Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers couldn’t care less what his haters say about him starting DeAndre Jordan in the absence of Joel Embiid. However, that won’t stop people from criticizing him.
After he was lambasted for opting to give Jordan the start in Game 1 of their playoffs series against the Miami Heat, Rivers went to his postgame presser to defend the decision. He event went as far as to saying that things won’t change whatever other people say about them.
“We like DJ. We’re gonna keep starting him whether you like it or not,” Rivers declared, per Ky Carlin of USA Today.
Of course it sparked another wave of criticisms from Sixers fans and just plain confusion among the general NBA populace. After all, it’s not like DeAndre Jordan transformed into Joel Embiid in Game 1, with the Sixers actually losing and the veteran center registering a horrible plus-minus of -22.
Jordan scored just four points in the game in 17 minutes of play, all while gathering two rebounds and two blocks.
OH MY GOD😂 https://t.co/12VNlmNbcc
— KENNY BEECHAM (@KOT4Q) May 3, 2022
While DeAndre Jordan can still contribute, it’s easy to see where fans are coming from. He just isn’t starter material anymore, and given that the Sixers are up against an elite center in Bam Adebayo, Doc Rivers could have opted to play their younger guys like Paul Reed.
However, Rivers seems firm on his decision to keep DeAndre Jordan in the starting unit.
Doc Rivers got me fucking hot I don’t want him to Coach us anymore
— Vale Loc ♿️ (@Mahliek18) May 3, 2022
I love this from Doc. Not because I think DJ is the right choice but because he’s reached a whole new level of petty and I’m trying to manifest this!! Doc Rivers and Mark Jackson love all in one night from me and I’m stone sober. https://t.co/fBb8hkduvg
— Unwavering Wolves Guy (@chelangason) May 3, 2022
Maybe Rivers still believes he can get that DJ he had during his Lob City era with the Los Angeles Clippers? Or maybe he just knows what to expect from the big man? As it currently stands, it’s really anybody’s guess.
For now, though, Sixers fans shouldn’t expect anything to change come Game 2.