Doc Rivers has coached just two games for the Milwaukee Bucks, which includes Wednesday’s disappointing loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. At this point, it’s definitely way too early to tell if hiring the one-time NBA champion coach is the right decision from the front office after they fired Adrian Griffin.
Well, this simply isn’t the case for former NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas, who has already passed judgment on Rivers.
Gilbert Arenas Adamant Milwaukee Bucks Made Mistake With Doc Rivers
In a recent episode of the Nightcap podcast, Arenas dropped his bold take on Rivers’ situation with the Bucks. According to the 42-year-old, it would be in Milwaukee’s best interest to get rid of the tenured coach as soon as humanly possible. This is regardless of the fact that it’s barely been a week since they hired him.
“Doc’s history is he doesn’t have defense,” Arenas said (h/t Vishwesha Kumar of Fadeaway World). “There’s nothing in your history that says you’re very great at defense I’m sorry to point it out.
“… The best thing for the Bucks right now is? Like, just to go into the locker room and say, ‘Hey Doc, listen. We changed our mind. We’re gonna go with that guy, that gave us the win when you wasn’t here. So, Doc, pack your s**t, and then we’re gonna go ahead and finish this season without you because, at the end of the day, we were good before you got here.'”
— Nightcap (@NightcapShow_) February 1, 2024
If the Bucks listen to Arenas’ advice here then this would probably set some sort of record for the shortest head coaching stint in the history of the NBA.
In all seriousness, the Bucks aren’t going to fire Doc Rivers anytime soon. That just wouldn’t make any sense.
However, it is clear that in Arenas’ mind, this would only be delaying the inevitable. The Washington Wizards icon obviously doesn’t have any faith in Rivers and his coaching skills.
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