The Sixers have fired Doc Rivers. Something we all saw coming after the team’s embarrassing performance on Sunday. Losing at home in game 6 with a chance to clinch the series was bad enough. But playing that poorly and getting run off the floor in game 7 sealed the deal. Early Tuesday, Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news that Doc Rivers was out as the Sixers coach.
To get some insight into what is next, Anthony Gargano talked to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. Who will be the next coach? Where do the Sixers go from here? Ramona weighed in on that and more. Starting with how awful the game 7 performance was.
“There were so many good signs and then they just quit at the end. I can’t defend that at all.”
She also weighed in on how the relationship between James Harden and Doc Rivers never really worked.
“The Harden and Doc Rivers thing was never great.”
There was a report out yesterday that James Harden would not return to Philly if Doc Rivers was still the coach. But it is unclear if that played any part in the Sixers’ decision to fire Doc. All season Woj has been indicating that Harden was very interested in returning to Houston this offseason. We will have to wait and see if that will be the case. But Ramona Shelburne did weigh in on what coach hiring could compel Harden to stay, if that is what the Sixers want.
“If you are going with James Harden until the end… Why not just get the guy that makes him work the best.” – on the idea of the Sixers keeping James Harden and hiring Mike D’Antoni.
The Sixers will have a lot of decisions to make, even beyond who to hire to replace Doc Rivers. Harden will be one of those choices. What to do with Tobias Harris will be another.
You can listen to Anthony’s full conversation with Ramona Shelburne below…
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