Glenn Anton "Doc" Rivers, is a retired professional basketball player and coach with an illustrious career spanning 14 seasons in the NBA. After playing for the Marquette Golden Eagles in college, he transitioned to a successful coaching career.
Rivers has held coaching positions with several NBA teams, including the Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, and Philadelphia 76ers. Let’s explore more about his life.
What is Doc Rivers’s Net Worth?
Glenn Anton "Doc" Rivers, an American professional basketball coach and former player, boasts a net worth of $60 million. His NBA playing career spanned from 1983 to 1996, during which he gained recognition as a skilled point guard renowned for his defensive prowess.
Transitioning to coaching in 1999, Rivers has had stints with various teams, including the Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Clippers, Orlando Magic, and the Boston Celtics. Notably, Rivers achieved significant success as a coach, guiding the Boston Celtics to an NBA championship. His multifaceted career in basketball, both as a player and coach, has contributed to his substantial financial success.
Doc Rivers’s Early Career
Glenn Anton Rivers, known as Doc Rivers, was born in 1961 in Chicago, Illinois. During his teenage years, he attended Proviso East High School and participated in the McDonald's All-American Game. In 1982, he represented the United States in the FIBA World Championship, contributing to the team's silver medal success. Rivers continued his education and basketball career at Marquette University, where he played until being drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in 1983 after his third season.
Over the next seven seasons, Rivers served as a starter for the Atlanta Hawks, playing a key role alongside star Dominique Wilkins. Subsequently, he spent a year as a starter for the Los Angeles Clippers and then two years with the New York Knicks. Rivers concluded his playing career with the San Antonio Spurs, playing for them from 1994 to 1996. Throughout his time as a player, Doc Rivers showcased his skills and contributed to various teams in the NBA.
In 1999, Doc Rivers embarked on his coaching career with the Orlando Magic, where he held the coaching position for over four NBA seasons. Following a promising first year, during which he came close to leading the Magic to the playoffs.
Rivers received the prestigious 2000 Coach of the Year award. Despite making the postseason in the following three years, he faced dismissal in 2003 after a challenging start to the season with a record of 1-10.
Doc Rivers in the Boston Celtics
After a year of sports commentary for ABC, Doc Rivers was appointed as the head coach of the Boston Celtics in 2004. Initially facing criticism for his coaching style, Rivers eventually guided the Celtics to remarkable success. By early 2008, the team boasted the best winning percentage in the Eastern Conference. Following a decisive victory over the New York Knicks (109-93), Rivers was selected to coach the Eastern Conference in the 2008 NBA All-Star Game.
In June 2008, Rivers achieved a significant milestone by securing his first NBA Championship as a head coach, with the Celtics triumphing over the Los Angeles Lakers in six games. In 2010, Rivers again led the Celtics to the NBA Finals, this time facing the Lakers but experiencing defeat. Amid retirement rumors in 2011, ESPN reported that Rivers had signed a five-year contract extension with the Celtics. Two years later, in a game against the Toronto Raptors, Rivers celebrated his 400th win as the head coach of the Celtics.
In 2013, Doc Rivers joined the Los Angeles Clippers as the head coach and took on the role of the senior vice president of basketball operations. In his inaugural season, he led the Clippers to a franchise-record 57 wins and secured the third seed in the competitive Western Conference.
The following year, Rivers was promoted to president of basketball operations while maintaining his position as head coach. He also signed a new five-year contract. In early 2015, he made NBA history by becoming the first coach to lead his son, Austin Rivers, who was traded to the Clippers.
Rivers relinquished his role as president of basketball operations in 2017 and extended his contract with the team in 2018. In the 2019-2020 season, Rivers achieved his 900th win as a head coach after guiding the Clippers to victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Despite reaching the Western Conference semifinals and taking a 3-1 lead, the team ultimately lost to the Denver Nuggets, making Rivers the first NBA coach to experience three teams failing to advance from a best-of-seven series with a 3-1 lead.
In September 2020, following another disappointing loss to the Denver Nuggets, Rivers stepped down as the coach of the Clippers. Despite an impressive overall record of 356-208 across seven seasons, he could not lead the team to a conference finals appearance, which would have been a historic achievement for the franchise.
Doc Rivers’s Personal Life
Doc Rivers and his wife Kris are parents to three sons and a daughter. Jeremiah, the eldest, played basketball at Indiana University and Georgetown University. He also had a stint in the NBA D-League with the Maine Red Claws.
Daughter Callie pursued volleyball at the University of Florida and is married to NBA star Seth Curry, the brother of Stephen Curry. Austin, another son, played for Duke University before being drafted by the New Orleans Hornets.
He has since played for several NBA teams, including the Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, and Denver Nuggets, in addition to his time with the Los Angeles Clippers. The youngest son, Spencer, played basketball for Winter Park High School and the University of California, Irvine.
Doc Rivers has additional family members who have made notable contributions to professional sports. His uncle, Jim Brewer, had a successful career playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Portland Trail Blazers, and Los Angeles Lakers in the 70s and 80s. Rivers is also a cousin of former NBA guard Byron Irvin and a cousin of former MLB outfielder Ken Singleton. The Rivers family has a rich sporting legacy that extends across multiple generations and various disciplines.
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