“He knows how to handle the players, how to manage the players, sometimes he can be like a big brother, sometimes he can be your dad, sometimes he can be your teammates. I think it’s really important as a coach for your players to love you and at the same time respect you. It’s hard to create it.”
Rivers has done a terrific job of also getting Korkmaz to fit into a role.
Not only has Rivers helped Korkmaz figure it out, but there is also a difference in the way Embiid and Ben Simmons carry themselves.
“I think Ben and Joel, they’re growing up more,” Korkmaz added. “They’re more mature people, they have more mature manners, and when time goes on, they play more basketball they’re getting more experience. They know the game like they’ve been in the league for like 10/15 years right now. It’s hard to get it when they are in their fifth or sixth season so they play like they’ve been in the league for like 15 years.”
In order to be a successful coach in this league, one has to demand respect, but also be a likable guy.