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76ers' Doc Rivers Jokes He Was Snubbed from NBA 75, Says He Might Have Made NBA 575

Adam WellsOctober 22, 2021

NEW ORLEANS, LA -OCTOBER 20:  Doc Rivers of the Philadelphia 76ers during the game against the New Orleans Pelicans on October 20, 2021 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The NBA 75 list caused a lot of handwringing for players who were seen as snubs, but Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers had a sense of humor about not being included. 

Rivers joked with reporters that he was "pissed" he didn't make the list, and then he said maybe he would have made it if the NBA extended it to include the top 575 players in league history. 

In celebration of the NBA's 75th season, the league unveiled the 75th anniversary team this week as part of the tipoff for the 2021-22 campaign. It actually turned into a group of 76 players thanks to a tie in the voting process. 

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A second-round pick out of Marquette in the 1983 NBA draft, Rivers played for the Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and San Antonio Spurs during his 13-year career.

Rivers was named to All-Star team during the 1987-88 season and averaged 10.9 points and 5.7 assists per game in 804 appearances. 

While those numbers weren't enough to get Rivers on the NBA 75, he has turned into one of the better head coaches in the league.

The 60-year-old is 993-704 with 17 playoff appearances, two Eastern Conference titles and an NBA title in 2007-08 in 23 seasons as a head coach.