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Los Angeles Lakers keeping an eye on Doc Rivers' availability

The Los Angeles Lakers have added more names to their shortlist of coaching prospects.
Lakers keeping an eye on Doc Rivers' availability

Apart from other coaches in the mix, the Lakers are also looking to add Rivers to their list of prospects

The Los Angeles Lakers are in the middle of a coaching hunt. The names Darvin Ham, Terry Stotts, and Kenny Atkinson have reportedly made the shortlist and are set for an interview soon. The latest rumors reveal that the Lakers front office may be looking at more prospects, including Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers.

Keeping tabs on Doc

Apart from the names mentioned above, Toronto's Adrian Griffin and Milwaukee's Charles Lee have been added to the shortlist. Per Marc Stein, the Lakers are also looking to add Rivers to their list of prospects.

"Suspicions persist in league coaching circles that the Lakers have not completely abandoned hope that Philadelphia's Doc Rivers becomes unexpectedly available — despite the recent insistence from Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey that Rivers will be back in Philly next season," Stein wrote.

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Rivers added another stain to his coaching resume after the 76ers were booted out from the playoffs in six games by the Miami Heat. Fans and analysts were quick to assume that Rivers was on his way out of Philly after another disappointing postseason campaign. But 76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey immediately ended such rumors before they even had a chance to bloom.

"I just think he's a great coach," Morey said during the exit interviews. "I love working with him. I feel like I'm learning from him. I think [general manager] Elton [Brand] and I and him make a great team, and we're gonna see where this journey takes us," Morey said, per ESPN.

What are the Lakers doing?

It's quite surprising to see that the Lakers have their eyes on Rivers and the Philly situation. Doc's mediocre performance over the last few seasons doesn't seem to have damaged his reputation, at least in the eyes of the Purple and Gold front office.

An argument could be made that Rivers should be unemployable right now. Joel Embiid is literally playing the best basketball of his career. The Sixers did everything to move on from the Ben Simmons drama by acquiring James Harden — easily one of the best players in the NBA. Yet Rivers once again sabotaged everything.

Perhaps it's a blessing in disguise that Morey still sees value in Rivers. If the executive fired Rivers right then and there, the Lakers would've hired him on the spot. Once again, it would be met by rage by the Lakers fateful. They would point out Rivers' failings in the past and how he's not a championship-caliber coach. Sure, Rivers has the skill to guide any team to the playoffs. But the Lakers fans are never satisfied with mediocre playoff campaigns like Doc. 

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