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After Sixers hit new low, coach Doug Collins rants about players’ effort

Feb 27, 2013, 12:43 AM EDT

What has been an ugly season for the Philadelphia 76ers hit a new low Tuesday — they got crushed by the worst team in the NBA, your Orlando Magic. The Sixers shot 39.5 percent for the game, lost 98-84 and it wasn’t that close.

Afterwards Doug Collins was dumbstruck by his team’s poor effort. And he wasn’t afraid to say so — and say that it wasn’t his fault, which is going to go over just great in the locker room. The video above is from, but here are some highlights from the transcript.

“Well I sure didn’t see this effort coming. I thought we played incredibly hard against Miami. I thought we played incredibly hard in New York on Sunday. And this is mind-numbing to me. We went up 29-20, and from that point on, I couldn’t even tell you what occurred.

On why he had starters on the bench to start the fourth quarter:

“Hey, you know what? They weren’t getting it done. What were we down, 17? We went from seven to 17. And I go back to [coach Hank Iba], that voice I always here, ‘Hey son, if you don’t want to play, your substitute does. Give somebody else a chance.’ We did and we cut it to five. It wasn’t anything other than getting some stops, push the ball, play with some aggression. Basketball is a simple sport. The game is usually going to go to the aggressor. That’s just the way it is.

On if the players come to him and ask how to get better:

“No. I usually go to them. And, you know what, after a while, the talk gets old. Man, it gets old. It just does.

“At some point and time, you just gotta play. I told them at halftime, the game’s not about X’s and O’s. We went up 29-20 — it wasn’t about X’s and O’s. [The Magic] scored 14 out of 20 possessions going into half. We came out, we were going to be all fired up, and it was a 7-0 run before we could blink.”

On if there is leadership:

“I think we have some guys who have some capability. I say all the time … they say it’s a players’ league, well then take ownership. Take ownership. That’s all I’m asking: Take ownership of what you’re putting out there…..

“I looked out there to start the game and three guys weren’t even sweating when we started the game. They’re going to ease themselves into the game. You’ve gotta get sweaty, you’ve gotta get ready to go. So we started out at the break, and we come over to the bench and we’re 6-for-18 [shooting] to start the game.

So is this rock bottom?

“I sure hope so. I sure hope it can’t get any worse than this, but I mean, if you look at our schedule, 12 of our last 14 are on the road and look at the home games we’re playing: Atlanta, Golden State. Every one of them is a playoff team.”

There is nothing like dashed hopes. This was going to be a season things would be different in Philadelphia — hope was high and season ticket sales up. They had traded for Andrew Bynum, Jrue Holiday was going to take a step forward (he has) and Evan Turner was going to mature (not so much). Sixers fans believed their team wasn’t just going to be a playoff team, they would be a threat.

Instead, it has been a mess. Part of that is Andrew Bynum’s injuries, but it has spiraled into more than that.

And old school, lunch pail, you are responsible for your own effort Doug Collins doesn’t know what to do with a team rolling over.

  1. dko83 - Feb 27, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    If the players were half as good as this coach they’d be in the EC finals every year. Feel sorry for Doug Collins.

  2. captainwisdom88 - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:21 AM

    theres no doubting collins pours his heart and soul into this team. but he shouldnt be so hard on himself because the pieces in place here arent the kinda pieces that threaten to contend in this league.

    Turner is a bench player.

    hawes shouldnt be on any nba roster period. If i got a nickel for every time he boxed someone out i wouldnt be able to afford a double cheeseburger and id starve to death

    thad is useful but cant be as heavily relied upon offensively. also, his defensive footwork is BAD

    lavoy, young, wright, richardson…they are all reserve-type players that you cant thrust into starting roles

    Jrue has talent, but if i had a nickel every time he turned the ball over late in the game during crunch time, id be munchin on double cheeseburgers all day

    ahhhhhhhh do i miss the times of AI man. we had identity. we had swag. i felt the buzz in my chest every night. Lets go sixers!

    • bigmeechy74 - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:23 AM

      Sheesh. I guess you are probably too young to remember those early 80’s Philly teams huh? Dr J, Andrew Toney, Mo Cheeks, Moses Malone, Bobby Jones… Now THAT was a squad.

      • najja6 - Feb 27, 2013 at 10:43 AM

        Bobby Jones

      • captainwisdom88 - Feb 27, 2013 at 9:42 PM

        yea im merely 24 years old. i can research my history but no i havent been able to experience that era like some others might have been able to. wish i could have. i grew up watching iverson take over games by himself. alongside the likes of eric snow, george lynch, aaron mckie, tyrone hill, ratliff, geiger etc etc

        right now. the sixers need “That Guy” that when the going gets tough, everyone knows who to go to. Iggy somewhat filled that role for a while. We need a guy who expects the big shots and seeks them out on a nightly basis

        through thick and thin i stand by my 6ers

      • bigmeechy74 - Feb 28, 2013 at 2:06 AM

        I loved that team I referenced earlier. I was in 2nd grade when they lost to the lakers in 82 and i cried lol. But yeah Iverson was amazing. He took that team of mostly scrubs to the finals. Very impressive.Kinda like when Lebron took that god awful cavs team to the finals. This sixers team is terrible btw and it’s kinda doug collins fault. He won’t last much longer

  3. captainwisdom88 - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:21 AM

    Sorry i know that post was too long^^^^^^^ its all the damn truth tho

    • Kansachusetts - Feb 27, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      It was a good post. Wishing you many cheeseburgers, though not at the expense of the Celtics.

