Playing for Doc Rivers and Brett Brown is like night and day, as far as Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris is concerned. Guesting on the “The Jalen & Jacoby Podcast” on Thursday (via Ky Carlin of the Sixers Wire), the 28-year-old shooter detailed how important Rivers was to the Sixers’ growth, which has translated to the amount of success they have early on.
“I would say, it’s just been a transition for our whole team. I think we grew from last year to this year just in terms of maturity, and then you bring coach Doc in and Doc, he warrants respect the minute he walks in the door, and he’s a coach that, for this team, he’s always pushing us each and every day,” he said.
“Win or loss we’re trying to find something in a different way to get better. He just has guys locked in. … So he’s holding us to that standard each and every game that we play and it’s been a pleasure to be back with Doc, and to be coached by him this season. I’m having a lot of fun and so are the guys.”
Brett Brown’s coaching resume pales in comparison with Doc Rivers’, who already won an NBA title with the Boston Celtics in 2008. Tobias Harris understands this firsthand and isn’t shy to admit how great the Sixers have been after Brown was ousted in favor of Doc in the offseason.
Rivers even managed to take Harris’ game to the next level, as the 6-foot-8 stretch four is notching a career-best 20.8 points per game along with 7.7 rebounds.
The trigger-happy forward is the Sixers’ second-leading scorer behind Joel Embiid, making 51.8% of his shots from the floor and 42.6% from long distance. The Sixers currently hold the best record in the Eastern Conference, as of this writing, in Doc’s first year coaching the team.