The Philadelphia 76ers won’t be on the hunt for a new head coach over the offseason. At a press conference Friday following Philadelphia’s season-ending Game 6 loss to the Miami Heat, Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey announced that Doc Rivers will return as the team’s coach next season.
Rivers took over for Brett Brown ahead of the 2020-21 NBA season, and he has led the Sixers to two consecutive Eastern Conference semifinal appearances. He has so far been unable to lead the team to its first conference finals appearance since 2001, but the organization is still clearly confident in his ability to do so. There was some swirling speculation that Rivers could be replaced if the Sixers were unable to make it to at least the conference finals this season, but the organization maintained all season that Rivers’ job wasn’t in jeopardy.
While the Sixers won’t have to search for a new coach, they will certainly have to look to upgrade the roster around MVP runner-up Joel Embiid. Philadelphia’s depth was exposed in the series against Miami, and bolstering the bench should be a priority for the team in the coming months.