Doc Rivers Agrees To Become Head Coach Of 76ers

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Rivers talked with general manager Elton Brand during the day and met with the team's ownership at night.

Former Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who unexpectedly parted ways with the Clippers earlier this week, has accepted a job to coach the Philadelphia 76ers, according to sources with knowledge of the deal. It also means he'll return to the Atlantic Division, where he'll be a principal rival of the Boston Celtics, with whom Rivers won an National Basketball Association title in 2008 as coach.

Rivers had been intrigued enough with the roster, marketplace and organization to fly from the West Coast to sit down with Philadelphia's hierarchy. Philadelphia hasn't won an National Basketball Association championship since 1983.

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In seven seasons with the Clippers, Rivers went 356-208, setting franchise records for wins, playoff appearances and winning percentage. If one thing is for sure, though, Philly convinced Rivers that they had the best shot at earning him a second ring, as the Houston Rockets were also reportedly in the mix for the head coach's services as well. His teams, however, twice squandered 3-1 leads in the Western Conference semifinals, including this year against Denver. He has plenty of knowledge about the game of basketball and would be an ideal addition to Doc Rivers' staff on the Sixers.

The Sixers fired Brett Brown as head coach after the playoffs finished and the team arrived back to Philadelphia.

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