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Report: Sixers hope Doug Collins walks at end of season

Apr 11, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT

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It’s pretty clear the Sixers are done with Doug Collins and Doug Collins is pretty done with the 76ers. This fits the Collins burnout pattern — three seasons with the Bulls, three seasons with Detroit, two with Washington, now three in Philly.

But of course, it’s not going to be that simple because there is still money on the table.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the Sixers hope Collins just decides to walk away at the end of the season (via CSNPhilly.com).

According to multiple league sources, the 76ers organization privately hopes that coach Doug Collins decides not to return for the 2013-14 season and, regardless of his decision, it does not intend to extend his contract – which has one year remaining.

It will be an interesting game of cat-and-mouse when this season ends. Collins is unlikely to quit and leave $4.5 million on the table, but he is just as unlikely to agree to coach the lame-duck year of his contract.

Later in the morning a source told John Finger at CSNPhilly.com that the call was all Collins on next season.

If Doug Collins does not return to coach the Philadelphia 76ers next season, it won’t be because the Sixers want him out, according to a league source. The source said the Sixers are completely supportive of Collins as the coach of the team as he heads into the last season of his contract.

Of course, that’s what Sixers sources have to say — Collins is still popular with fans. They need to pick their PR battles.

This season has worn on everybody in Philadelphia — the coach, the players, the front office and the fans. They came in with high expectations after making the playoffs last season then adding Andrew Bynum to the mix. But Bynum and his bad knees never got on the court and the Sixers have been in limbo. They will miss the postseason.

Collins is an old-school hard*** who pushes his players hard and pushes management just as hard. He’s been good for the Sixers as he helped build a foundation in Philly — he helped instill discipline in an organization, he made the players accountable. But his style wears thin after a couple years. What would prompt him to walk away? Here is what he told CSNPhilly.com back in February:

“As long as I am having fun and feel like I am making a difference, I will try [to keep coaching],” he said. “The moment I feel like I am not making a difference in the young players’ lives or doing my job to get the winning in a place that it should be, then I will make that decision.”

This season took a toll on him and he has the look of a guy ready to move on, but it’s his call now. From the Inquirer.

Collins, who will be 62 this summer, will be the one making the decision. Management is not eager to get into a public-relations war with a popular former player and charismatic local hero. The two sides would have to come to an agreement to settle the contract, but if that is the price of a peaceful parting, the organization might consider it a bargain.

That’s my guess, some kind of buyout and the Sixers can move on with their summer of big questions: What to do about Bynum as a free agent? Do you trade Evan Turner? And what style of team are you trying to build, anyway?

  1. dalucks - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    This guy never last longer than 3 years anywhere. Even when he was coaching Michael Jordan (twice).
    That says alot about his coaching style.

  2. davidly - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Doug Collins and Larry Brown are among the best at getting a young team into shape. Whatever it is that goes wrong after that is a mystery, though I tend to think that responsibility lies to a great extent at the feet of management.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      Micromanaging burns both of them out, and causes their teams to tune them out. No mystery.

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 12, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      Larry Brown was a NUT case when he was with the Knickerbockers
      he ruined the team , the guy should just retire and go away.

  3. stayhigh_247 - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Phoenix would make a great next coaching stop for him.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      He needs to retire from coaching and stay in the broadcast booth.

  4. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    If my comment from 2 1/2 years ago wasn’t deleted, I said that this would happen by the 3rd year. And like Kurt alluded to, his “burnout” cycle and his micromanaging style just wears thin on everyone to the point where they just tune him out and before you know it, he’s back with the headset on next to Marv (which he probably will be, come May).

  5. mungman69 - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    The Sixers traded away their future for Andrew Bynam. Orlando says “thank you”

    • pudgalvin - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      I really don’t care for the Sixers, but their future was a good but not great and a wing player that was going to leave after the season anyway, Moe Harkless and a mid round draft pick?

      • philadelphiafan - Apr 11, 2013 at 6:43 PM

        Oh yeah and that other guy that had 30 points and 20 rebounds last night…

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