76ers replace Doc Rivers with championship-winning coach

The Philadelphia 76ers have found their new head coach.

The Sixers will be managed by Nick Nurse for the 2023-24 season, ESPN reports.

Nurse was fired as head coach of the Toronto Raptors after they failed to make the playoffs: the Raptors led their play-in game by as many as 19 points, but still lost to the Chicago Bulls, ending their season. Toronto went 41-41 in the regular season.

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Head coach Nick Nurse coaches the Raptors

Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse looks on in the first quarter during their game against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center on April 2, 2023 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

Nurse coached the raptors to their NBA championship in 2019 when they defeated the Golden State Warriors: it was their first title and Finals appearance in franchise history.

Nurse is the second member of the Raptors’ 2022-23 coaching staff to find a new head coaching job: The Milwaukee Bucks hired Adrian Griffin as their head coach after firing Mike Budenholzer. Budenholzer led the Bucks to their title in 2021 but was fired after No. 1 seed Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference lost the first round in five games to the eighth-seeded Miami Heat.

Philadelphia fired Doc Rivers following their playoff exit by the Boston Celtics. Philly led three games to two in the second round of the playoffs.

Joel Embiid and Doc Rivers high five

Philadelphia 76ers Head Coach Doc Rivers congratulates Joel Embiid #21 against the Atlanta Hawks at the Wells Fargo Center on November 28, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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Rivers coached the Sixers for three seasons, but has long been criticized for failing to overcome the hump in the playoffs.

Nurse earned NBA Coach of the Year honors in 2020 following his 53-19 record despite the departure of Kawhi Leonard.

The Sixers went 54-28 this season thanks in part to Joel Embiid, who won his first MVP award. Embiid averaged 33.1 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.

Nick Nurse coaches the Raptors

Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse reacts during the first quarter of the game between the Toronto Raptors and the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on April 7, 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)

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Nurse was an assistant coach for the Raptors from 2013 to 2018. Toronto has yet to replace Nurse.

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