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It’s official, Doug Collins out as 76ers head coach

Apr 18, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

Doug Collins AP

This isn’t a surprise.

Not to you — we told you this was coming a week ago. And not to the Sixers organization — coach Doug Collins said he let the organization know his plans just after Christmas.

But now it is official — Doug Collins has resigned as the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. He will be staying on as an advisor. Here is what he said on Thursday morning, via

“I talked [a few] months ago to Tony DiLeo and Rod Thorn and I said I wanted to figure out an exit strategy,” Collins said. “I wanted to go out with dignity.”

The Sixers went 34-48 this season, which is a disappointment but it’s certainly not on Collins that it went down like this. Philadelphia made a big roll of the dice this summer trading Andre Iguodala to bring back Andrew Bynum, but Bynum’s knee issues kept him off the court all season. The team had no anchor, although Jrue Holiday certainly stepped up his game. Collins didn’t have enough to work with.

Collins is a driven coach who has a reputation for burning out players and testing the patience of management with his demands. He has never stayed at a job more than four years, he was with the Sixers for three

Team owner Joshua Harris said this was Collins’ decision (a full Harris interview video is below).

“At the end of the day, he’s a proud father and he wants to spend more time with his family,” Harris said. “Doug is a 24-7, 100 mph guy, which I really appreciate. He doesn’t want to be coaching next year anywhere. He is going to stay on with the Sixers as my adviser. He loves the Sixers. He loves the city. He’s not planning on coaching anywhere else. It was a personal decision for him. I want to make it very clear. I would love to have Doug Collins back as my coach next year. This is his decision. He’s not being pushed out.”

The question is what direction the Sixers go next, both in terms of building the team and the coach. Do they try to bring back Andrew Bynum or go another direction? What coach can they bring in that’s good at developing young players?

It’s going to be a hot, interesting summer in Philly.

  1. somekat - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Good luck Doug, 100% class this guy

    Unrealated, but the fact that he has in his will that nobody in his family can ever accept that silver medal is classic

  2. mungman69 - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    What a terrible situation. Hell, I’d quite.

  3. ryanrockzzz - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Everyone says it’s not on Collins, but who gave Kwame that 2 year deal? Oh yeah, that was Doug wanting to do that. Same with Nick Young and Dorrell Wright. Doug has had a puppet GM there since last year with Delio, and I’m glad that now the Sixers can finally get some people in there to right the ship…again.

    • sasquash20 - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:22 AM

      Couldn’t agree more. Except after hearing the owner talk at the presser I don’t think he has a clue.

  4. Robert Dobalina - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Doug Collins screwed the pooch when he buried Vucevic on the bench for 3 minutes the entire playoffs last year. The kid had earned some more time at least in the back end of the rotation and instead of showing some glimpses, he was buried. Then he gets thrown into the Bynum deal to just make matters worse. If Vucevic had not been included in that deal, the loss of Bynum would not have been as bad…provided that Doug would have played him as much as he was played in Orlando. Of course, Doug didn’t see his talent while he was here last year so what makes me think he would have seen the talent this year?

    • philadelphiafan - Apr 18, 2013 at 10:09 PM

      I was beginning to think the same thing was going to happen with Moultrie but he finally got some minutes once the season was lost. Thats typical Doug though. He did the same thing with Turner 3 years ago.

      • sasquash20 - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:19 AM

        Yeah but Turner sucks and Doug drafted him. And the picking of Turner over either big man Cousins or Favors is why we made the horrible trade for Bynum. The entire front office descision makers need to be fired.

  5. amlowlife - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    “Sorry about that Bynum thing, Doug, but we do thank your bosses for Iggy.”

    George Karl

    • sasquash20 - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:24 AM

      Iggy had to go. He is a good 3rd option, and in Denver that is what he is. In Philly he had to be the main guy and that he isn’t

  6. amoose3 - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    What an abysmal season they had all around, but can someone clue me in as to why they are a complete mess now? In my estimation they have a great young point guard in Jrue and solid assets in Thad Young and Evan Turner (inconsistent as he is) with tons of cap space in the next 2 summers. They’re a superstar big man away from really competing.

    • sasquash20 - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:35 AM

      Turner and Thad are both 3s. The drafting of Turner lead to several other very bad roster descions. And what superstar big is coming to Philly? Al Jefferson? Josh Smith? Neither make you legit.

  7. larrybrown43 - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Doug Collins is too classy and good to be in the NBA. He and Byron Scott would be better in college. As I’ve gotten older the NBA has become unwatchable.

    Sadly, college basketball is ruined with the one and out as well.

    • sasquash20 - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:27 AM

      Yeah I thought it was really classey when he talked about his resume in Philly at the presser. Hey thank god he helped Iggy win a gold medal. What a joke! I lost all respect for DC at that presser

    • sasquash20 - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:36 AM

      When I think of DC I think of a cry baby

  8. blantoncollier - Apr 18, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Byron Scott is available.

  9. mazblast - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Another guy whose rep always exceeded his production, as a player and as a coach. Enjoy the family life.

  10. pxeeks - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    We need Charles Barkley in the front office and a younger coach with experience but not from the college ranks. Don’t want Bynum. << Joke

  11. misterdreamer119 - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Didnt the bulls win rings when collins left?

    • greenejoemean - Apr 18, 2013 at 10:28 PM

      Phil aint coming to Philly tho.

      • coronakid76 - Apr 19, 2013 at 3:07 PM

        Maybe if they gave him absolute control just short of signing checks!!! They need someone in here who KNOWS the game and how to build a winner. What better team to do that with then the Sixers. We are a big market city, have a few pieces to build around and Bynum would probably play for him as well. Phil alone would sell the place out. The Main players (office wise) are just in it for the investment opportunity. Give Phil the company credit card and a spending ceiling and let him go out and handle it ALLLLL. Then build a bronze statue of him outside the arena!!

  12. dgould2020 - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    I would love to see Doug join his son as an Asst at Northwestern. Doubt it would happen though

  13. xxakshunxx - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    If they keep Tony as GM this ownership is even dumber than I already thought of them.. Doug wasn’t great here but when you have 8 coaches in nearly 10 years that says more about the GM and president than about your coach.. Not one coach could have done a better job with the crap this front office put together for him

    • sasquash20 - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:30 AM

      Tony D wasn’t making any descions, HE IS A PUPPET. Doug has his finger prints all over this roster. Doug killed this roster.

  14. jacobknicks - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Joshua Harris looks like he was trying to fit every cliche that he could think of in that quote

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