NBA: Good Chance Ex-Celtics Coach Doc Rivers Takes This Job

Doc Rivers will reportedly watch some NBA games this coming season, but not as a coach.

Chad Finn from The Boston Globe suggests that Rivers, who the Philadelphia 76ers fired in May, has a “good chance” of joining ESPN’s top NBA broadcast crew for the 2023-24 season.

According to reports, Rivers will collaborate with veteran commentator Doris Burke and seasoned play-by-play announcer Mike Breen. Following the firing of color commentator Jeff Van Gundy last month, ESPN had an opening on the roster.

It would be Rivers’ first NBA season without a coaching position since the 1998–99 season if he did don a headset for the Worldwide Leader. The 61-year-old began his coaching career in 1999 with the Orlando Magic before having spells with the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, and Philadelphia 76ers. With the C’s in 2008, Rivers—the NBA Coach of the Year in 2000—won a title.

Rivers’ family may include additional members who have found new basketball jobs this season in addition to him.

The Celtics are reportedly interested in signing Austin, the son of the veteran coach, who is currently a free agent. The team’s guard depth took a hit when they traded Marcus Smart last month.

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