Doc Rivers went out of his way on Wednesday to defend his coaching record, specifically the three times his squads have blown 3-1 series leads. He challenged reporters to do the research and “tell the whole story” about what happened. It was a fair point, one befitting of the man with the fourth-most wins of any coach in NBA playoff history.

Of course, fans and media are certainly allowed to question Rivers. Especially after his Philadelphia 76ers just squandered a 3-0 series lead against the Raptors. No team has ever dropped a playoff series after jumping out to a 3-0 lead. It would be a historic collapse. They haven’t lost yet. And panic hasn’t quite set in.

But, if they did blow it, the question needs to be asked: Would that kind of meltdown be enough to get Rivers fired?

Well, there are minor grumblings among those in the know. Remember, Rivers was already linked to the Lakers’ vacant head-coaching gig. He denied any interest but the smoke is billowing from Los Angeles. If things did go awry in Philly, one name is certain to be at the top of everyone’s tongue: Jay Wright.

Doc Rivers doesn’t blow big playoff series leads. Just ask him.

— Jon Johnson (@jonjohnsonwip) April 27, 2022

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Wright on NBA: ‘Something I Always Thought About’

Wright announced his surprise retirement from Villanova University on April 20. After 21 seasons at the school, the 60-year-old said he was worn out and his heart wasn’t in it any longer. A week later, Wright re-opened the door on his coaching future by telling ESPN that “I’d be lying” if he said he hadn’t thought about the NBA.

“Not right now. That was something I always thought about,” Wright said of coaching in the NBA. “Right now I definitely need a break. But I’m going to take this year and really throw myself into this position at Villanova, and then see what’s out there. I just didn’t want to be the coach at Villanova and not be 100 percent in.”

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