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Glenn Anton "Doc" Rivers (born October 13, 1961) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). An NBA player for 14 seasons, he was an NBA All-Star and was named one of the 15 Greatest Coaches in NBA History. Rivers played college basketball for the Marquette Golden Eagles and was selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the second round of the 1983 NBA draft. He played point guard for the Hawks from 1983 to 1991 and was later a member of the Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, and San Antonio Spurs. Rivers was an All-Star with the Hawks in 1988. After retiring as a player in 1996, Rivers began his NBA coaching career. He was the head coach of the Orlando Magic from 1999 to 2003, the Boston Celtics from 2004 to 2013, the Los Angeles Clippers from 2013 to 2020, and the Philadelphia 76ers from 2020 to 2023. Rivers was named the 2000 NBA Coach of the Year in his first season with the Magic and won an NBA championship with the Celtics in 2008. He was also an analyst for ESPN. High school and college career Rivers was a McDonald's All-American for Proviso East High School in the Chicago metropolitan area. He was given his nickname while attending a summer basketball camp at Marquette University while wearing a "Dr. J" t-shirt of Philadelphia 76ers player Julius Erving. Rivers has alternated on whether the nickname originated from Golden Eagles head coach Al McGuire or assistant Rick Majerus.Rivers later played college ball for Marquette, and played on the U.S. national team in the 1982 FIBA World Championship, in which he led the team to the silver medal, after missing the last shot in the final. After his third season at Marquette, Rivers was drafted in the second round (31st overall) of the 1983 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks. He graduated from Marquette by completing course work while he was an active NBA player. Professional playing career After three seasons at Marquette, Rivers entered the NBA draft and was a second-round choice of the Atlanta Hawks. Rivers played point guard for the Atlanta Hawks from 1983 to 1991, assisting star Dominique Wilkins as the team found great regular season success. Rivers' first NBA start was against Julius Erving (Dr. J), who referred to Rivers as "Doc" and "made [him] feel like a million bucks".On March 4, 1986, Rivers recorded a career-high 21 assists in a game against the Philadelphia 76ers. He averaged a double-double for the 1986–87 season with 12.8 points and 10.0 assists per game. In 1988, Rivers played in the NBA All-Star Game. He received the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 1990. After 8 seasons with the Hawks, Rivers remains their all-time leader in assists with 3,866. Rivers later spent one year as a starter for the Los Angeles Clippers (1991–1992), two years playing for the New York Knicks (1992–1994), and two years playing for the San Antonio Spurs (1994–1996). Rivers retired after the 1996 season. During his professional career, Rivers would go on to play 864 regular-season games in which he averaged 10.9 points, 5.7 assists, and 3 rebounds per game. Coaching career Orlando Magic (1999–2003) Rivers began his coaching career with the Orlando Magic in 1999, where he coached for more than four NBA seasons. Rivers won the Coach of the Year award in 2000 after his first year with the Magic. Despite having been picked to finish last in that year's standings, Rivers led the Magic close to a playoff berth. During the Magic's free agency spending spree in the summer of 2000, Rivers tried to assemble a "Big Three" team in the NBA. The Magic were courting free agent Tim Duncan, who came close to signing with the Magic and teaming up with fellow stars Grant Hill and Tracy McGrady. However, Duncan re-signed with the San Antonio Spurs due to Rivers' strict policy of family members not being allowed to travel in the team's plane.The Magic made the postseason in Rivers's next three years as head coach, but he was fired in 2003 after a 1–10 start to the season. Boston Celtics (2004–2013) After spending a year working as a commentator for the NBA on ABC (calling the 2004 Finals with Al Michaels), he was hired by the Boston Celtics as their head coach in 2004. During his first years with the Celtics, he was criticized by many in the media for his coaching style, most vociferously by Bill Simmons, who in 2006 publicly called for Rivers to be fired in his columns. As a result of the Celtics' 109–93 victory over the New York Knicks on January 21, 2008, Rivers, as the coach of the team with the best winning percentage in the Eastern Conference, earned the honor to coach the East for the 2008 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans.On June 17, 2008, Rivers won his first and sole NBA Championship as a head coach after defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in six games. The Celtics needed an NBA record 26 postseason games to win it. Rivers played for the team that held the previous record for most games played in a single postseason when the New York Knicks played in 25 postseason games during 1994. Rivers led the Celtics to the 2010 NBA Finals, where they once again faced the Los Angeles Lakers, this time losing the series in seven games. After deliberating between staying on the job or returning to Orlando in order to spend more time with his family, Rivers finally decided that he would honor the last year of his contract and return for the 2010–11 season.On May 13, 2011, after months of rumors that he would retire, ESPN reported that the Celtics and Rivers had agreed upon a 5-year contract extension worth $35 million. On February 6, 2013, Rivers notched his 400th win with the Celtics in a 99–95 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Los Angeles Clippers (2013–2020) On June 25, 2013, the Los Angeles Clippers acquired Rivers from the Celtics for an unprotected 2015 NBA first-round draft pick. He also became the senior vice president of basketball operations on the team. In his first season as their head coach, Rivers led the Clippers to a franchise-record 57 wins, garnering the 3rd seed in the Western conference. The 2014 NBA playoffs first round playoff series against the Golden State Warriors was marred when TMZ released an audiotape containing racially insensitive remarks made by the then-Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Though there was a possibility of the Clippers boycotting the series, they instead played on, instead holding a silent protest by leaving their shooting jerseys at center court and obscuring the Clippers logo on their warm-up shirts. Rivers himself stated that he would not return to the Clippers if Sterling remained as owner the following season. NBA commissioner Adam Silver responded to the controversy by banning Sterling from the NBA for life and compelling him to sell the team. The team was sold to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion on August 12, 2014, and Rivers remained with the Clippers.On June 16, 2014, the Clippe.... Discover the A Rivers popular books. Find the top 100 most popular A Rivers books.

