The Philadelphia 76ers once again made the playoffs this year.
And, once again, they came up short.
The team was recently eliminated from the postseason by the Miami Heat, another stinging defeat for the Philly squad and its lead star, Joel Embiid.
Many people expected that the 76ers could go all the way this year.
They were playing better than they had in years and seemed determined, driven, and ready to fight it out to the end.
But anyone paying attention to the recent history of head coach Doc Rivers shouldn’t have been surprised by their loss in the second round.
It’s now been 10 years since Doc Rivers made it out of the 2nd round.
In that time, he’s coached Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and James Harden.
— Joey Linn (@joeylinn_) May 13, 2022
As Joey Linn on Twitter pointed out, Rivers has been stuck in the first couple of rounds of the playoffs for years now.
It’s actually been ten years since a team headed by Rivers has made it out of the second round.
It’s not for lack of talent though.
Is Rivers cursed or can he just not figure out how to lead his teams to the promised land?
In The Hot Seat
There has been a lot of speculation about the future of Rivers.
More than a few 76ers fans are calling on Rivers to be fired after a disappointing end to a promising season.
Yet, inside reports say that Rivers’ job is safe – for now.
However, if he doesn’t help the 76ers make it even further in the playoffs next year, you can bet he will be given the heave-ho.
Because of his experience, expertise, and track record, he was brought on to help the 76ers win a championship.
Anything less than that will be a disappointment and, therefore, reason to fire him.