Previously he spent four plus seasons as the head coach of the Orlando Magic. He has also served as an analyst, paired with Al Michaels, for ABC Sports coverage of the NBA.
Rivers played 13 seasons in the NBA for the Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and San Antonio Spurs. His teams advanced to the NBA playoffs 10 times. He saw action in 864 regular season games and 81 playoff games over the course of his career.
He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Marquette in 1985 and was honored by the Pro Basketball Writers with the 1990 J. Walter Kennedy Basketball Citizenship Award. Following the 1999-2000 season he was named Male Coach of the Year at the Rainbow Sports Awards, which reflect not only accomplishments in the sports industry, but also the grace, dignity, commitment and humanity each individual exemplifies.
Rivers is active in the community as a member of the All-Star Advisory Council for the Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA youth basketball support program, offering instructional guidance to the player, coach and parent training efforts for recreational youth basketball leagues across the country.
In honor of his accomplishments, Marquette retired his jersey in 2004.