One of the simpler ways to divvy up the responsibilities of a basketball coach is by separating what everyone can see from the outside (on-court decisions like rotations, schemes and timeout management) and what we typically can’t (practices, film sessions, motivational tactics and managing the emotions of a locker room).

There is a decent amount of overlap between the two, of course, as things like play calls and playing time affect the mood of the team. But in trying to predict how Doc Rivers might coach the Sixers, let’s separate his duties into those two categories.

Last week, we tried to get a sense of how Rivers might handle the Sixers behind the scenes by talking to a few former players and an assistant coach. This week, we’ll look at some of the broader on-court characteristics of past Rivers teams. At some point in the next few weeks, we’ll do a detailed film breakdown of some of Rivers’ sets and schemes. But today we’ll…



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