Adrian Griffin has been fired. Doc Rivers next Bucks coach?

Adrian Griffin, head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, was fired today. He was in his second stint with the Bucks, first as head coach. Previously he served as an assistant from 2008 to 2010. Griffin also served on the staffs of the Chicago Bulls, Orlando Magic and Oklahoma City Thunder. He then spent the past five seasons with the Raptors with whom he won the 2019 NBA Championship.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania is reporting the team is working on a deal to make Doc Rivers the Bucks’ new head coach.

The Bucks are second in the East and have a 30-13 record currently. The team had struggled defensively at times this season. He coached a total of 43 games, which is tied for 3rd shortest coaching tenure in NBA history.

Doc Rivers already has a legacy in Milwaukee basketball. He’s one of the top-10 all-time winningest coaches in NBA history. Reports have indicated he’s a frontrunner to take the reins in Milwaukee, where the Bucks have just fired first-year coach Adrian Griffin.

Rivers is ninth on the NBA’s all-time coaching wins list with 1,096 victories, and he’s two shy of Larry Brown for eighth place. Overall, he has .590 winning percentage, with a record of 1,860 wins and 1,097 losses.

Rivers won an NBA championship as head coach of the Boston Celtics in 2007-08. Then he led the Celtics back to the NBA finals in 2009-10. It’s one of four places where he’s been head coach, with 24 years of head-coaching experience.

His most recent stop was Philadelphia, where he was coach from 2020 to 2023. Unfortunately he was fired after the 76ers lost in the conference semifinals to Boston in May.

In the playoffs, Rivers is just 111-104 (.516) with only one title and two NBA Finals appearances in his near-quarter-century of coaching.

Nonetheless, he’s made the playoffs 19 times and missed just five times. One of those seasons was in his rookie year as a coach, when he led Orlando to a .500 record and earned Coach of the Year.

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