Just one day after the Milwaukee Bucks abruptly fired head coach Adrian Griffin, the team named veteran Glenn "Doc" Rivers as his replacement, a move that drew strong reactions from fans. There are rumors on the Fiserv Forum that the Bucks may have been targeting Rivers even before Griffin's dismissal, which upset some fans who claim that it is not fair to treat the coach in such a way.
Rivers, an experienced coach with a championship pedigree, is an undisputed expert in his field. His playing career, which spanned from 1983 to 1996, was impressive, and his coaching record boasts a 2008 NBA title with the Boston Celtics.
He has led a variety of teams to success, from Chris Paul and Blake Griffin's Clippers to the Joel Embiid-powered Sixers. It is impressive that Rivers has 16 consecutive seasons in which he has led teams to a positive performance in the regular season.
However, the Bucks' decision to cut Griffin after a strong 30-13 start, putting them only behind the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference, has angered most fans. Griffin, who was the head coach for the first time, built a good team and the Bucks played really well, but then he was replaced in a rather controversial way.
This sudden course correction, along with the speed of Rivers' arrival, is fueling speculation about the behind-the-scenes play, leaving fans questioning the true nature of the coaching change. Adding to the intrigue is Rivers' personal connection to Wisconsin.
As an alumnus of Marquette University, he brings a touch of family atmosphere to the Bucks bench. We will see soon whether this relationship will turn into success on the field. Milwaukee management is likely relying on Rivers' championship experience and proven leadership.
They believe he can unlock the full potential of Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks' rich roster, finally delivering the elusive Larry O'Brien Trophy to Milwaukee. However, if the new coach does not have success in the next few games, the dissatisfaction of the fans will reach its maximum, which could affect the team itself.