VIDEO: Doc Rivers Discusses What Makes This Year’s Team Different
The Sixers are coming off a huge win last night over the Grizzlies. It was the first game out of the All-Star break. While it did not start very pretty, it ended in a beautiful fashion. The Sixers have now won 28 of 34 games. And the man coaching this red-hot team, joined The John Kincade Show this morning during their Open House week. He sat down with John, Jamie Lynch, Bob Cooney, and Pat Egan, and here is some of what Doc Rivers had to say.
One of the things they asked him, is what makes this team different from the teams in the past. During this whole era, despite all the regular season success, they have still never escaped the second round. But not only does Doc Rivers think this team could be the one to break that trend. Just doing that is not enough for him.
“We’re better, we are just a better team. And I think we are more mentally tough than we have been in the past… For me it is not about getting to the Eastern Conference Finals, that is too shallow. I am being honest. That is not my goal. Our goal is to win a title. But it is going to be hard. We have Milwaukee in front of us, Boston in front of us. We are good with that. You have to go through something to get something. It is going to be tough sledding. But this team has the best chance since I have been here, and I don’t think it is close.”
And a big reason why they beat the Grizzlies last night, was the Big Man Joel Embiid. Doc Rivers did not hold back his praise for his center. He gave him the biggest compliment a Coach can give a player.
“He is the best talent I have ever coached. And I have coached some pretty good players… Two years ago I don’t know if he could have mentally gotten through the poor shooting. I don’t know if he would have done the rest. Now he is doing more.”