Bill Fitch Rumors
While at Monmouth, he befriended the head basketball coach at another small college, and when that coach later got a job in the NBA, Tait wrote to congratulate him and joked that he was available to help, if needed. That coach was none other than Bill Fitch, the man chosen to lead the expansion Cavaliers in 1970. He asked Tait to audition for the role as the team’s radio play-by-play voice, and the organization eventually hired him with their inaugural season already under way.
It was Rivers’ first road win with the Sixers – and also a history-making evening. Rivers achieved his 945th career victory, making him the tenth-winningest NBA coach (regular season wins) in league history, passing Bill Fitch.
Marc J. Spears: With a win tonight at New York, #Sixers head coach @Doc Rivers will pass Bill Fitch to hold 10th place in the NBA coaches’ all-time regular-season wins list. Both are currently tied at 944. Rivers all-time is 944-641 (.581) More in @TheUndefeated on Monday. #Clippers #Celtics pic.twitter.com/Pcd3G02t2c
After passing Red Auerbach for 11th on the all-time wins list with a 126-103 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans, Rivers was doused with water by Clippers players and staff members in celebration of his 939th career victory. The former Boston Celtics head coach said he wasn’t aware that he had passed the legendary Celtics coach until he walked into the victorious locker room at the HP Field House at the Walt Disney World Resort’s ESPN Sports Complex. “For me, I’ve been very fortunate,” said Rivers, who is six wins away from passing Bill Fitch for 10th all-time. “I’ve had unreal players and unreal coaches. I’ve had great staff and great ownership that have allowed me to coach this long.”
Michael Singer: Michael Malone also said it’s time for Rick Adelman to make the Basketball Hall of Fame. Malone praised Bill Fitch’s induction, and then added that Adelman warrants induction for his 1,042 wins and the fact that his coaching philosophies have endured.