Larry Brown reacts to Doc Rivers’ hiring by the Philadelphia 76ers

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Larry Brown believes Doc Rivers will help the Philadelphia 76ers’ talented core to prosper the next few seasons. The Sixers appointed Rivers in their head coaching vacancy, after Brett Brown parted ways with the franchise.

The former Sixers’ head coach, who led the team to its last NBA Finals appearance, claimed Rivers is the perfect coach for Philly in an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“Doc is the perfect kind of guy for Philly in their situation,” Brown said. “When you look at Doc’s background being in Orlando, Boston and the Clippers, he had to take over different kinds of programs with different kinds of personnel and I thought he did a great job maximizing everybody’s talent. I think Sixers fans should be very excited.”

The former Clippers’ coach signed a five-year deal with the Sixers. Rivers was thinking of settling down from NBA coaching for a bit, after seven seasons in LA, but, as he said in his introductory press conference, he couldn’t say no to the idea of working with prominent talented players like Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

Rivers guided the Celtics to the 2008 NBA championship, and played point guard in the NBA for 13 seasons, making one All-Star team.