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    The Dog Stars

    Peter Heller

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    The River of Doubt

    Candice Millard

    NATIONAL BESTSELLER At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portraitthe bestselling author of River of the Gods brings us the true story of T...

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    Mark Olshaker & John E. Douglas

    Discover the classic, behindthescenes chronicle of John E. Douglas’ twentyfiveyear career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit, where he used psychological profiling to delve into...

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    The Frozen River

    Ariel Lawhon

    GMA BOOK CLUB PICK  AN NPR BOOK OF THE YEAR  From the New York Times bestselling author of I Was Anastasia and Code Name Hélène comes a gripping historical mystery ...

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    Bitter Demons

    Sarra Cannon

    So far, life in Peachville has been tough for Harper Madison. She's survived attacks on her life, learned how to control her magic, and met the most gorgeous boy who also happens ...

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    Beautiful Demons Box Set, Books 1-3

    Sarra Cannon

    This is a collection of the first three books in the bestselling Shadow Demons Saga, a fastpaced Young Adult series filled with magic, mystery, and a touch of romance. (Approx. 150...

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    The Pioneers

    David McCullough

    The #1 New York Times bestseller by Pulitzer Prize–winning historian David McCullough rediscovers an important chapter in the American story that’s “as resonant today as ever” (The...

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    The Murder Pit

    Jeff Shelby

    <b>Their old house was a money pit...but <i>a murder pit</i>?</b>Daisy Savage finally has everything she wants. A new husband. A bunch of kids. A charming o...

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    Runaway Heart

    Amity Lassiter

    Don't mess this up. After a tragic accident leaves him the legal guardian of his young nephew, Dane Baylor finds himself with his hands full juggling parenthood with running h...

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    The Goal

    Eliyahu M. Goldratt

    Over 4 million copies sold! Used by thousands of companies and hundreds of business schools! Required reading for anyone in the Theory of Constraints. This book, which introduces t...

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    Virgin River

    Robyn Carr

      "The Virgin River books are so compellingI connected instantly with the characters and just wanted more and more and more." #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie ...

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    Whiskey River Rescue

    Justine Davis

    Still reeling from the unexpected sale of the land she and her horses live on, horse rescuer Kelsey Blaine is frantic when she comes home to find her possessions already boxed up a...

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    Turning Angel

    Greg Iles

    #1 New York Times bestselling author of Mississippi Blood and The Bone Tree keeps the secrets of the South alive in this “powerful…heartfelt…entirely gripping” (The Washington Post...

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    Startup Best Practices

    Cees J. Quirijns

    Startup Best Practices contains indepth conversations with Silicon Valley serial entrepreneurs who share a wealth of business experience and lessons learned that help newbie entrep...

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    Go as a River

    Shelley Read

    NATIONAL BESTSELLER Colorado Public Radio 2023 Books We LoveSet amid Colorado’s wild beauty, a heartbreaking comingofage story of a ...

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    Inner Demons

    Sarra Cannon

    Becoming a Demons cheerleader was the last thing Harper Madison expected when she moved to the small town of Peachville. She's willing to do whatever it takes, though, to get the a...

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    By the Rivers of Babylon

    Nelson DeMille

    Lod Airport, Israel: Two Concorde jets take off for a U.N. conference that will finally bring peace to the Middle East. Covered by F14 fighters, accompanied by security men, the pl...

