By Tommy Matthews

If the Sixers fail miserably in the playoffs, which start Saturday against the Raps at home, what exactly would coach Doc Rivers fate be?

BTW, failing miserably in our view is not reaching the Eastern finals, where they haven’t been since 2001, when they lost to the Lakers in the NBA Finals.

Lots of callers on local sports radio say Rivers should go.

And if he does, here’s where CBSSports.com thinks is possible:


Doc Rivers oversaw another collapse last postseason.

His 76ers, who looked so promising prior to the James Harden acquisition, have slumped badly since the trade deadline.

President of basketball operations Daryl Morey did not hire Rivers, and the two of them approach basketball fairly differently.

If Philadelphia flames out early in the playoffs, Rivers, despite the three years remaining on his contract, is the likeliest scapegoat by far. He is also exactly the sort of candidate all of the major decision-makers in Los Angeles could compromise on.

He’s a big name that has coached in Los Angeles before and is known to be player-friendly.

His questionable rotation choices and aversion to 3-pointers are meaningful arguments against his hiring, and he has no meaningful ties to the organization.

Still, he is the sort of splashy hire that this team tends to favor. If he is available, he will be among the favorites.

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