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Sixers prevented Western Conference contender from hiring Doc Rivers

The Sixers’ pursuit of Doc Rivers happened so fast, it apparently caught another contender by surprise. By Adam Hermann

Sixers reportedly prevented contender from hiring Rivers originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

The Sixers were deep into their head coaching search when Doc Rivers suddenly and unexpectedly became available, and they acted quickly to make him the next head coach of the franchise.

So quickly that they apparently derailed one Western Conference contender’s plan to hire Rivers as their next coach.

The Rockets were planning on hiring Rivers to succeed Mike D’Antoni before the Sixers switched gears and started aggressively pursuing Rivers, according to a report Tuesday from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:

“Houston had initially wanted to hire Rivers to replace Mike D’Antoni, sources said, but his talks with the 76ers moved quickly to a resolution.”

The Rockets are now reportedly taking a long look at Ty Lue, who was…

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