Name: Glenn "Doc" Rivers
Year Inducted: 1988
Schools / Organizations:
(Maywood) Proviso East High School
NBA: Hawks, Clippers, Knicks, Spurs
Biography: Glenn “Doc” Rivers was an All-Stater for three seasons—1978, 1979, and 1980—at Proviso East High School under the late IBCA Hall of Famer, Glenn Whittenburg (inducted in 1983). Rivers, who was known as the “Slasher” in high school, could attack from inside or outside and was tremendously effective on the Pirates’ full-court press. Rivers had the distinction of surpassing the school’s all-time scoring record established by his uncle, Jim Brewer (IBCA HOF player, inducted in 1973), in 1969. After a senior year in which he was named to the McDonald’s All-American team, Rivers selected Marquette as his college choice. In 1982, Glenn represented USA basketball in the FIBA world cup. Rivers scored 1,234 points for the Golden Eagles but left Marquette after his junior season and was a second-round (31st) pick in the NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks. He was given his nickname in the first professional game he played by Julius Erving. Glenn played for the Hawks, Clippers, Knicks and Spurs during a 13-year NBA career. Doc was the recipient of the J. Walter Kennedy Award of Citizenship in 1990. In 1999, he moved into the coaching ranks and has been an NBA head coach of the Magic, Celtics, Clippers, and Sixers. In 2008, he led the Celtics to an NBA Championship.