HoopsHype Doug Collins rumors

April 14, 2014 Updates

Last season saw 13 coaching changes and eight front office hires. There won’t be nearly as many open front office jobs, but it looks like three or four opportunities could surface. Last week we took a look at some of those jobs and worked through a list of possible candidates. Like most lists, the feedback from around the league offered up several more names to consider, so here is the second wave of ‘likely to get interviewed’ front office candidates. Doug Collins: As bad as it went for Collins in his final days with Philadelphia, there is still a sense that he has some fans among NBA owners looking for a “face-of-the-franchise” guy. It’s possible that Collins gets his name associated with some of the front office jobs that come up, but there is doubt in NBA circles that Collins would be back with a team so quickly. When it comes to known candidates Collins is that, but its seems unlikely that he is hired this year, but he does seem like someone that’s going to get linked to jobs based on feedback from others around the league. Basketball Insiders

March 19, 2014 Updates

And who might Jackson appoint to be his own leader of men? Much speculation has focused on former Suns GM and TNT analyst Steve Kerr, who played for Jackson in Chicago. But Kerr has never coached before and has not given colleagues in his new field any strong signals that he's itching to leave the broadcast table -- especially for the pressure cooker of MSG. Then again, Winter said, "When you see these commentators, even Doug Collins, you think they're happy doing what they're doing. And the next thing you know, they're back in the meat grinder." CBSSports.com

March 6, 2014 Updates

Doug Collins, former NBA player and ex-coach of the Chicago Bulls, has moved to the outskirts of Chicago into a place in Glenview for $798,490, according to several news sources. Chicago Real Estate Daily reported that Collins purchased the place sometime in August 2013. The residence is a 2,493-square-foot, single-family home with three bedrooms, three full and one half bathrooms. Realty Today

January 29, 2014 Updates

Doug Collins, who was Jordan’s coach from 1986-87 through 1988-89, is in San Antonio to broadcast the Bulls/Spurs game. He marveled at Durant’s scoring as well, agreeing it’s problematic to stop Durant’s shot. Just like it was against Jordan, though Jordan was probably a half foot shorter. “But with Michael,” Collins laughed, “there were times I wanted to get him to score less and he still averaged more than 30.” Collins pointed to Jordan’s run of 10 triple doubles in 11 games toward the end of the 1988-89 season. The Bulls had been slumping, losers of three straight and four of six in a season in which they would make their first run to the conference finals in 14 years. Bulls.com

January 23, 2014 Updates

“A lot of the new ownership, it’s hedge fund managers and guys who are very, very involved now with their teams,” Collins said. “A lot of these guys, it may be hard for them to talk personnel in certain ways, but the one thing that they can talk is numbers. … "I am big on analytics being a huge part of it, teams are smart to use analytics, but at the same time, to me, there is the eye test, there is the heart test, there is that test every single day when you are with players in practice, developing a trust and a truth with one another about how you want to win basketball games. It is in flux right now, but the beauty is, let’s see how it all turns out.” Sporting News

January 13, 2014 Updates

"I've been in this for 40 years or whatever, and general managers always fall in love with the NBA draft. Coaches try to win games, and for general managers it's a nice five-year deal that allows them to fall in love with the draft and build. It's easy to tear something down, but then you've got to try and rebuild it," Collins vented after Bill Simmons got him worked up over the 2014 NBA draft looking like fool's gold. Yahoo! Sports

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Last week, the likes of Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Charles Barkley, Allen Iverson, Billy Cunningham, Doug Collins, Bobby Jones, Pat Croce, Wali Jones and others converged in a back room of the Wells Fargo Center to pay tribute to Jeff Millman, a 50-year employee of the organization whose jobs varied from ballboy to equipment manager, but whose undeniable fingerprints on the club couldn't be given a title. The locker room was dedicated to him before the season opener against the Miami Heat, and he was introduced to the near sellout crowd in the first quarter, surrounded by the basketball royalty mentioned above. Millman was battling cancer, and all of those famous athletes whose lives he touched wanted to honor him. And, really, say goodbye. Philadelphia Inquirer

October 31, 2013 Updates

Jeff Millman touched many people's lives during a half-century of service to the 76ers. Many of the greatest names in franchise history returned to honor him Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center against the Miami Heat. Among the former Sixers on hand were Julius Erving, Charles Barkley, Allen Iverson, Moses Malone, Billy Cunningham, Bobby Jones, Darryl Dawkins, and Doug Collins. In a pregame ceremony, the Sixers dedicated their locker room to Millman, a longtime equipment manager who had several jobs with the team over the years. They also honored him with a video tribute. Philadelphia Inquirer

