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It's official: Doug Collins is your new Philadelphia 76ers coach

May 21, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for sixers-logo.jpgAs predicted, it became official today: Doug Collins is the new head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Collins was the first person Sixers General Manager Ed Stefanski interviewed, back on May 1. The two sides started negotiations a few days ago and have reached a four-year deal, according to Associated Press.

Collins replaces Eddie Jordan, whose Princeton offense put off Sixers players in training camp. To say that Jordan lost the team implies he had it at some point, and that was not the case. It was a bad fit.

Collins will bring some passion. He cares about the game, about playing smart basketball, about respecting the sport. Players should connect with that. Now, how Collins deals with Elton Brand in December may be a different matter all together.

Collins takes over a team with some nice young players — Jrue Holiday at the point, Andre Iguodala, Samuel Dalembert, Thaddeus Young, Marreese Speights — but hampered from rebuilding by the anchor that is Brand, his enormous contract and pedestrian output. The Sixers do, however, have the second pick overall in the draft and can add Evan Turner to the mix.

Collins is expected to be formally introduced as the coach on Monday.

  1. Drew - May 21, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    I think the addition of Turner and a change of direction with Collins will revitalize the Sixers and make them a playoff team. They’re still a franchise player away from being a serious contender though.

  2. Bryan D. Gliem - May 21, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    l think it is a very wise move, Jordan never did fit at all, he forced his Princeton offense without the right tools.. Collins has done everything in basketball, played, trained, analyzed and coached previously…. We in Philly want another winner… l just hope Turner is there, because of everyone talking him up, the Wizards may change their minds on Wall and take Turner…. so keep your fingers crossed.

  3. Rodney - Compton - May 21, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    If they won’t play for Collins, then who? Like Bryan says, he’s got the credentials to demand 100%, and should have enough player respect to get it.

  4. PHILLYHARDCORE - May 21, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    DONT TRADE THE NUMBER 2 PICK!!!!! TURNER IS A STUD

  5. AZBlazerFan - May 21, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    The best thing about this coaching selection is that we won’t have to listen to Doug Collins as color announcer for games. I’m sure he is a fine coach, but he (and Hubie) ruin watching games with their non-stop talking and describing what we are already seeing as though he were doing a play-by-play for the radio. I wish him well as a coach.

  6. dan reines - May 22, 2010 at 12:49 AM

    Has Doug Collins ever coached anyone of note?

  7. bodybuild18 - May 22, 2010 at 7:47 AM

    Has Doug Collins ever coached anyone of note? Does the name Michael Jordan ring a bell?? In addition, Doug was a player with the sixers when they had DrJ, Mc Ginnis, Steve Mix, World Free, Darryl Dawkins, Joe Bryant (Kobe’s father), Caldwell Jones and the list goes on.. Back in those days, the sixers bench was as good as their starters and there was not enough balls to go around for their scorers. So, he has the background and the credentials. The main thing will be how will he be received by the players and if the organization will give him free reign. At this point Brand is a bust. However, with his contract there are not going to be many, if any teams interested in taking him.
    Realizing this is a rebuilding year, Doug will have to put on the court a hardworking team that competes all game. If he does that, the fans will support him. If he doesn’t, it will be a very LONG year.

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