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    State of Wonder

    Ann Patchett

    “A nailbiting narrative, setting stark human dilemmas against a lush, exotic backdrop.” People“Extraordinary. . . . Nothing is as it seems, and the ending is as shocking as it...

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    Calle J. Brookes

    SOME MISTAKES ARE DEADLY. FBI Agent Fin McLaughlin has a lot of sins to make up forsins that almost destroyed his career and almost ended his life six years earlier. Now in St...

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    Mystic River

    Dennis Lehane

    This New York Times bestseller from Dennis Lehane is a gripping, unnerving psychological thriller about the effects of a savage killing on three former friends in a tightly knit, b...

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    This Tender Land

    William Kent Krueger

    INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!“If you liked Where the Crawdads Sing, you’ll love This Tender Land...This story is as bighearted as they come.” ParadeThe unforgettable story of ...

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    Mad River

    John Sandford

    They were average kids looking for something to do. Today they started killing people.A modernday Bonnie and Clyde are on the run through rural Minnesotavictim by victim they’...

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    Born to Run

    Bruce Springsteen

    “Writing about yourself is a funny business…But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this.” Bruce ...

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    Texas Cowboy

    Eve Gaddy

    Meet the Kellys of Whiskey River, Texas, men who have always gone through life, and women, with their father’s legendary charm. Trey Kelly has it all. Eldest son of Boots Kelly, Tr...

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    Wedding Bands

    Ev Bishop

    If you had a second chance with your first true love, would you take it? Ditched by her high school sweetheart, Callum Archer, on the night they're supposed to elope, Jo Kendall ca...

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    Once Upon a Texas Christmas

    Katherine Garbera

    Avery Burton loves her job as assistant to Logan Calloway. A big time Hollywood Alister, Logan spends all his time on the West Coast leaving her to run his charity in Whiskey River...

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    A Killing Tide

    P. J. Alderman

    New York Times and USA Today Bestselling NovelWhere there's smoke... Kaz Jorgensen is used to fearthe anxiety of negotiating treacherous currents as she captains her family's fishi...

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    The Girls of August

    Anne Rivers Siddons

    Anne Rivers Siddons's New York Times bestselling novel about four friends whose lives are forever changed by the events of one summer. For fifteen years, four "girls of August" wou...

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    A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

    Henry David Thoreau

    The book's heterodoxy and apparent formlessness troubled its contemporary audience. Modern readers, however, have come to see it as an appropriate predecessor to Walden, with Thore...

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    Heart on Fire

    Brandy L Rivers

    One night to be someone else.Mila Day had plans. When her lover demands she give up her dreams to be a trophy wife, she leaves. Wanting to forget the wasted years, she ends up at a...

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    The Friendship Club

    Robyn Carr

    A brandnew novel from the #1 bestselling author of VIRGIN RIVERFour women come together at a tumultuous time in their lives, forging an unbreakable bond that will leave them all fo...

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    Accidentally Yours

    Alexa Rivers

    A disgraced reporter. A CEO who hates the press. One night of passion with lasting consequences.When journalist Aria Simons's career went up in flames, she retreated to her lakesid...

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    Redeeming Love

    Francine Rivers

    #1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE  The classic story that has captured the hearts of millions worldwide: a tragically wounded soul, the man called to marry he...

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    Crooked River

    Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

    From the #1 New York Times bestselling authors: Racing to uncover the mystery of several severed feet found floating in the Gulf of Mexico, Agent Pendergast is faced with the most ...

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    Hearts Awakening

    Delia Parr

    With no means to support herself, Ellie Kilmer agrees to work as a housekeeper for the young widower who lives on Dillon Island, hopeful she can obtain a proper reference. But Jack...

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    Long Bright River

    Liz Moore


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    The Marriage of Opposites

    Alice Hoffman

    “A luminous, Marquezesque tale” (O, The Oprah Magazine) from the New York Times bestselling author of The Museum of Extraordinary Things: a forbidden love story set on a tropical i...

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    The Lady of the Rivers

    Philippa Gregory

    #1 New York Times bestselling author and “queen of royal fiction” (USA TODAY) Philippa Gregory brings to life the story of Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford, a woman of passion and of ...

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    Beautiful Demons

    Sarra Cannon

    In Peachville, even the cheerleaders have a dark side... Harper Madison isn't like other girls. She has extraordinary powers, but her inability to control them has gotten her kicke...

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    Bad River

    Marc Cameron

    From a remote village perched on Arctic permafrost to the Badlands of South Dakota, searching for answers about his brother sets Arliss Cutter on an icy trail of murder and madness...