Joel Embiid reacts to Doc Rivers joining Sixers as head coach
Rivers is signing a five-year deal with the Sixers after he and the Los Angeles Clippers parted ways.
— Joel “Troel” Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) October 1, 2020
The Sixers fired Brett Brown after the 2020 playoffs at Walt Disney World ended. The team got swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs, though it is worth mentioning the Sixers were playing without All-Star point forward Ben Simmons.
The former No. 1 overall pick underwent knee surgery after sustaining an injury during the seeding games.
Joel Embiid, one of the best players in the NBA, finished the 2019-20 regular season with averages of 23.0 points, 11.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 51 games. The three-time All-Star, who recently became a dad, shot 47.7 percent from the field, 33.1 percent from beyond the arc and 80.7 percent from the free-throw line.
Now, there will be some Sixers fans who won’t like the Doc Rivers hire since the Clippers blew a 3-1 series lead to the Denver Nuggets in the second round of the 2020 playoffs. Although Rivers is the best coach in Clippers franchise history in terms of wins, he did blow two 3-1 series leads and never led the franchise past the second round.
It will be interesting to see if Rivers wants to make any changes with the Sixers’ roster. Most pundits believe Philly general manager Elton Brand has to trade Al Horford since his presence made the fit between Embiid and Simmons worse than it already was.