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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

July 3, 2013 Updates

Collins, who declined comment for this article, made a push for more power, for control of all player personnel decisions - which at the time was then team president Rod Thorn's responsibility. According to sources with intimate knowledge of the situation, Collins wanted to sign center Kwame Brown to a guaranteed five-year, $30 million deal before the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season. Harris, on Thorn's advice, vetoed the signing. Unfortunately for the Sixers, it was revisited. Philadelphia Inquirer

Collins, sources say, pushed for the Sixers to amnesty aging power forward Elton Brand to clear the cap of most of his $18 million salary. The Sixers used that space to sign Nick Young and Dorell Wright - both likely to walk in free agency - and extend Spencer Hawes' deal for another year at $6.5 million. Philadelphia Inquirer

May 18, 2013 Updates

Colangelo planned on naming a coach by the start of the calendar year, but deviated from that plan in an attempt to convince Krzyzewski to come back. (He did not want to bother him during Duke's season.) A coach needs to be in place by the first USA basketball minicamp in July. Colangelo said he hasn't approached any other candidates. (The candidates widely speculated were Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and former Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins.) "I would never do that," Colangelo said about talking to other candidates. "I've said that from the beginning, for what he's invested in USA Basketball, he's entitled to make his decision before anyone." SI.com

May 2, 2013 Updates

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." "Clearly we want the right cultural fit for our organization," is how majority owner Joshua Harris described what he called a "wide-ranging" search for a replacement. Philadelphia Inquirer

April 21, 2013 Updates

Four other assistants that could get interviews are Miami's David Fizdale, Indiana's Brian Shaw, Golden State's Mike Malone and Philadelphia's Michael Curry. Curry, who was Detroit's head coach for one season, might be in line for the 76ers' job vacated by the recently departed Doug Collins. Shaw was a finalist for the Cavs' job in 2010. Grant isn't expected to talk to any college coaches for the opening. A source said the Cavs aren't expected to drag their feet on finding a new coach. News-Herald

April 20, 2013 Updates
April 18, 2013 Updates

76ers owner Josh Harris confirmed Thursday that coach Doug Collins has resigned and will serve as a consultant to the team. Collins finished his three-season tenure with a 110-120 record. His career record in 12 seasons in Detroit, Chicago, Washington, and Philadelphia is 442-407. This season was Collins' worst. The Sixers (34-48) have lost more than 48 games just twice in the last 14 seasons. In last season's lockout-truncated campaign, the Sixers won one more game (35) but played 16 fewer. Philadelphia Inquirer

Collins also announced that he will not coach anymore in the NBA. he said he made the decision that this would be his last season "around Christmas." His final record in Philadelphia is 110-120 over three seasons, and his overall record is 442-407 over 12 seasons. "I don't have to drop my head - I didn't fail," Collins said. "A lot of it was out of our control and sometimes you have to realize that. We've got a lot of good young pieces [and] we probably played our best basketball the last 6 weeks of the season, which was important to me." Philadelphia Inquirer

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