Sportsline: Doc Rivers was fired as coach of the Orlando Magic, off to its worst start in its 15-year history.
Rivers said general manager John Gabriel informed him of the decision Monday night in a meeting at the team hotel after Orlando lost to Utah 90-88.
The Magic won its season opener but then lost 10 straight games, the NBA's worst record this season.
"It is part of sports," Rivers told the Associated Press early Tuesday. "I thought I had a good run here. Things just didn't work out in the end. Maybe the players need to hear another a voice."
The Magic reached the playoffs in the last three of Rivers' four seasons in Orlando, but each ended in a first-round exit. Combined with this season's dismal start, Rivers knew a change was likely.
"I have no ax to grind," Rivers said. "I thought the management and team were both great. I couldn't ask for anything more."
Assistant coach Dave Wohl was also let go. Assistant coach Johnny Davis will take over for Rivers.
"We work in a bottom-line business," Magic chief operating officer John Weisbrod said in a statement. "After a 1-10 start, it is our responsibility to do everything possible to create the best opportunity for success."
Davis, in his fifth season with the Magic, was previously an assistant with New Jersey from 1997-99. He has also been an assistant with Atlanta, the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland.
Davis went 22-60 and missed the playoffs as head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1996-97 season.
"Johnny is an experienced leader," Weisbrod said. "He is a solid teacher and prides himself on developing talent. We want to give him the opportunity to provide the new voice and direction that our team needs."
Rivers had been the longest-tenured coach working in the Eastern Conference, entering his fifth season with the Magic. At 42, Rivers plans to coach again.
"I'll go home, walk in the house and reintroduce myself to my family," Rivers said. "I'll see what I want to do. There'll be some options."
"I love coaching. I enjoy coaching," Rivers said. "I consider it in my blood, but I think it might be time for a break."
jsm0331 wrote:they will have him coach them until they can decide on a replacement...because there are a lot of people to chose from.
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Sportsline: Fired Orlando Magic coach Doc Rivers spoke with ABC Sports about working as an analyst on its top NBA announcing team.
"We're not at liberty to discuss what we've discussed with him," ABC spokesman Mark Mandel said Thursday.
Rivers was a TV analyst for Turner Sports before joining Orlando.
A message left with Rivers' assistant was not immediately returned Thursday.
Al Michaels is ABC's lead play-by-play announcer.
Sportsline: Fired Orlando Magic coach Doc Rivers has joined ABC Sports as an analyst on its top NBA announcing team.
"Doc is absolutely the right fit for our NBA broadcasts," said Michael Pearl, senior VP and executive producer of ABC Sports.
"He brings the experience of being a game analyst and former player and coach, and his style is fresh and opinionated. We are thrilled that this worked out for us to be able to bring him onto our team," he said.
Rivers will work with Al Michaels on a select number of regular-season and playoff games, as well as the NBA Finals. He will also work games with play-by-play announcer Brad Nessler. Rivers' and Michaels' first game will be Houston at the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day.
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