Doc Rivers is out as the Sixers’ coach. The news broke at about 11:12 on Tuesday, just two days after his team had an embarrassing collapse vs the Celtics. the Sixers were up 3-2, with a chance to end the series at home. They blew that chance in game 6. And then in game 7, they got blown out of the water. So Doc Rivers is out. Ending his 3-year run as the team’s coach.
Shortly after that news broke, ESPN’s Tim Legler joined The Anthony Gargano Show to react to the news. And while he did not think Doc Rivers was solely at fault, he did say that Doc Rivers was part of the problem for that collapse.
“You have a chance to close it out at home — the biggest game the franchise has played in 20 years — and you don’t dictate where the ball goes, that falls on the head coach.”
But the problem goes beyond Doc Rivers. Tim Legler also spoke about the heat Joel Embiid deserves for this. He talked about the excuses Joel Embiid was making after game 6, and how he had never heard a Super Star blame not getting touches for poor play before. And spoke about how Joel Embiid needs to take the blame for this going forward.
“If he considers himself to be blameless in all of this, that’s a really bad place to be moving forward.”
On top of that, he spoke about James Harden’s issues. Legler talked about Joel Embiid feeling pressure because he knew James Harden was not going to step up. And how James Harden has put them into a tough position going forward.
“You let him leave? That’s not a great option. You give him the money? That’s not a great option.”
You can listen to the full conversation between Anthony Gargano and Tim Legler below
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