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NBA champion coach Doc Rivers on whether he misses his old job: ‘Let the season go on, and I’ll find that out’

Doc Rivers retired as a player from the NBA following the 1995–96 season, and a few years later he transitioned to coaching, joining the Orlando Magic as head coach ahead of the 1999-2000 season. 

Rivers would spend more than two decades on an NBA sideline during his coaching stints with four teams. He coached the Boston Celtics to a championship in 2008. Rivers’ run with the Philadelphia 76ers came to an end after the 2022-23 season, and he was then hired by ESPN. He will serve as an analyst on ESPN/ABC’s top broadcast team.

The former Los Angeles Clippers coach already has experience calling NBA games on television, as he worked alongside play-by-play announcer Al Michaels in 2004.

But he also made it clear that coaching won’t be on his mind when he is broadcasting games — no matter what people may read into his comments.

“Sometimes that can be critical. But as long as it’s honest and coming from the right place, I’ve always been able to live with that,” Rivers said. “It’s going to be unpopular at times, but at the end of the day, I want people to enjoy the game.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Chantz Martin is a sports writer for Fox News Digital.

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