Doc Rivers happy to be back for Sixers, congratulates Dan Burke on his work


The Philadelphia 76ers will be a little healthier on the sidelines on Wednesday when they welcome Doc Rivers back as head coach. Rivers was out for two games while in health and safety protocols and after clearing them he will be making his comeback.

As the Sixers gear up for the Orlando Magic, it’s good that Rivers is back on the sidelines and leading the way for them. Philadelphia has won four in a row and they’ll be looking for a fifth when they face a struggling Magic team.

Rivers is just happy to be back and he took stock of how he was feeling.

“I feel great,” Rivers said. “I think I had two days, and other than that the coaching from your living room and a suite is pretty cool. I know we’re doing the upload and stuff for gamers, maybe we found something here.

Assistant coach Dan Burke replaced Rivers. Normally the defensive coordinator of this team, Burke has had to step up and provide this team a little more in terms of leadership and being able to make sure they don’t skip a beat.

“He was awesome,” Rivers added. “Everyone was. We watched the show awhile ago, I said it before we went out like we had a chance. Winning those first two was important, then winning the Brooklyn game was huge for us. Funny, we looked at it like we were going to be healthy. Then Tyrese (Maxey) comes out and Matisse (Thybulle) comes out and you rush again, like all teams, but as a group I thought we were all hooked in there.

It was a tough stretch for Philadelphia. While the teams the Sixers faced weren’t exactly at the top of the league, it’s still tough to do when a team is missing its head coach as well as others on the bench. It’s not just Rivers, a lot of their coaches are still missing in Philadelphia.

“Dan was phenomenal,” Rivers said. “All guys, but it’s amazing what’s going on in the league, even sitting in your little chair watching with all these coaches coming out. Funny, Dave Joerger we forget is out and very serious what he’s going through, you forget I’m looking at Dan like ‘Wait a minute, he’s the only bench coach we have left right now’ and there are a lot of staff like that. We go through a lot as a group, the whole league. “

The Sixers face the Magic at 7 p.m. EST from the Amway Center in Orlando.

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