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Doc Rivers
Doc Rivers
Rivers during a Clippers/Suns game in November 2015.
Milwaukee Bucks
Position: Head Coach
League: NBA
Personal information
Born October 13, 1961 (1961-10-13) (age 62)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Coaching career
Best record 66–16 (2008–09)
Titles 1 (2008)
Coaching career 1999–present (25 years)
Career information
High school Proviso East (Maywood, Illinois)
College Marquette (1980-1983)
NBA Draft 1983 / Round: 1 / Pick: 31st overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career 1983–1996 (13 years)
Career history

As player:

19831991 Atlanta Hawks
1991–1992 Los Angeles Clippers
19921994 New York Knicks
19941996 San Antonio Spurs

As coach:

19992004 Orlando Magic
20042013 Boston Celtics
20132020 Los Angeles Clippers
20202023 Philadelphia 76ers
2024–present Milwaukee Bucks
Career highlights and awards

As player:

  • NBA All-Star (1988)
  • J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (1990)
  • No. 31 retired by Marquette
  • USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (1982)
  • Mr. Basketball USA (1980)

As coach:

Glenn Anton "Doc" Rivers (born October 13, 1961) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

As an NBA point guard, Rivers was known for his defense, a trait that has carried over into his coaching. He served as the head coach of the Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, and the Philadelphia 76ers, winning the NBA Finals with the Celtics in 2008.


Playing career[]

After representing the United States with the national team in the 1982 FIBA World Championship, in which he was selected as the tournament MVP, and graduating from Marquette University, Rivers was drafted in the second round (31st overall[1]) of the 1983 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks, moving into the starting lineup due to injury during his rookie season. He spent the next seven seasons as a starter in Atlanta, assisting star Dominique Wilkins as the team found great regular season success. He averaged a double-double for the 1986-87 season, scoring 12.4 points and helping out with 10.0 assists per game. Rivers later spent one year as a starter for the Los Angeles Clippers and two more for the New York Knicks, before finishing out his career as a solid bench player for the San Antonio Spurs.

Coaching career[]

Rivers began his coaching career with the Orlando Magic in 1999, where he coached for more than four NBA seasons. Rivers won the Coach of the Year award in 2000 after his first year with the Magic. That season, he led the team that was picked to finish last in the league to a near playoff berth. He made the post season in his next three years as coach, but was fired in 2003 after a disastrous start to the season. After spending a year working as a commentator for The NBA on ABC (calling the 2004 Finals with Al Michaels), he took over the Boston Celtics coaching position in 2004.

As a result of the Celtics' 109-93 victory over the New York Knicks on January 21, 2008, Rivers, as the coach of the team with the best winning percentage in the Eastern Conference, earned the honor to coach the East for the 2008 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans.[2] On June 17, 2008, Rivers won his first NBA Championship as a head coach.[3]


Rivers is the nephew of former NBA player Jim Brewer. He lives in Orlando Florida with his wife Kristen Rivers and their four children.[1] His oldest son Jeremiah played basketball for Georgetown University before transferring to play for Indiana University,[4] while his daughter Callie plays volleyball for the University of Florida.[5] Rivers also has a younger son, Austin, who at 6'3" plays guard, and has verbally committed to the University of Florida men's basketball team. Austin Rivers is considered a top 10 basketball prospect in the class of 2011.[6][7] Doc Rivers is the cousin of former NBA guard Byron Irvin and former MLB outfielder Ken Singleton.[8]

Rivers was given his nickname by then-Marquette assistant coach Rick Majerus. Rivers attended a summer basketball camp wearing "Dr. J" T-shirt. Majerus immediately called him "Doc" and the players at camp followed suit. The name has stuck ever since.Template:Fact


External links[]

Boston Celtics 2007–08 season roster
5 Gаrnett • 9 Rondo • 11 Davis • 13 Pruitt • 20 R. Allen • 28 Cassell • 34 Pierce • 41 Posey • 42 T. Allen • 43 Perkins • 44 Scalabrine • 50 House • 66 Pollard • 93 Brown • 0 Powe
Players who left during the season
Head coach: Doc Rivers
Regular SeasonPlayoffsFinals
Boston Celtics 2008–09 season roster
4 Giddens • 5 Gаrnett • 8 Marbury • 9 Rondo • 11 Davis • 12 Moore • 13 Pruitt • 20 R. Allen • 34 Pierce • 42 T. Allen • 43 Perkins • 44 Scalabrine • 50 House • 66 Pollard • 0 Powe
Players who left during the season
Head coach: Doc Rivers
Regular SeasonPlayoffsFinals
Boston Celtics 2009–10 season roster
4 Giddens • 5 Gаrnett • 9 Rondo • 11 Davis • 20 R. Allen • 30 Wallace • 34 Pierce • 40 Finley • 42 T. Allen • 43 Perkins • 44 Scalabrine • 52 Daniels • 60 Hudson • 84 Robinson • 94 Williams
Players who left during the season
Head coach: Doc Rivers
Regular SeasonPlayoffsFinals