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Report: Sixers players grew tired of Doug Collins. Shocking, I know.

May 3, 2013, 10:08 AM EDT

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Doug Collins is old school as a coach — long practices, a strong personality, a lot of tough love.

That wears on players. And Collins. There’s a reason he doesn’t last anywhere longer than three years. That includes Philadelphia, where he stepped down as coach after this season.

And not shockingly, the Sixers players were tired of him, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Which is why when looking for a new coach they are looking at guys (Brian Shaw, Mike Malone and others) known for good relationships with players.

All of the candidates – and there are others, according to majority owner Joshua Harris – are a stark departure from former coach Doug Collins, who guided the Sixers to the third-worst winning percentage (.415) in their last 15 seasons before resigning last month.

According to team sources, some of the players became frustrated with Collins’ old-school ways or, as one Sixer said, his “tendency to be overbearing.”

You need to think about this when your team is hiring a coach — is this guys a fit for the kind of team you are building. Some teams need discipline, some need a guy they can relate to and respect more. Depends on the personality of the key people in your locker room. Coaches are not one size fits all.

  1. logisticalvoices - May 3, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Guys like Doug Collins and Scott Skiles are good coaches, but their personalities may kill their long-term NBA coaching career. I hope both of them land on their feet again, but it will get harder after each firing/resignation.

    • skids003 - May 3, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      It’s not coaching any more, it’s a baby sitting service for overpaid babies.

  2. louhudson23 - May 3, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Yeah,what with his incessant expectations that people work hard to improve and earn their paychecks and be accountable to their profession and their employers.

    • fanofevilempire - May 3, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      wtf are uou talking about, it’s basketball.?
      are you drunk

  3. pkswally024 - May 3, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    God forbid he wants to speak to his players via phone call as opposed to texting. These guys are babies.

    • LilTmac2003 - May 3, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      You are 100%, unequivocally correct Sir.

      These men are getting paid millions to do their job. Stop whining about your boss. Other coaches like Greg Pop and Tom Thibs have long dedicated practices, preach their style, and when teams buy in, the end results are usually good.

      Doug Collins led the Sixers to a good start a couple years back. They made the trade for essentially no one this season (Bynum = 0 minutes), lost a few key players, injuries made their usually appearence on this team, but that’s no what made them lose…it’s the players lack of committing to the coach.

      Which is sad because his job was on the line and was let go.

      • ryanrockzzz - May 3, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        The problem is if the players collectively don’t like a coach all of the coulda/woulda/shoulda goes right out the window. NBA players as a whole don’t exactly get brought up in a work hard, get better, put in extra time philosophy. They more get brought up on the whole, “Hey your tall and you can put the ball in the basket, let’s make life as easy as possible for you as long as you can do this.” Happens from middle/high school all the way up until they enter pro ball.

        The problem with the Sixers is that they employ way to many of this type of player(Bynum/Nick Young/Spencer Hawes/Evan Turner/Kwame Brown). There are no Duncan’s on this team. Collins wouldn’t stand a chance, and he wasn’t going to adjust to coach the team different.

        I wish the players on the Sixers did seems to have more accountability. But when your best player misses the whole year and is a canadiate for “biggest douche in the universe,” it just goes to show you normal employer/employee standards can’t apply in the NBA.

      • imthewiz77 - May 3, 2013 at 2:29 PM

        What made them lose was a lack of talent. Doug Collins signed kwame brown for 6 million dollars, Doug Collins drafted Evan Turner, Doug Collins traded for Andrew Bynum. I know people outside of Philadelphia don’t understand this but DC was the general manager. Who decides the type of offense a team runs? The Coach? Which team took more long twos than any other team in the league (the worst shot in basketball)? Which team scored the fewest points in basketball this year? Yea, Yea DC is a Philly icon and a great guy, but this team is worse now than when he took the job. I just hope they soon relieve him of his front office duties as well.

    • fanofevilempire - May 3, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      Doug lost the players because they didn’t know what a 8 track was, he really
      lost them when he pulled out a 45 record.
      oh boy.

  4. Mr. Wright 212 - May 3, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Said when they hired him (I believe on this site) that he was a micromanager who would burn himself out and cause the players to tune him out. It was inevitable.

  5. patfic15 - May 3, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Pathetic. These are men. These are boys who can’t handle criticism. Typical AAU products

  6. kb2408 - May 3, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    This is the story of his career. Just stick to television Doug.

  7. kb2408 - May 3, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Yep, “some” NBA players are spoiled brats. However, when the same thing happens at every stop, and goes back over two decades ago, it can’t be all on the players. The same things said about Doug are also said about Scott Skiles. Good coaches, poor social skills.

    • kinggw - May 3, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      Most athletes are spoiled brats. A young entitled player, who didnt like being pushed (Jordan) forced him out in Chicago. He was doomed with the Wizards with an over the hill Jordan and Kwame Brown. This year he had to make a go of it without the centerpiece of their offseason. Collins is a good coach, he just been snakebitten with the teams’ he’s coached since Chicago.

  8. beaverdam21 - May 3, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    A little bit off topic but I really really can’t stand Chris Collins

  9. imthewiz77 - May 3, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    The guy gave kwame brown 6 million dollars to sit on the bench. He drove away every respectable GM candidate because he controls to much power in the front office, including roster decisions. When the season was out of reach he gave up on this team yet refused to give the younger players playing time in order to develop for the future. Yea NBA players shouldn’t complain about their coach. I think Doug Collins is a great guy, but this team is in a much worse position then when he came here, good riddance.

  10. omniusprime - May 4, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    The Lakers could use some discipline, that incompetent coward Dumbtoni certainly didn’t instill any discipline in the Lakers when they needed it last season from day one. Doug Collins is a great coach who should end up coaching some other team that isn’t full of spoiled pansies like the 76’ers.

    Fire Dumbtoni!!!

  11. manchestermiracle - May 4, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    It’s too bad the NBA has devolved into a situation where “social skills” outrank basketball I.Q. No one is asking you to hit the club scene with your coach, just shut your over-paid pie-hole and follow instructions. You might actually win some games.

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