The Milwaukee Bucks fired head coach Adrian Griffin after just 43 games.
The move came two days after the Bucks’ season ended with a 109-99 loss to Detroit in the first round of the playoffs. Griffin was an assistant coach with the Bucks for the past four seasons.
The Milwaukee Bucks have hired Doc Rivers as their new head coach, replacing Adrian Griffin. Rivers, who most recently coached the Los Angeles Clippers, has a long and successful coaching career in the NBA. He has a career record of 943-681 and has won one NBA championship with the Boston Celtics in 2008.
The Bucks were reportedly impressed with Rivers’ experience and winning track record, as well as his ability to connect with players and develop young talent. He is also known for his strong defensive principles, something the Bucks struggled with in their series against the Heat. Rivers will have the opportunity to coach reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo as the Bucks look to bounce back and make a deep playoff run in the upcoming season.
Rivers has made a habit of having highly talented teams fold in the postseason. The Philadelphia 76ers fired Rivers last year after losing to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semifinals despite initially leading the series 3-2.
If they don’t win………… Bye Giannis