  4. xxakshunxx - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:31 AM

    Doug Collins is one of the smartest guys around involved in the NBA, but with that said he’s just not a great coach.. He doesn’t fight hard enough with management to get the guys he wants for his system (not just in Philly either, same thing in Chicago and Washington) and name one GREAT coach who ever said “I don’t know what to do”. If your coach doesn’t know, what does that say to the guys playing FOR HIM or for the GM, President who are paying the guy. He’s smart and knows what the game should look that, but as far as putting his foot down or trying to relate to players or get his point across with his guys it just doesn’t work with him..

    • ryanrockzzz - Feb 27, 2013 at 7:45 AM

      Doug collins has huge say in picking his players here. That’s why there is a puppet GM that was hired in Delio.

    • thestudiokida - Feb 27, 2013 at 10:48 AM

      All great coaches have said, “I don’t know what to do.” Phil Jackson said it about fifty times during the season Kobe averaged 35 points on 27 shots per game.

      What Doug Collins did in that press conference is something I’ve never seen him do; he called his team out publicly. He’s desperate to see something from his team. We’ll see if it works.

  5. mungman69 - Feb 27, 2013 at 6:48 AM

    As soon as the Sixer players realized that Bynam isn’t coming back they quit.

  6. mungman69 - Feb 27, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    As soon as the Sixer players found out that Bynam isn’t coming back they quit.

  7. mj1818 - Feb 27, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    Philadelphia has so many problems and its all their sports not just basketball.

  8. ryanrockzzz - Feb 27, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    I love Doug Collins, he’s a good basketball mind, puts his heart and soul into the team and all that, but it’s hard to feel sorry for a guy ranting about the players that he brought in. When the Sixers were looking to replace Rod Thorn ( who did a terrible job and who did not get along with Collins) they settle on Tony Delio of all people. That right there shows that it’s Collins running this team, with everyone else playing a second fiddle when it comes to bringing in players.

    Dorrell Wright has beena awful. “Swaggy P” has been pretty bad. The depth on this team is made up of guys who should be playing on 10 day contracts (Pargo (who was) Wilkins, Moultrie… well, at least he’s a rookie.) With that kind of talent you can’t expect any coach to win, but this offseason has to take shape with a real basketball person picking these players, not Collins. He had his chance, and it’s backfiring in a big way.

    Secondly, the Bynum excuse is old from the media on why this team isn’t winning.This team made the playoffs last year with pretty much the same team, minus Iggy. To go from that to this mess isn’t Bynum’s fault. It’s the Sixers administration doing what they always do. Sign cheap free agent role players, get some mediocre pick in the draft, and trade away any real talent to other teams. They tried with Bynum this year, but only because he was set to be a free agent, so the risk wasn’t that high. It’s amazing what great basketball fans in Philly who want to see a good team have to deal with from this inept group of people running the Sixers.

    • tcclark - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:17 PM

      In no way is this team the same from last year. They only have 5 returning players from last years roster – Holiday, Turner, Young, Hawes, Allen. They don’t have their leading scorer (Lou), Iguodala who led the team in assists and steals and was also the best defensive player in the league, the guys who were second and third on the team in rebounding (Dre, and Brand), their leadership (Brand, Dre, Lou), and now they have a roster that doesn’t fit together without Bynum. The three point shooters are nothing without Bynum opening up the shots for them. The perimeter defense is suspect now without Dre, but they were supposed to be ok because Bynum would be back there. Bynum was the team’s identity. They need him for this roster to work. They still need better leadership, but Bynum makes them a high seed in the east. The rest of the pieces fall in place when Bynum is running the show.

  9. tmatic74 - Feb 27, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    Looks like Doug was having his I told you so moment with upper management and ownership last night. It was like he was telling them he was doing them a favor with the junk on this team. I still can’t get over not going after Rudy Gay or trading Evan Turner(pg/bust).

  10. hojo20 - Feb 27, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Collins will be analyzing games on TNT in November. He’s burning out again.

  11. mrlitl - Feb 27, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Don’t forget about Sir Charles, Hawkins, Dawkins. Great squads.

  12. imthewiz77 - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Honestly I feel bad for Doug, he doesn’t have the talent to win games. Two guys on this team are respectable starters. The rest are fringe rotation players. As good of a coach as I think he is, he is not good at developing young guys. He’s very demanding and he needs a vet to lead by example. Having said all that, I do not understand his rotations at all. For example Damien Wilkins got 29 minutes last night, I think he is a nice guy to have deep on the bench but why not play youngsters like Moultrie? The season is obviously over, play youngsters and get in the lotto. Last, to the guy who said Collins doesn’t get enough say in personnel, he was the one who wanted turner and he was the one who wanted Kwame Iwho’s getting 2yr/6 mil to sit on the bench).

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