In the upcoming NBA season, Doc Rivers will be on the sidelines, but not as a coach.
According to The Boston Globe’s Chad Finn, Rivers, who was fired by the Philadelphia 76ers in mid-May, has a good chance of joining ESPN’s top NBA broadcast crew for 2023-24. ESPN needed to fill a vacancy after laying off color commentator Jeff Van Gundy last month, so Rivers will work with longtime play-by-play voice Mike Breen and veteran analyst Doris Burke.
This will be Rivers’ first NBA season without a coaching job since 1998-99 if he does indeed wear a headset for the Worldwide Leader. After leaving Turner as a TV reporter, the 61-year-old commenced his coaching career with the Orlando Magic in 1999 and worked with the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, and 76ers. In 2008, Rivers won the NBA championship with the C’s after winning the 2000 Coach of the Year award.
It is also possible that Rivers will not be the only one in his family with a new basketball job this year. After trading Marcus Smart last month, the Celtics have been interested in Austin, the son of the longtime coach, who is currently a free agent.
About Doc Rivers :
Glenn Anton “Doc” Rivers (born October 13, 1961) is an American professional basketball coach and former player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played in the NBA for 14 seasons and served as a head coach for 25 seasons.