Doc Rivers embraces the Sixers' size: 'You have to be the best version of you and not apologize for that'

PHILADELPHIA — The 76ers’ front office has been criticized for opting to go big last summer in an era when most teams are going with smaller lineups.The thought was to play ‘bully-ball defense” and “smash-mouth offense” with a season-opening lineup of Tobias Harris (6-foot-9), Al Horford (6-10), Joel Embiid (7-2), Josh Richardson (6-6) and Ben Simmons (6-10).The lineup underachieved, while the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat advanced to the Eastern Conference finals with centers standing 6-8 and 6-9, respectively.But new Sixers coach Doc Rivers has no problem with his team’s big pieces.“You have…

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