The Philadelphia 76ers came into the 2022-23 NBA season regarded as one of the favorites to win a championship.
Thus far, they have disappointed.
The Sixers are presently 1-4 and massively underachieving relative to the amount of talent on the roster. Understandably, as a result, head coach Doc Rivers’ seat is starting to get hot.
This week Zach Lowe spoke on his podcast about Rivers’ future and whether the 76ers would actually fire him.
“Doc Rivers, Bill Simmons has been saying for weeks on his podcast Doc could be the first coach fired,” Lowe said.
“Certainly people are chattering about that in the league ecosystem, but I don’t know how much that chatter is actually reality and this is Daryl Morey’s team. This is this is the [Houston] Rockets reunion tour.
“This is ‘I waited on my long lost love James Harden. I waited and waited and got him back’ this is it. Like this is the team and they’ve just got to be better than this.
“To me, offense is fine. We’ll see, that’s where I give them time, right it takes time to get that snap. Start trying in transition defense because what’s on the floor right now is embarrassing.”
There was a lot of chatter at the end of last year about the Sixers’ players turning on Rivers. All parties involved attempted diminish the validity of those reports, but clearly they were rooted in something real.
Harden’s issues with Rivers, after all, are a matter of public record.
It will be interesting to see where things go from here.
The Boston Celtics proved last year that a team could suck for the entire first half of a season, only to then go on and compete for a title.
It’s not unheard of.
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But these Sixers don’t seem to be cut from the same cloth.
Will Rivers be able to turn things around before it’s too late?
Time will tell.
Jennifer Withers Hoey is a former Business Development Manager who transitioned to writing about sports. With valuable connections all over the West Coast, she has used those contacts to break some of the most interesting stories pertaining to the Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon Ducks, LA Lakers, LA Clippers, Seattle Supersonics (RIP), and more.