Clippers’ Doc Rivers climbs to 12th on NBA all-time coaching wins list
The Los Angeles Clippers managed to edge out the Philadelphia 76ers in a tight contest, 136-130, thanks to the stellar play of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George as well as the coaching acumen of Do Rivers. However, there’s more to this game that it just being a big win over a tough Eastern Conference foe.
Mirjam Swanson of the Southern California News Group reported that this is Rivers’ 935th career win, seeing him rise up the all-time wins list for head coaches. This helps further establish his legacy as one of the best coaches the game has ever seen.
Oh, also: Today’s win is Doc Rivers’ 935th career victory which moves him into a tie with Dick Motta for 12th on the NBA’s all-time wins list.
— Mirjam Swanson (@MirjamSwanson) March 1, 2020
This is an incredible achievement for Rivers, who has established himself as one of the best coaches to ever set foot on an NBA sideline since starting his career at the turn of the century. Through the 20 years he’s been coaching, he’s made it clear that he is one of the best when it comes to turning teams into contenders.
The latest testament to his coaching acumen was the incredible run of the 2018-19 Clippers. There were no stars in that roster with Lou Williams and Danilo Gallinari being the biggest scorers for that squad. However, they were able to play exciting basketball and made the Golden State Warriors sweat for their Finals run.
He did the same thing with the Orlando Magic in 1999-00. He helped a weak Orlando Magic team reach the playoffs, helping him win Coach of the Year honors in his rookie campaign as an NBA head coach. After his five year stint with the Magic, he helped lead the Boston Celtics to a NBA title in 2008.
With the way he’s been coaching, it’s very unlikely that he’ll stop winning any time soon. With such a stacked Clippers team at his beck and command, it’s not impossible to see him reach the 1000-win mark.