Glenn Anton Rivers, professionally known as Doc Rivers is an American basketball coach and former player. He started his managerial career as an Orlando Magic head coach in 1999 and was named Coach of the Year in 2000. He then led Boston Celtics to the NBA Championship as a coach in 2008. He coached the Los Angeles Clippers from 2013 to 2020.
As an active professional player, he was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1983 NBA Draft. He later played for Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, and San Antonio Spurs before retirement. He retired from professional basketball averaging 10.9 points per game, 5.7 assists per game, and 1.8 steals per game. He compiled 9,377 points and 4,889 assists in his playing career. He won several accolades as a player including Mr. Basketball USA in 1980, USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year in 1982, J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 1990, and NBA All-Star in 1998.
What is Doc Rivers Famous For?
- Named NBA Coach of the Year in 2000.
- Coached Los Angeles Clippers from 2013 to 2020.
- Won NBA Championship as a Celtics manager in 2008.
- Two-time NBA All-Star Game head coach.
Where is Doc Rivers from?
Doc Rivers was born on 13 October 1961. His birth name is Glenn Anton Rivers. His birth place is in Chicago, Illinois in the United States. He holds an American nationality. He belongs to African-American ethnicity and his religion is Christian. He was born to a father, Grady Rivers, and a mother, Betty Rivers. He has a brother named Grady Rivers Jr.
Rivers attended Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois. He played high school basketball there. After high school graduation, he committed to play college basketball at Marquette University. He played there from 1980 to 1983. He was named Mr. Basketball USA in 1980 and USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year in 1982.
Doc Rivers Playing Career
- Rivers was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1983 NBA Draft.
- He played seven seasons for the Hawks from 1983 to 1991.
- He averaged a double-double for the 1986-97 season with 12.8 points and 10.0 assists per game.
- He was traded to Los Angeles Lakers, where he played only one season.
- He was awarded J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 1990.
- He then joined New York Knicks in 1992 and played there two seasons.
- He played basketball final years of his career for the San Antonio Spurs from 1994 to 1996.
- He retired from basketball in 1996.
- He retired from professional basketball averaging 10.9 points per game, 5.7 assists per game, and 1.8 steals per game.
- He compiled 9,377 points and 4,889 assists in his playing career.
- He retired from basketball as a player in 1996.
Doc Rivers Coaching Career
- Doc Rivers began his managerial career as the coach of the NBA team, Orlando Magic in 1999.
- He managed the team that was picked to finish last in the league.
- He led the team to a near playoff berth and won the Coach of the Year Award in 2000.
- He continued to make the postseason in his next three years as Magic’s coach.
- He was fired as the coach of the team after his team compiled 1-10 at the start of the 2003-04 season.
- He then worked as a commentator for the NBA on ABC for a year.
- In 2004, he was recruited as the head coach of the Boston Celtics.
- He coached the East for the 2008 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans in 2008.
- He won his first NBA Championship as a head coach in 2008. Celtics defeated Los Angeles Lakers in six games.
- He led the Celtics to the NBA Finals once again in 2010. This time the Celtics were defeated by the Lakers in seven games.
- He had made his mind to leave the club after the 2009-10 season to spend more time with his family.
- However, he returned to the Celtics for the 2010-11 season. It was the final season of his contract with the team.
- He signed a 5-year contract extension worth $35 million with the Celtics in May 2011.
- He coached the Celtics for two more seasons.
- He was acquired by the Los Angeles Clippers for an unprotected 2015 NBA first-round draft pick in June 2013.
- He also became the senior vice president of basketball operations on the team.
- He led the Clippers to a franchise-record with 57 wins.
- The release of an audiotape about the harsh racial comments made by then-Clippers owner Donald Sterling created a wave of protests within the team in 2014. Rivers himself stated that he would not return to the team if Sterling remained as owner.
- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer bought the franchise for $2 billion in August 2014 and Rivers remained with the Clippers.
- He was promoted to the team’s president of basketball operations in June 2014.
- He signed a five-year contract extension with the Clippers in August 2014.
- He gave up his post as president of basketball operations in August 2017.
- He extended his contract with the Clippers in May 2018.
- The Clippers were fined $50,000 for Rivers’ comments on Kawhi Leonard in May 2019. He stated about Kawhi Leonard on ESPN, “He is the most like Jordan that we’ve seen”.
- Following the Clippers playoff exit in 2020, Rivers parted ways with the Clippers in a mutual decision.
- He compiled a record of 356-208 in seven seasons with the Clippers.
- He has compiled 943-681 in his coaching career, as of September 2020.
Doc Rivers Family
Rivers is a married man. He is married to Kristen Rivers. They got married in 1986. The couple has 4 children together, Jeremiah, Callie, Austin, and Spencer. His son Jeremiah played basketball at Georgetown University and Indiana University and has played in the NBA D-League for the Maine Red Claws. His daughter Callie played volleyball for the University of Florida and is married to NBA player Seth Curry. His younger son Austin currently plays for the Houston Rockets and his youngest son, Spencer, is a guard who played for Winter Park High School and for UC Irvine.
He lives with his family in Orlando, Florida.
Doc Rivers Height
Doc Rivers stands at a height of 1.93 m i.e. 6 feet and 4 inches tall. He has a body weight of 210 lbs i.e. 95 kg. He has an average body build. As he is a former professional basketball player, he maintains his body perfectly fit. His sexual orientation is straight. His eye color is dark brown and his hair color is black. He always keeps his hair short-trimmed.
Doc Rivers Net Worth
Doc Rivers earns from his career as a basketball coach. He started his managerial career with Orlando Magic in 1999. He has later coached Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers. He signed several contract extensions while managing the Celtics and Clippers. He last coached Clippers from 2013 to 2020. He makes quite an income from his contract. His annual income at the Clippers was reported at $10 million. Prior to his managerial career, he played basketball for several NBA teams. He played for Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, and San Antonio Spurs. He spent most of his career in basketball. His net worth is estimated at $50 million.