October 22, 2013 Updates

In addition to signing a contract extension with ESPN, Sage Steele has accepted the host’s role for the network’s “NBA Countdown” pregame show. Steele replaces Michael Wilbon, who will focus more on his “Pardon The Interruption” show. She will work the Friday and Sunday editions on the shown on ESPN and ABC. Returning analysts Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons will be joined by new hire Doug Collins. Albany Times Union

October 9, 2013 Updates

Michael Wilbon’s role on ESPN’s NBA Countdown will be diminished next season, and taking his spot on the set will most likely be former 76ers coach Doug Collins, multiple sources told The Big Lead. The move is primarily so that Wilbon can return to focusing on the show that made him a star, Pardon the Interruption. In recent years, Wilbon has increasingly appeared on PTI via remote – from Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, Arizona, etc – diluting some of the outstanding chemistry he’s built up with longtime friend Tony Kornheiser. The Big Lead

Wilbon’s frequent travel has also led to PTI replacing him with Bob Ryan or J.A. Adande, and the end result of both of those factors is that ratings for the show have sagged in the last two years, sources say. The Big Lead

October 8, 2013 Updates

Q: Any time a coach works in television, you immediately start to wonder how long it’ll be before he’s back on a bench. So what are the chances we see you taking one more coaching job somewhere? Doug Collins: No, I’m through coaching. I said it when I went to Philly. That was my last spot. Like I said, it was a circle of life for me. I was at a coaching clinic the other day at Illinois State talking about how difficult coaching has become. There’s so much criticism and you’re always under the microscope. It’s a tough, tough thing. There’s so much money involved because these franchises are worth hundreds of millions of dollars and the coach, whether it’s right or wrong, has to be in the spotlight all the time. That’s just the way the situation is. ESPN.com

Doug Collins: I didn’t know they were going to trade Jrue, but I knew they were going to try to accumulate a lot of draft pieces to try to rebuild their team. So I decided to step away. But I’m going to be watching them very closely. Rebuilding is very tough; everything has to go right. It’s going to be a long, arduous process. But I’m a 76er. That’s where I was drafted. That’s where I gave my heart and soul. I walk around with an artificial knee and two artificial hips I gave Philly when I played. And I walk out of there having given them my heart and soul. ESPN.com

Q: Your return to TV will be primarily in a studio role this time as opposed to working games courtside. What are the challenges that poses for you? Doug Collins: In talking with ESPN and John Wildhack, they have such great game analysts. Jeff [Van Gundy] has really become one of the premier analysts in the game and you have Hubie [Brown] and Jon Barry and Doris [Burke]. So they tried to carve out a spot that would be beneficial for both parties. I’m going to do 10 ESPN Wednesday night games and then I’m going to do 10 ESPN Friday night studio shows and then I’ll do all nine national games [in the] ABC studio during the regular season. Then come playoff time I’ll do all studio. And then I’m going to do the draft and the World Championships. ESPN.com

September 9, 2013 Updates

Michael Wilbon’s role on ESPN’s NBA Countdown will be diminished next season, and taking his spot on the set will most likely be former 76ers coach Doug Collins, multiple sources told The Big Lead. The move is primarily so that Wilbon can return to focusing on the show that made him a star, Pardon the Interruption. In recent years, Wilbon has increasingly appeared on PTI via remote – from Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, Arizona, etc – diluting some of the outstanding chemistry he’s built up with longtime friend Tony Kornheiser. The Big Lead

September 3, 2013 Updates

Hinkie believes a byproduct of having a new coach in noted player developer Brett Brown, who succeeds Doug Collins after Collins’ three years in Philadelphia, and a new system is that there are no preconceived notions about what guys can do and who ends up in Brown’s regular rotation. “Everyone starts with a blank slate,” he said. “That’s refreshing in a lot of ways. It’s less what you’ve done and more: what can you do from here? I think all of our players will sense an opportunity to play, show what they can do and expand their game one way or another. It’s important for the future of the Sixers and their own careers.” The Intelligencer

August 30, 2013 Updates

Q: You don't have an assistant GM, and longtime NBA guys like Doug Collins and Rod Thorn and Tony DiLeo are now gone. Before you hired Brett Brown, who are some of the people who were helping with personnel decisions? A: We have a talented staff that's been working real hard, behind the scenes, that people don't see. Courtney Witte is our director of player personnel and we have scouts and we are taking note of things we've done personnel-wise. We will continue to look for organization people and we want ones that make good decisions. Philadelphia Inquirer

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