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Friday, May 21st, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  16 responses

Sixers Hire Doug Collins as Their New Coach

Doug is leaving TNT to roam the sidelines in Philly. An interesting decision from both parties. The Inquirer reports: “According to an NBA source, the 76ers have agreed to terms with Doug Collins; he will become the team’s next head coach. The announcement will come tomorrow and Collins could be introduced as early as Monday. Although contract amount was not immediately known, one source indicated that the two parties have agreed to a 4-year deal. Collins, 58, has been the frontrunner since he first interviewed with Sixers President and General Manager Ed Stefanski on May 1. Since then, Stefanski has kept in contact with Collins’ camp about every other day, keeping him updated on a coaching search that spanned more than a month and included interviews with seven candidates.”

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  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    YEAH!!!!!!!!NO MORE SECOND MOST ANNOYING ANOUNCER OUT THERE AFTER REGGIE, dont know if its good for Phill though, but 1.Holiday 2.Turner 3.Iggie 4Thad Young 5.Dalembert sounds great to an high pace/agressive D line up!

  • http://www.nba.com/2010/news/05/20/derosa.suspended/index.html?rss=true Tommy Patron

    Totally agree with above. Like him as a coach, dislike his color commentary. Hopefully we’ll get the Czar with Marv effective immediately.

  • Hussman25

    Not quite sure Y the two of you above feel Doug is horrible on TV…. Doug and Hubie Brown are two of the best Colormen on TV… 2 words are worse than him… BILL WALTON! (Still get well big fella, but TV is not ur thing) Doug is great w/ X’s and O’s, knows how to motivate and has a great defensive mind… This is exactly what the organization needed; a former player who knows not only the city but what it takes to win in this city and hopefully his hire will help the franchise ment it’s fenses with some other former players and get them back home to help us rebuild… Safe hire, but who will argue the hire… Not I! This hire and the #2 selection will keep Stefanski’s job thru this season… This off-season is the most important since 1996, so this is a MUST win off-season… (By WIN I mean the Sixers must trade away @least 1 of the 3 BIG contracts they have and find some role players (vets) who will buy into Doug’s New System…

  • Karl

    Doug Collins to the sixers players: “Remember if you score more points you will win.”
    Hopefully his coaching is better than his commentary. I’ve gotten sick of him stating the obvious with the COLD HARD FACTS

  • Karl

    Doug Collins to the sixers players: “Remember if you score more points you will win.”
    Hopefully his coaching is better than his commentary. I’ve gotten sick of him stating the obvious with the COLD HARD FACTS segment

  • Khalid Salaam

    ho-hum is my reaction. actually more interested in who the sixers are gonna take in the draft.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Doug Collins really is one of the best color commentators there is. If y’all think HE’S bad, you guys must’ve been rockin’ earmuffs or an ipod everytime Walton did a game. That being said, as a coach I think he’s been really overrated over the years. I think the fact that he coached MJ early in his career and that MJ then hand-picked him to coach the Wizards later on has people believing he was an awesome coach but um, no. Those Bulls teams got nowhere with him and, well, y’all should remember those Wizards teams. Best of luck to him though, but I’d rather see him (hear him?) in the booth.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Nobody will ever be worse than Reggie as a commentator. I can handle Doug on TV, but I can’t handle Reggie ruining any more highlight moments – I watch with a finger hovering over ‘mute’.

  • capostat

    good for him. I dont really mind his commentary, except you always know who he wants to win the game. You can hear him coaching the Suns. Last year you heard him coaching the Bulls (against the Celtics). The Suns thing is not surprising at all since he’s friends with Steve Kerr, and lives out in AZ. But he was always gushing about the alibilty of that team. He mainly heaps praise on the opponents talent/ability, but not what they need to do to maintain a lead, or come back from a deficit. It’s almost the exact opposite for the Suns or whoever he’s sided with.

  • Sparker

    where’s the next generation of nba coaches? even at 58, doug seems like a relic from an ancient era. philly has a long way to go and virtually no identity right now. they don’t seem to have much heart. and the king of the obvious observation’s going to give it to them? someone in philly’s living in the past.

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Eddie Jordan replace Doug Collins when the Wizards fired him back in ’03? Seems like nobody has acknowledged this. Has this (two coaches replacing each other) ever happened before?

  • http://www.nba.com/2010/news/05/20/derosa.suspended/index.html?rss=true Tommy Patron

    A) Bill Walton hasn’t been doing color on broadcasts for a while now.

    B) It must not bother some people to listen to Collins choking on the sh#fts of various coaches, players, etc. with his glowing, fawning assessments of how wonderful everyone in the NBA family is. He is pure cheese on TV.

  • Illydiva

    I co-sign with almost every comment here, from Khalid’s “who will they pick with #2″ to Tommy Patron’s “Collins is pure cheese on TV.” Seems to me when MJ hand picked Doug Collins to coach him it was more because MJ could “work” Collins; not Collins’ illustrious coaching skills. I liked Collins as a player, but I don’t have much faith in him for this team.

  • Khalid Salaam

    did the sixers even try for van gundy? i know they interviewed avery johnson,who knows what happened with that. as a sixers fan collins does nothing for me. what has he done in the last 2 decades thats so impressive? btw, i’m leaning towards favors with the draft pick

  • Hussman25

    @Khalid: Van Gundy turned down the chance for an interview; as did Mark Jackson. Personally Favors I see taking too long to develop; The Sixers need a player from day 1 of training camp… Favors will see limited minutes on this roster as is now w/ Brand, Speights, Smith, Young. No room for him unless you trade 2 of these big men… Personally I like 1 or 2 options. 1. Draft Turner and be done or 2. Trade down to 4 or 5 (more likely 5 w/ Sac and take a trade which includes Kenny Thomas’s contract) and take Wes Johnson..

  • Justin

    Doug Collins is absolutey one of the best color commentators out there and he is a fine coach. @Enigmatic…The Bulls did get to the Conference Finals with him as a coach. He had Pippen and Grant as rookies and it took Phil Jackson along with the maturation of those two players to get to the next level. As for Washington, nobody was going to coach that team anywhere except MAYBE the first round

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