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Doug Collins hopes to go Bagger Vance on Evan Turner

Nov 5, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

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Evan Turner needs something — he is averaging 5 points a game on 28.6 percent shooting so far this season. That is a slump… let’s hope it’s a slump. For Turner’s sake lets hope he can turn it around

Sixers coach Doug Collins told CSNPhilly.con’s John Finger that he has an idea of how to bring Turner back around.

A couple of weeks ago, Sixers coach Doug Collins was watching the movie “The Legend of Bagger Vance” and it immediately put his mind in motion.

Collins thought, what if he could mentor third-year guard Evan Turner and help him get “unlocked” the way Will Smith’s character, Bagger Vance, worked with golfer Rannulph Junuh, played by Matt Damon.

Let’s start here — why is anyone watching Bagger Vance? Will Smith preaching Eastern philosophy on the golf course? Ugh, go watch Tin Cup again instead. Okay, moving on now…

Turner was working hard against the Knicks on Sunday, as evidenced by his 11 rebounds, but his shot is still on hiatus. Collins thinks he’ll break through soon.

“I thought Evan rebounded the ball well today,” Collins said. “But other than getting ‘unlocked,’ he just needs a breakout game. Just a breakout game where the ball goes in and he’s in a good rhythm. Right now, he’s just not in a great rhythm, but then again, our team is not [in a great rhythm].”

Turner needs to get “unlocked” if he wants to unlock a bigger contract and an extension to his rookie deal next summer.

  1. illcomm - Nov 5, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Doug Collins is da man. build great trust n now philly has best young team in the league. maybe okc is still better, but well see over time

  2. eagles512 - Nov 5, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Tin Cup is terrible

    • captainwisdom8888 - Nov 5, 2012 at 10:34 AM

      why couldnt we have drafted cousins……

  3. thetruth702 - Nov 5, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    You jokin? Legend of bagger vance is a great movie

  4. thetruth702 - Nov 5, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    And you guys should have kept AI. You know bynum is a lazy piece of overpaid garbage out on the floor and you guys banked your future on him!!! With knee problems. You guys are DONE

    • tfoz5150 - Nov 5, 2012 at 11:02 PM

      I hope you’re talking about the original AI. The other AI never really was. I’ll take a shot with Bynum any day over suffering through another season of “average” play.

  5. thetruth702 - Nov 5, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    How do u jave best young team? Drop AI and add bynum? Makes sense. You guys got worse since last year.. Lol. Nice try

  6. tcclark - Nov 5, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Will Smith can’t make bad movies… except maybe Shark Tale, but that’s animated so it doesn’t count

  7. captainwisdom8888 - Nov 5, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Evan Turner, thus far, has one of the flattest jumpshots I’ve seen in recent memory. Good luck gettin buckets shooting line drives, dummy.

    Shooting coach anyone?

  8. dysraw1 - Nov 5, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Andrew Bynum is a gamble for the sixers, but its a gamble that i like if Bynum is half the player from last year then the 76ers. got a good deal. its a good bet that in a contract year the kid wants to be his best.

  9. thesportsguru7 - Nov 5, 2012 at 12:39 PM


    Ask any human who actually knows basketball, and they would trade Igoudala for Bynum straight up 1000 times out of 1000, which is more or less what that deal broke down to.

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