Doc Rivers

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Doc Rivers
Boston Celtics
Head Coach
Personal information
Born(1961-10-13) October 13, 1961 (age 50)
Chicago, Illinois
NationalityAmerican
High schoolProviso East
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
CollegeMarquette (1980–1983)
NBA Draft1983 / Round: 2 / Pick: 31st overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Pro career1983–1996
LeagueNBA
Career history
As player:
19831991Atlanta Hawks
1991–1992Los Angeles Clippers
19921994New York Knicks
1994–1996San Antonio Spurs
As coach:
19992003Orlando Magic
2004–presentBoston Celtics
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As coach:

Career NBA statistics
Points9,377 (10.9 ppg)
Assists4,889 (5.7 apg)
Steals1,563 (1.8 spg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
 
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Doc Rivers
Boston Celtics
Head Coach
Personal information
Born(1961-10-13) October 13, 1961 (age 50)
Chicago, Illinois
NationalityAmerican
High schoolProviso East
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
CollegeMarquette (1980–1983)
NBA Draft1983 / Round: 2 / Pick: 31st overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Pro career1983–1996
LeagueNBA
Career history
As player:
19831991Atlanta Hawks
1991–1992Los Angeles Clippers
19921994New York Knicks
1994–1996San Antonio Spurs
As coach:
19992003Orlando Magic
2004–presentBoston Celtics
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As coach:

Career NBA statistics
Points9,377 (10.9 ppg)
Assists4,889 (5.7 apg)
Steals1,563 (1.8 spg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Rivers (center) sits on the sidelines with assistant coaches Tom Thibodeau (right) and Armond Hill (left) in Game 4 of the 2008 NBA Playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks.
Rivers at the championship parade of the 2008 NBA Champions Boston Celtics.

Glenn Anton "Doc" Rivers (born October 13, 1961) is a former professional basketball player and the current head coach of the NBA's Boston Celtics. Rivers was known for his defense while playing in the NBA. His skills as floor general and point guard helped him transition into a coach following his playing career.

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Playing career

Rivers was a McDonald's All-American for Proviso East High School in the Chicago metropolitan area.[1] Rivers represented the United States with the national team in the 1982 FIBA World Championship, in which he was selected as the tournament MVP, despite missing the last shot in the final which could have given the title to his team. After his third season at Marquette University, Rivers was drafted in the second round (31st overall[2]) of the 1983 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. He graduated from Marquette while completing course work as an NBA player. He spent the next seven seasons as a starter in Atlanta, assisting star Dominique Wilkins as the team found great regular-season success. He averaged a double-double for the 1986–87 season with 12.8 points and 10.0 assists per game. Rivers later spent one year as a starter for the Los Angeles Clippers and two more for the New York Knicks, before finishing his career as a bench player for the San Antonio Spurs.

Coaching career

Orlando Magic (1999–2003)

Rivers began his coaching career with the Orlando Magic in 1999, where he coached for more than four NBA seasons. Rivers won the Coach of the Year award in 2000 after his first year with the Magic. That season, he led the team that was picked to finish last in the league to a near playoff berth. He made the post-season in his next three years as coach, but was fired in 2003 after a disastrous start to the season.

Boston Celtics (2004–present)

After spending a year working as a commentator for the NBA on ABC (calling the 2004 Finals with Al Michaels), he took over the Boston Celtics coaching position in 2004. During his first years with the Celtics, he was criticized by many in the media for his coaching style, most vociferously by ESPN's Bill Simmons, who in 2006 publicly called for Rivers to be fired in his columns.

As a result of the Celtics' 109–93 victory over the New York Knicks on January 21, 2008, Rivers, as the coach of the team with the best winning percentage in the Eastern Conference, earned the honor to coach the East for the 2008 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans.[3] On June 17, 2008, Rivers won his first NBA Championship as a head coach,[4] although the Celtics needed an NBA record 26 post-season games to win it. By a strange twist of fate, Rivers played for the team that held the previous record for most games played in a single post-season: the 1994 New York Knicks played 25 post-season games.

After deliberating between leaving the job and returning to spend more time with his family in Orlando, Rivers finally decided that he would honor the last year of his contract and return for the 2010–11 season.[5]

On May 13, 2011, after months of rumors that he would retire, ESPN reported that the Celtics and Rivers agreed upon a 5-year contract extension worth $35 million.[6][7]

Personal

Rivers is the nephew of former NBA player Jim Brewer. He lives in Orlando, Florida with his wife Kristen and their four children.[2] His oldest son Jeremiah played basketball for Georgetown University before transferring to play for Indiana University,[8] while his daughter Callie played volleyball for the University of Florida.[9] Rivers also has a younger son, Austin Rivers, who played one year at guard for Duke University before being drafted by the New Orleans Hornets with the 10th pick of the 2012 NBA Draft. Doc Rivers is the cousin of former NBA guard Byron Irvin and former MLB outfielder Ken Singleton.[10]

Rivers was given his nickname by then-Marquette assistant coach Rick Majerus. Rivers attended a summer basketball camp wearing a "Dr. J" T-shirt. Majerus immediately called him "Doc" and the players at camp followed suit. The name has stuck ever since.[11]

Other work

He is also currently a member of the National Advisory Board for Positive Coaching Alliance, a national non-profit organization that helps student-athletes and their coaches.[12] Rivers has appeared in several videos for this organization, all of which can be found on the group's YouTube channel.[13]

Head coaching record

TeamYearGWLW–L%FinishPGPWPLPW–L%Result
ORL1999–00824141.5004th in AtlanticMissed Playoffs
ORL2000–01824339.5244th in Atlantic413.250Lost in First Round
ORL2001–02824438.5373rd in Atlantic413.250Lost in First Round
ORL2002–03824240.5124th in Atlantic734.429Lost in First Round
ORL2003–0411110.091(fired)
BOS2004–05824537.5491st in Atlantic734.429Lost in First Round
BOS2005–06823349.4023rd in AtlanticMissed Playoffs
BOS2006–07822458.2935th in AtlanticMissed Playoffs
BOS2007–08826616.8051st in Atlantic261610.615Won NBA Championship
BOS2008–09826220.7561st in Atlantic1477.500Lost in Conf. Semifinals
BOS2009–10825032.6101st in Atlantic24159.625Lost in NBA Finals
BOS2010–11825626.6831st in Atlantic954.556Lost in Conf. Semifinals
BOS2011–12663927.5911st in Atlantic20119.550Lost in Conf. Finals
Total979546433.5581156253.539
Legend
Regular seasonGGames coachedWGames wonLGames lostW–L %Win-loss  %
Post seasonPGPlayoff GamesPWPlayoff WinsPLPlayoff LossesPW–L %Playoff Win-loss  %

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