Lakers interested in Doc Rivers if Sixers fire him

Could Doc Rivers be on the move after Philadelphia were knocked out of the playoffs by Miami in six games?

According to several reports, the Lakers are eyeing Rivers as a potential candidate for their head coaching spot.

Ahead of the Sixers’ collapse in Thursday’s Eastern Conference semifinals series, Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke said earlier this week he believed the Lakers wanted to “bring Doc back.”

That comes after The Times published Plaschke’s hour-long interview with Lakers owner Jeanie Buss, who expressed frustration at the state of the team – which parted ways with former head coach Frank Vogel in April after the Lakers failed to make the playoffs.

After Philadelphia’s 99-90 loss in Game 6, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst told Get Up that the Lakers are “watching closely” developments in Philadelphia over the next few days because they “will definitely be interested” if Rivers being fired by the Sixers.

A few hours later, Stephen A. Smith said on “First Take” that he had heard that Rivers would “survive” the Philadelphia coaching.

Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers during the game
Doc Rivers could have a landing spot with the Lakers when his 76ers time is up.
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The Lakers have already interviewed or requested interviews from at least six candidates, including Nets assistant Kenny Atkinson, Mark Jackson, Terry Stotts, Adrian Griffin and Bucks assistants Darvin Ham and Charles Lee.

Rivers’ post-game comments were quite scathing for some fans, who essentially believed he abandoned his team in the playoff.

“I came to the conclusion at the end of that game that we weren’t good enough to beat Miami.” said rivers, who drew his starters late in Game 6.

When asked whether or not he thought about job security after the loss, a confident Rivers said he wasn’t worried.

“I think I’m doing a great job, and if you’re not doing it, you should write it.” he said. “I’m working my ass off to get this team here… Should you lose your job every time you’re wrong? no So it’s the same. If you believe that, then join us. I know what I’ve done this year and I feel really good about it.” Lakers interested in Doc Rivers if Sixers fire him


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