HoopsHype Doug Collins rumors

April 14, 2013 Updates

“Obviously I have a very strong relationship with the Collins family; that’s something that goes without saying, so of course Chris and I have talked. But I have had no formal conversations with Northwestern.” Philadelphia Inquirer

April 13, 2013 Updates

While 76ers coach Doug Collins has not addressed a column in Thursday's Inquirer that indicated ownership wants him to resign, there are others in front offices around the league that are willing to talk about it. Such was the case Friday when an Atlantic Division general manager, speaking anonymously, addressed the situation. "Doug has gotten them to the playoffs in the last two seasons, so he's got that going for him," the general manager said. "Everyone knows he's an excellent coach. But that situation wasn't right from the start," he continued, obviously referring to the trade for Andrew Bynum, who never played this season for the Sixers. "Does he get the blame for that? I don't know. Seems like there's something else going on. I don't know, so I can't speak specifically. You just wonder." Philadelphia Inquirer

April 12, 2013 Updates

“Absolutely," said Collins when asked if he feels management has his back. "I’m going to talk about the NBA, I’m going to talk about Washington, so let’s move forward about the Washington game. Let’s move forward to the basketball game. We have 4 more games to play. I’ve told you all along, I’m not the topic of conversation. We’re going to focus in on the games, we’re going to play those. We’ll sit down at the end of the season, as we’ve always done. I have a wonderful relationship with (owner) Josh Harris and we will discuss what we need to do next year. Philadelphia Inquirer

“I told you, let’s talk about the basketball game. You drove a long way here for that. There’s nothing to put to bed. Guys, you’re not going to trick me. Let’s go. What do you want to talk about? I want to talk about the basketball game. The focus is not me.” Philadelphia Inquirer

The source said the Sixers never had discussions about replacing Collins. Accordingly, Aron told CSNPhilly.com in an interview in March that the Sixers hoped Collins would coach the team for many years. CSNPhilly.com

In the wake of a published report saying the organization privately hopes Doug Collins doesn’t return next season as 76ers coach, his agent claims it will be Collins’ call. “The relationship with Doug, me and Sixers management has been terrific,” said John Langel during a Thursday afternoon telephone conversation. “What they told me beyond this season and as recently as today and yesterday is how long Doug stays here is Doug’s decision.” Langel denied rumblings that the story, which cited multiple unnamed NBA sources, in Thursday’s Philadelphia Inquirer originated from Collins’ camp. phillyburbs.com

April 11, 2013 Updates

Langel denied rumblings that the story, which cited unnamed NBA sources, in Thursday’s Philadelphia Inquirer originated from the Collins’ camp. In October, Sixers majority owner Josh Harris announced the team had picked up a fourth-year option (the 2013-14 season) on Collins’ contract. It is believed to be worth $4.5 million. phillyburbs.com

According to sources with knowledge of the situation, there is an emerging power struggle between coach Doug Collins and ownership. Collins, who has one year left on his contract, might have to coach next season as a lame duck, without a contract extension. Sources have indicated that ownership may be trying to force Collins to resign, although he is due to make $4.5 million next season. Philadelphia Inquirer

"I think he's gone at the end of the year. He'll be moving on," said one NBA source with intimate knowledge of the situation. "He'll decide to leave, and they won't be upset about it. They would like to see it work out that he decides to move on." Philadelphia Inquirer

Collins, who will be 62 this summer, will be the one making the decision. Management is not eager to get into a public-relations war with a popular former player and charismatic local hero. The two sides would have to come to an agreement to settle the contract, but if that is the price of a peaceful parting, the organization might consider it a bargain. "Whatever happens, there isn't going to be a contract extension," a second NBA source said. "They're looking to turn the page." Philadelphia Inquirer

The organization will have a huge season-ticket renewal problem this offseason, and the last thing it needs is engaging in a popularity contest with Collins. Selling tickets for next season will be difficult enough. "They really want to avoid a backlash if the fans sided with Doug," the first NBA source said. "They will be happy if Doug makes the call and it works out that he leaves." Philadelphia Inquirer

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