HoopsHype Doug Collins rumors

October 8, 2013 Updates

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

Sources close to the team continue to insist that the organization is fine with turning the page on Collins, who is demanding of those above and below him. His was the face on the brochures for the last three seasons - two with Harris as owner - and he lent some star power and a link to the franchise's history. Now, though, he is forever associated with a horrible downturn in team fortunes. Through no fault of his own, Collins is joined with Bynum in the minds of the ticket-buying public. The organization thinks the team needs a fresh start and fresh excitement, and, well, we can't wait to see how big the T-shirt cannon will be next season. Philadelphia Inquirer

After watching his team close out the season with a 105-95 win over the Indiana Pacers, Collins was asked about his future with the team. "I don't know. I don't know," he said. "I'm the coach." Before the game, he spoke as if he was going to be back, as if the future of the organization was going to include him, although it most likely won't. As in his previous coaching stints, Collins did not stay past his third season. "Everybody talks about my third year with teams. I always love it," he said sarcastically. "Every third year that I've had we've had a major trade. In Chicago we traded for Bill Cartwright with [Charles] Oakley [in 1988]. In Detroit we totally rebuilt our team. We had a 54-win team and we knew it wasn't a 54-win team so we signed Bison Dele in the offseason [in '97] and then we traded Theo [Ratliff] for Jerry Stackhouse and we worked our cap to about $16 million under the cap because we knew it was Michael's [Jordan] last year, we thought we put ourselves in a great position to make a run. This year we made the big deal for Andrew Bynum. Philadelphia Inquirer

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