In his 21st season as a head coach in the NBA, Doc Rivers has had a lot of success during his coaching career. He’s looking to get back to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010.
Doc Rivers has had a lot of success over the years
Rivers began his coaching career in 1999 when he took over as head coach of the Orlando Magic for the 1999-00 season. In his first season as head coach, he finished with a 41-41 record. He coached the Magic from 1999 to 2004. The Magic made three straight playoff appearances during Rivers time there. He was fired during the 2003-04 season after 11 games. After his time in Orlando, he became head coach of the Boston Celtics in 2004.
During his time in Boston, the Celtics became one of the top teams in the league. After the team finished 24-58 during the 2006-07 season, significant changes were made as the team acquired NBA stars, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. The Celtics quickly became a championship-contending team, and they finished the 2007-08 season with a 66-16 record. With Rivers as head coach, he knew how to put the right lineup on the floor and make the right decisions to put his team in the best position to win games.
The Celtics went on to win the 2008 NBA title defeating the Lakers. Boston would make it back to the NBA Finals in 2010 but fell to the Lakers in a competitive series. Rivers helped turn the franchise into a dominant team again. He joined the Clippers in 2013 and has led the team to six playoff appearances. This could be the year the Clippers win their first title in franchise history.
Seth Curry joining the Dallas Mavericks for the second time
This is Curry’s second stint with the Mavericks after spending the 2018-19 season with the Portland Trail Blazers. During the 2016-17 season, he played with Dallas for the first time in his career. He played in 70 games and averaged a career-high 12.8 points and shot 42.5 percent from beyond the arc. Curry has bounced around the NBA ever since he entered the league. He’ll look to make a home in Dallas as a key player of the bench.
Through 64 games during the 2019-20 regular season, Curry averaged 12.4 points and shot 45.2 percent from deep. He’s making his second playoff appearance with Dallas and will look to help his team advance to the second round of the playoffs.
Doc Rivers and Seth Curry have a family connection
In 2019, Curry married Callie Rivers, the daughter of Doc Rivers. Curry is no longer just a player on the opposing team that Rivers is coaching against, but Curry is Rivers’ son-in-law. Rivers already has his son, Austin, who’s currently a member of the Houston Rockets and was once a member of the Clippers.
Rivers could possibly coach against his son and son-in-law during the 2020 NBA playoffs. It would be interesting to see what the conversations are like between them when they gather for holidays. You have to think that some type of basketball is discussed, especially with the guys in the family.