NBA Rumors: Why Doc Rivers Is Perfect Choice to Take over for Team USA

Luis BatlleContributor IMay 25, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 23: Head coach Doc Rivers of the Boston Celtics walks the court during the game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center on May 23, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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For the 2016 campaign, the USA basketball must consider Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers as the new head coach of the team for he is charismatic, a player's coach, and can coach his teams to wins late in games.

NBA Columnist with Yahoo! Sports and NBA Insider for NBC Sports Network Adrian Wojnarowski said for the 2016 campaign, Rivers is the team's best bet.

"The next best candidate for 2016 -- with a USA basketball coaching background -- is Boston's Doc Rivers," said Wojnarowski in a tweet last week.

Arguably one of the most well-rounded coaches the league has to offer, there is no question that he would have what it takes to lead this team to victory in 2016.

These are the three reasons why Rivers should be the man for the job in 2016.



When Rivers is trotting about the sidelines it is essentially having a sixth player on the court. His leadership is contagious, and it is exactly what has had the Celtics winning games since 2008.

What makes Rivers such a charismatic leader is his ability to have his teams dominating defensively and executing offensively in the half-court set.

Not to mention, his impact is especially felt on the sidelines when it comes to the outcome of a game. If Rivers doesn't like a call, the referee can fully expect to get an earful. Having a coach that commands respect and leads by example is exactly what this USA team could benefit from in the 2016 campaign.


A Player's Coach

Before and after a game Rivers seems to be getting love from everybody on the sidelines.

Just before Game 6, Collins and he were having conversation, something that most opposing coaches would want no part in. It is clear that as charismatic as he is, he is also able to rally his troops and get them to actually want to win for him.

The Celtics have some of the more talented veteran players in the game behind Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, yet even still it is Rivers that runs this team.

That is an especially important characteristic on a team with some of the most talent this NBA has to offer.  A coach with a sense of power and as well respected as Rivers is exactly the coach that can get it done on the international level with such a talent-heavy roster. The egos would be put to rest quickly to say the least.


The Late-Game Threat

With Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett playing in Beantown, Rivers has a plethora of options to go to down the stretch. Regardless of knowing that prior to the game, opponents still can't find the answer for his play calls.

In Game 6 of the Philadelphia 76ers series this postseason, in spite of losing the game, Rivers drew up what was a brilliant play to have Ray Allen wide open from three-point range. It was so brilliantly drawn up that Allen could have taken multiple seconds to release before even being contested.

Time and time again he has proven he can put his team in the best position to win games down the stretch, which would be especially effective for this future USA team.