And, keep in mind, they don’t just need Rivers to manage personalities here. I have not the slightest clue how Rivers will designate Simmons positionally.
, Rivers is a member of the National Advisory Board for Positive Coaching Alliance, a national non-profit organization that helps student-athletes and their coaches. Rivers-coached teams have underperformed in the playoffs repeatedly, he’s overseen multiple fractured locker rooms, and he’s the only coach to ever blow three 3-1 series leads. Majerus called him "Doc" and the players at camp followed suit.
Across the league, respect for Rivers is universal. November 17, 2003: Fired as Head Coach by the Orlando Magic. A lot of people criticized the lack of defense of his team, and by 2006, there were demands that he would be fired and players asked to be traded. After his third season at Marquette University, Rivers was drafted in the second round (31st overall) of the 1983 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks. In regards to Ben Simmons, I don’t see Rivers helping him as much as D’Antoni (whose run and gun style fits Simmons perfectly) or even Ty Lue (who coached Simmons’ mentor in Cleveland) would’ve. Rivers is a cousin of former NBA guard Byron Irvin and former MLB outfielder Ken Singleton.  On June 17, 2008, Rivers won his first NBA Championship as a head coach after defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in six games.
Falling short in the playoffs, failing to lead a functioning locker room, and blowing leads are three problems the Sixers have already faced quite a bit. Rivers is the nephew of former NBA player Jim Brewer. He graduated from Marquette while completing course work as an NBA player. He had also played for this team in his active career. But, although Rivers doesn’t allow any contradictions, he is close with his players. However, he continued to split responsibility for basketball matters with executive vice president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank. He played as a point guard in the NBA and was known for his defense, a trait that has carried over into his coaching. Five years after his championship, Rivers was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers for a first round pick, because he didn’t want to be part of a big rebuild. (1:35) Richard Jefferson breaks down how Doc Rivers' coaching style fits with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons … In Boston, they popularized the ICE coverage on side pick and rolls, but that’s been ubiquitous for nearly a decade now.  On August 27, 2014, he signed a new five-year contract with the Clippers.. The Sixers have not announced that Rivers will have any sort of personnel control, but if he has any input, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Sixers go after some of his former players.