Fans of the franchise have wanted the version of Rivers who led his Boston Celtics to the Finals and postseason dominance for multiple seasons.
Instead, they have had a version of Rivers who has come up short again and again.
This year, they are pleading with Rivers to change things up and direct the squad in a new way.
Doc Rivers says this will be more of a stagger group between Embiid, Harden, Maxey and Harris, with the goal to keep two of them on the court as much as possible. Doesn't anticipate this being a situation where he tries to have the starters minutes tied to each other.
— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) October 13, 2022
Maybe he was listening to those pleas.
Rivers said that this season’s 76ers will be more of a “stagger group” with Joel Embiid, James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, and Tobias Harris not always playing together at the same time, although two of them will always be on the court as much as possible.
This is definitely a new approach for Rivers, who has been attempting to us all of the team’s firepower at once for the last few years.
This, along with the team’s great offseason and preseason success, could help Philly get across the finish line.
Why is it so smart to stagger the team like Rivers plans to?
It allows teammates to rest and it also gives the team more depth, making it harder for opponents to dominate at any one time.
It will also make players stronger and more self-reliant.
All in all, it will make the 76ers a well-rounded team and that’s very exciting for the fans.
The last week of preseason games has been terrific for the 76ers, seeing them claim a 4-0 record.
Everyone has been playing quite well, not just the team’s biggest stars.
Philly has promise and followers of the team have never been so excited for a regular season to start.