do.”
Rather than shooting for a headliner trade involving either Ben Simmons or Joel Embiid, Rivers wants to focus on the duo and build around the pair. Despite doubts following last season’s underachievement, Rivers still holds faith in the young stars.
When met with questions regarding future plans, he simply said, “It clearly works when [Simmons and Embiid] play together.”
The two stars of the Rivers’ predecessor Brett Brown’s era, were vital in “The Process” made famous by Brown. However, Rivers looks to finally act on the process rather than merely ‘trusting’ it as the Sixers have done since drafting Embiid in 2014.
After a long seven years with a Clippers team that failed to reach even the conference finals, a change of scenery may undoubtedly do well for Rivers. In a widely unpredictable eastern conference, don’t count Rivers and the Sixers out on bringing an NBA title to the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ for the first time since 1983.