Doc Rivers confronts a rising star, saying, “I didn’t love him.”

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Doc Rivers confronts a rising star, saying, “I didn’t love him.”

Tyrese Maxey’s first game as the Sixers’ starting point guard resulted in zero turnovers. The second-year guard, too, swarmed on the defensive end. He kept Lonzo Ball and Zach Lavine in check by taking turns protecting them.

It wasn’t a show-stopping performance by any means, but it was a fantastic one. In 37 minutes, Maxey ended with 14 points and six assists. He was incredibly efficient and explosive at times, albeit perhaps not as aggressively as Doc Rivers would have preferred. After Wednesday’s game, the head coach made a subtle jab at the kid, challenging him to attack the hoop more.

“I liked him today, but I didn’t adore him today,” Rivers said to reporters. “I didn’t think he was as focused on the basket as he could have been.” You just have to be more assertive. We were trying to explain to him that the reason you’re on the floor is to go downhill and make plays for the shooters, so we’ll remedy that.”

We’re going all out to celebrate! @TyreseMaxey, congrats! pic.twitter.com/CxExUcXqGO

November 4, 2021 — Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers)

Maxey’s most memorable moment occurred on a play in which he was not even involved. For the 21-year-reaction old’s to Joel Embiid’s tremendous, game-saving block on DeMar DeRozan with 10 seconds left, his name was trending on Twitter.

@TyreseMaxey’s face on that embiid STUFF HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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November 4, 2021 — Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev)

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