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Doc Rivers on James Harden: I love him

We caught up with the Philadelphia head coach as he was leaving E Baldi in Bev Hills this week … and he told us he’s sure Harden, who the 76ers acquired this past season, has a massive new contract coming his way. “Huge deal,” Rivers said. Doc added that he’s “excited” about coaching JH, explaining, “I love him.”
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Georges Niang: The only reason why I’m in Philadelphia is that I gpt to talk to Doc during free agency and you know, he is a player’s coach and he will give you confidence and I think that’s the part that people don’t understand. You have a guy that can literally talk to you and help you figure out the game and what you need to be better at and how you can help your team win and give you that confidence? I mean, you don’t find that everywhere. So playing for him has been a joy and then obviously he coached the Celtics so obviously that’s a name that I’m familiar with and he’s a top NBA coach of all time, you know? So to be able to pick his brain on a day to day basis, he has championship DNA. So to continue to build — and what people don’t understand is that he had to come in and continue to set and build the culture in Year One. This is Year Two. Rome wasn’t built in one day and I think that the trajectory that we have for this organization and what we’re building, I think we’re a lot closer than what people think.

Juwan Howard was the Lakers' No. 1 choice for head coaching job

The most interesting thing I’ve heard while we wait for Ham’s official introduction is that, according to the latest buzz in league coaching circles, Michigan’s Juwan Howard was the Lakers’ preferred candidate among the various coaches to whom they were linked who were under contract elsewhere and thus ultimately unavailable — ahead of Philadelphia’s Doc Rivers and Utah’s Quin Snyder.