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Following the Philadelphia 76ers’ loss to the Miami Heat in an elimination game on Thursday night, head coach Doc Rivers was asked about his job status.
Rivers told reporters he thought he was doing well at his position and believed the 76ers were outperforming expectations with Joel Embiid playing like an MVP another year. However, the 99-90 loss to the Heat leaves Philadelphia watching the rest of the postseason on TV.
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“I don’t worry about my job. I think I do a terrific job and if you don’t then you should write it. I work my butt off to get this team here,” Rivers said. “When I first got here, no one picked us to be anywhere. And again this year, the same thing. If that’s how anyone feels, write it.
“Every time you’re wrong, should you lose your job? No. So, it’s the same thing. If you believe that, then go with it. I know what I did this year and I feel very good about that.”
For what it’s worth, Rivers took over a team that made it to the Eastern Conference semifinals two consecutive years before losing in the first round of the bubble playoffs in 2020. In his first season, the team made it to the conference semifinals as well before losing to the Atlanta Hawks.
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Rivers’ defense didn’t stop 76ers fans from tweeting about Jay Wright. The men’s college basketball coach, who stepped down from his head coaching position at Villanova, appeared to be tapped by the fans to replace Rivers.
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Philadelphia hasn’t made it to the conference finals since 2001 under Larry Brown with Allen Iverson running the offense.