Rivers was Thibodeau’s mentor on the Boston Celtics, so the new Knicks coach will always have Doc’s back.
Tom Thibodeau on Doc Rivers. pic.twitter.com/lgCqhXx8rC
— Steve Popper (@StevePopper) September 29, 2020
Doc Rivers has the most wins as a coach in Clippers franchise history. However, he failed to guide the team past the second round of the NBA playoffs and blew two 3-1 series leads.
Tom Thibodeau has been fired twice in the NBA, once by the Chicago Bulls and the other time by the Minnesota Timberwolves. While the Clippers called the Rivers move a “mutual decision,” multiple reports have stated that Doc was surprised the organization wanted to move on from him.
Rivers may not be out of work for that long, though. He’s been linked to the Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans and Philadelphia 76ers — three NBA teams in need of a new coach.
If Rivers coaches the Rockets, he would be reunited with his son Austin.
While Thibodeau surely feels bad for Rivers, the defensive-minded coach has bigger fish to fry at the moment. He’s trying to bring the Knicks franchise back to prominence, which is easier said than done since New York hasn’t made the NBA playoffs or had a winning record since the 2012-13 season.