New 76ers coach Doc Rivers excited to work with Ben Simmons & Joel Embiid



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New 76ers coach Doc Rivers excited to work with Ben Simmons & Joel Embiid

Doc Rivers says he loves coaching but that doesn't mean he would take any offers as he claims the reason why he accepted the Philadelphia 76ers' job was because they're loaded with talent. Rivers, who coached the Los Angeles Clippers from 2013, was fired after the team glowed a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals against the Denver Nuggets.

"I love coaching. I absolutely love it," Rivers said, per ESPN. "But I was not going to just coach anybody, I can tell you that. I was ready to take a break ... it just depended on the team that was available, and if that team in my opinion was ready to win."

"When [general manager Elton Brand] called, it was an easy 'Get on the plane and take a look' for me. You look at these players, these young players, and their potential ... the fact that they've had so much success in so many ways at the ages they are already, and where I think they can go, for me it's a job you just couldn't turn down.

"That's why I'm here. Just really excited about it."

Rivers excited about working with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid

All-Star guard Simmons and All-Star center Embiid are the centerpiece of the 76ers roster.

Many have doubted if Simmons and Embiid a good fit together on the court but Rivers is certain the two can lead the 76ers to success. "They've won 65% of the games they've played," Rivers said, referring to Simmons and Embiid, "so it clearly works when they play together.

... this team is loaded with talent. We just have to figure out how to make it work the best." Embiid, the third overall pick of the 2014 NBA draft, has made the All Star in each of the past three seasons and he is considered as the most dominant big man in the NBA.

"Joel is an amazing talent," Rivers said. "Having coached Kevin Garnett and different guys, [DeAndre Jordan], [Kendrick Perkins], just so many different levels of bigs ... and, in this generation, that level has changed even more now that they're out shooting 3s and, in some cases, even running the offenses of teams.

"I think Joel can do all those things. Watching him on film the last couple days is exciting, I can tell you that. I remember a game, I think it was three years ago, in L.A. that he came in and had a dominant performance. I think he is a dominant big man, and will be a dominant big man for me."