Current Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers has been around the NBA for a long time. Not only did he have a long, successful career as a player, but he’s now making history as a coach.
Rivers has been coaching in the NBA since 1999, with over two decades of experience on the sidelines. Over the weekend, he got his 1,000th career win after the 76ers beat the Bulls, 114-105.
This makes him just the tenth coach in NBA history to reach this milestone. He is the second Black coach to reach the plateau since Lenny Wilkens accomplished the goal in March 1996. As long as he is the coach of the Sixers, his win total will only continue to climb as they are one of the better teams in the entire NBA.
As he continues to climb the all-time coaching ladder, Rivers has Rick Adelman in his sights with 1,042 career wins. Still early in the season, he’s got a chance to pass him before the playoffs and earn the ninth spot on the list.
Rivers is now one of just two active coaches (Gregg Popovich) with 1,000 career wins.