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Glenn "Doc" Rivers
Doc Rivers in October 2007
Position(s) Point guard
Jersey #(s) 25
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Born October 13, 1961 (1961-10-13) (age 48)
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Career information
Year(s) 19831996
NBA Draft 1983 / Round: 2 / Pick: 31

Selected by Atlanta Hawks

College Marquette
Professional team(s)
Career stats (NBA and/or ABA)
Points     9,377
Rebounds     2,625
Assists     4,889
Stats @
Career highlights and awards
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
FIBA World Championship
Silver 1982 Colombia National team
Rivers (center) sits on the sidelines with assistant coaches Tom Thibodeau (right) and Armond Hill (left) in Game 4 of the 2008 NBA Playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks.
Rivers at the championship parade of the 2008 NBA Champions Boston Celtics.

Glenn Anton "Doc" Rivers (born October 13, 1961 in Chicago, Illinois), is a retired American basketball player and the current head coach of the NBA's Boston Celtics. Rivers was known for his defense while playing in the NBA. His skills as floor general and point guard helped him transition into a coach following his playing career.




Playing career

After representing the United States with the national team in the 1982 FIBA World Championship, in which he was selected as the tournament MVP, and graduating from Marquette University, Rivers was drafted in the second round (31st overall[1]) of the 1983 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. He spent the next seven seasons as a starter in Atlanta, assisting star Dominique Wilkins as the team found great regular-season success. He averaged a double-double for the 1986-87 season, scoring 12.4 points and helping out with 10.0 assists per game. Rivers later spent one year as a starter for the Los Angeles Clippers and two more for the New York Knicks, before finishing out his career as a solid bench player for the San Antonio Spurs.

Coaching career

Rivers began his coaching career with the Orlando Magic in 1999, where he coached for more than four NBA seasons. Rivers won the Coach of the Year award in 2000 after his first year with the Magic. That season, he led the team that was picked to finish last in the league to a near playoff berth. He made the post-season in his next three years as coach, but was fired in 2003 after a disastrous start to the season. After spending a year working as a commentator for The NBA on ABC (calling the 2004 Finals with Al Michaels), he took over the Boston Celtics coaching position in 2004.

As a result of the Celtics' 109-93 victory over the New York Knicks on January 21, 2008, Rivers, as the coach of the team with the best winning percentage in the Eastern Conference, earned the honor to coach the East for the 2008 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans.[2] On June 17, 2008, Rivers won his first NBA Championship as a head coach.[3]


Rivers is the nephew of former NBA player Jim Brewer. He lives in Orlando, Florida with his wife Kristen Rivers and their four children.[1] His oldest son Jeremiah played basketball for Georgetown University before transferring to play for Indiana University,[4] while his daughter Callie plays volleyball for the University of Florida.[5] Rivers also has a younger son, Austin, who at 6'3" plays guard, and has verbally committed to the University of Florida men's basketball team. Austin Rivers is considered a top 10 basketball prospect in the class of 2011.[6][7] Doc Rivers is the cousin of former NBA guard Byron Irvin and former MLB outfielder Ken Singleton.[8]

Rivers was given his nickname by then-Marquette assistant coach Rick Majerus. Rivers attended a summer basketball camp wearing a "Dr. J" T-shirt. Majerus immediately called him "Doc" and the players at camp followed suit. The name has stuck ever since. [1]

Coaching record

Regular season   G Games coached   W Games won   L Games lost
Post season  PG  Games coached  PW  Games won  PL  Games lost
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL Result
ORL 1999–00 82 41 41 .500 4th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
ORL 2000–01 82 43 39 .524 4th in Atlantic 4 1 3 Lost in First Round
ORL 2001–02 82 44 38 .537 3rd in Atlantic 4 1 3 Lost in First Round
ORL 2002–03 82 42 40 .512 4th in Atlantic 7 3 4 Lost in First Round
ORL 2003–04 11 1 10 .091 (fired)
BOS 2004–05 82 45 37 .549 1st in Atlantic 7 3 4 Lost in First Round
BOS 2005–06 82 33 49 .402 3rd in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
BOS 2006–07 82 24 58 .293 5th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
BOS 2007–08 82 66 16 .805 1st in Atlantic 26 16 10 Won NBA Championship
BOS 2008–09 82 62 20 .756 1st in Atlantic 14 7 7 Lost in Second Round
Career 749 401 348 .535 62 31 31


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