Dave Joerger and Rex Kalamian, two coaches that Doc Rivers has worked with in the past, are, so far, the two names the new Milwaukee Bucks head coach has brought in to be part of his coaching staff. At the same time, however, Rivers has inherited no less than seven assistants from the now-defunct Adrian Griffin regime.
The Bucks can only accommodate so many assistants on the coaching staff, which means that sooner or later, a few other guys will be following Griffin out the door.
Doc Rivers Reveals Plan for Milwaukee Bucks Coaching Staff
This was one of the questions Rivers was faced with during his introductory press conference. To his credit, the veteran head coach did not dance around the subject as he provided a straightforward response to the question about his plan for the Bucks’ coaching staff:
“The toughest part is that this is a human business and we have a lot of coaches who are here already, so you evaluate everybody. You do,” Rivers said, via Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “You don’t come in with a set idea. I guess I’ll find some new friends and learn some stuff, too. I’m going to open this with an open idea. Obviously we’re going to make changes. We have to. Because I have to be comfortable. But at the end of the day you just evaluate.”
That’s tough. What’s even more brutal is the fact that most of the assistants Rivers was referring to were in the room when he made his statement about having to make changes soon.
Then again, this can’t be a huge surprise for Griffin’s assistants. They likely knew that their respective jobs were in some sort of danger too the moment their boss was fired.
As Rivers said, such is the harsh reality of life in the NBA.
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