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Doug Collins’ comments on trade of Iguodala for Bynum

Aug 10, 2012, 12:06 PM EDT

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Doug Collins is in London as part of the NBC broadcast team coving the Olympics, specifically the semi-final games Friday (Russia vs. Spain, USA vs. Argentina).

He’s also the coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, one of the four teams involved in the blockbuster Dwight Howard trade. The Sixers get former Lakers big man Andrew Bynum and the Magic’s Jason Richardson, but have to give up Andre Iguodala.

You can’t have Collins on the broadcast and not ask about it. He was well prepared with his answer and hit it safely down the middle of the fairway. Here is what he said.

“When you think about adding Andrew Bynum, a big man who can score in the paint, rebound and block shots — something we desperately needed — and Jason Richardson adds another shooter to our lineup, so I’m very excited.

“On the flip side of that you have to trade somebody and Andre Iguodala had a brilliant career for the Philadelphia 76ers. I coached him for two years, he helped me win a lot of games. I’m very, very appreciative of him and I wish him well in Denver.”

  1. loungefly74 - Aug 10, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Doug has to be very happy about this…they have a “cornerstone piece” now.

    • somekat - Aug 10, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      Not sure about that. I’m sure he’s not devestated, after all, he has the biggest front court in the east now, and should be able to pound it down low at will.
      But i don’t know about “very happy”, Collins has been Iggy’s biggest chearleader over the last 2 years, and repeadely talked about how he is a guy he can build a contender around. For whatever reason, he fell in love with Iggy. I would think he has mixed feelings (when he should be ecstatic)

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 10, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Doug Collins is a classy guy. I hope some of his professionalism rubs off on Bynum or it’s going to be a long year and a short Philly career for the big man. Even if he leaves after the season, still a great trade to rebuild on with some cap space next year.

  3. skids003 - Aug 10, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Actually, he has an idiot to deal with. Hope he can keep him happy.

  4. knightrider1755 - Aug 10, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Iquodala’s on-court leadership is going to be missed by this basically young 76ers team. It will be interesting to see who steps up to fill that void.

  5. starship7 - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Classy Doug Collins, as always.

  6. philadelphiafan - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Sixers go from having one of the softest frontcourts in the league to having one of the toughest now. Philly fans (like myself) have been asking for this for years now.

  7. tampajoey - Aug 11, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Andrew Bynum is one and done in Philadelphia then on to free agency.

    • manchestermiracle - Aug 11, 2012 at 12:21 PM

      Obviously you know absolutely nothing about Bynum. He loves money and there’s no way he leaves a max contract on the table (to say nothing of being a whole lot closer to his family) as well as the opportunity to finally get out of Bryant’s shadow and be “the man.”

      • tampajoey - Aug 11, 2012 at 6:06 PM

        If you think Bynum signs an extension before becoming a free agent you’re high.

      • philadelphiafan - Aug 11, 2012 at 11:06 PM

        He obviously won’t sign an extension until the offseason because he makes more money doing so. To be honest I dont think Bynum will be a guy that leaves during free agency to win a title because he already has one. Money will be the main factor and I know for a fact Philly will offer him that max contract. He also grew up an hour and a half away from Philadelphia. Maybe I’m just being a delusional Philly fan but I think they go deep in the playoffs this year (barring injury) and he resigns.

  8. 00maltliquor - Aug 11, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Soooo…Doug…….Is Kwame Brown still your starting C now?

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