Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  21 responses

Doug Collins Finds the Sixers ‘Sensitive’ and ‘Fragile’

Doug Collins, second year head coach of the free-falling Philadelphia Sixers (losers of 4 straight, and currently clinging on to the final Playoff spot in the Eastern Conference), thinks players today are a tad soft and a bit too sensitive. From SB Nation: “The one thing about players today is that they’re very sensitive, and very fragile,’ Collins said. ‘They didn’t grow up with tough coaches. You know, I had my ass kicked since I was six. It’s a different time, and so I treat this team very much with kid gloves. I really do, and I’m still looked at as an ogre.’ That doesn’t make things easy for Collins, who must always be conscious about what he says. ‘It’s terrible, I mean, it’s hard. It really is hard.’ he said. ‘I honestly find myself during the games looking at the coach [and asking], ‘Was I alright with those guys during that timeout? Did I hurt anybody’s feelings? Was I OK?’… ‘Coach, you’re fine, you’re fine’… I said ‘OK, OK, I just wanted to make sure I didn’t hurt anybody’s feelings.’ That’s the sensitivity, and the younger the guys, it seems like the more sensitive. And that’s what you’re wrestling with.’ Young and sensitive doesn’t always make for a good mix, but that’s the hand Collins has been dealt. Philadelphia is the NBA’s 11th youngest team this season with an average age of 26.34. ‘We’re still a very young group, and with a young group there goes a lot of ups and downs,’ said Collins. ‘The one beauty of coaching a veteran team is guys have seen a lot and they’ve been around a lot of coaches, and so there’s a different perspective. … Younger players are still carving their own niche, you know. They’re still carving their own niche as players, finding out who they are. And so as a coach, piecing that together is a very delicate thing.’”

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  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    He said the same things about Washington in 2001/2002/2003. Nothing new here, move along.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    is he admitting that he talks to himself in this article? and also responds?

  • Fat Lever

    At spit, no he’s probably talking about talking to Michael Curry, Aaron McKie, and Brian James. Doug is trying to impose his will on this team with no compromises. That theory only works if you’re someone like Pop, someone who’s won multiple titles and has the history. I love Doug’s passion for the Sixers and the franchise, but he needs to compromise a little. He’s a good coach, but he’s no Pop.

  • LA Huey

    Players today “are sensitive and fragile”? To a degree, maybe. But at the same time, maybe they just want to be spoken to as, at the very least, equals.

  • T-Money

    what doug really meant to say is that he has no idea how to maximize his players’ productivity once his positive/negative reinforcement tricks start to ring hollow and he has to, yanno, coach and stuff. players stop responding when they realize that there’s no real substance behind all that yelling. chicago, detroit, washington, philly: same difference.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    This applies to young people nowadays in general, not just players. Hence, Drake’s popularity.

  • huami

    Maybe time for the sixers to let go of brand and iggy next season, in order for young and turner to blossom!

  • http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/shotchart?gameId=320404014 Allenp

    Since Collins had the same issues in Washington in his last coaching stint, I think it’s about time for him to retire from coaching for good.
    Maybe you just suck at relating to your co-workers, which is the main responsibility in the job you hold.

  • Ash

    Or maybe he should only coach veteran teams. Philadelphia has a very good record past 2 years. Mr. Collins can come to Miami!

  • jay

    Hiring Michael Curry was problem #1. You knew the team would implode when that happened.

  • http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/shotchart?gameId=320404014 Allenp

    You might be right. But then again, Washington had a mix of vets and young players. Jerry Stackhouse had issues with Collins, and he had issues with Kwame too.
    Collins is a yeller. And as T-Money said, he hasn’t shown any great skill for making players better. He’s still the guy that couldn’t get Grant Hill out of the first round, and couldn’t win a championship with Jordan and Pippen in many people’s eyes.

  • http://www.michaeljordansworld.com/statistics/triple_doubles.htm nbk

    I was totally fooled by Doug Collins this season. I thought he was doing a magnificent job, and then just like little kids who have seen the same tricks more than once, the clown stops being entertaining.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Collins is a great coach.

  • T-Money

    lakeshow: is he? if so, what are his claims to fame?

  • jay

    The story on Collins is that he always gets you good fast results. He’s a motivator and he does it by harping on things over and over non stop. His teams ALWAYS tune him out after a season or two. Great broadcaster tho.

  • Anon

    So players and coaches are equals? that is news to me. Players are there to follow coaches instructions. Coaches call the plays and players execute. Once you prove and show that you have some skill and knowledge then you will be allowed to alter and input plays and instructions. Only then are players and coaches somewhat near equals.

  • T-Money

    anon – this story is not even about players not executing collins’ plays, it’s about collins not getting the most out of his team. (and the fact that it took him damn near 2 years to realize that evan turner needed the ball in his hands and was his best playmaker) players and coaches are not equal in the nba. players, in general, are much more important and valuable. any nba coach, including vdn, would be somewhat successful with miami’s talent. on the other hand, all of them would fail with charlotte’s talent. it’s not that players don’t allow coaches to bark at them anymore, you just have to prove that you can back it up. thibs is even more of a bulldog than collins but players respect the fact that there’s a strategy behind the yelling, same thing with svg but on the offensive end. with collins? he has never really shown much depth.

  • Fat Lever

    Collins a great coach? Nope. 402-355 is a good record, not a great record. He’s a very good coach, but he needs to compromise a bit with his players. It can’t be 100 MPH 100% of the time. I’ve seen games, the Orlando one especially a couple of months ago, when the Sixers won by like 5 or so although Orlando cut like a 18 point lead to a couple of possessions within the last few mins of the game. At the end of the game, Collins was all over ET, dogging him on tv and in front of all the fans. Not a good look. You want to dog him, fine, do it privately. It’s not about being soft, it’s about respect and knowing your audience.

  • http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/shotchart?gameId=320404014 Allenp

    The popular belief is that players and coaches have a worker/supervisor relationship.
    The reality is much more complicated.
    They are all co-workers with different jobs in my opinion.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2012/04/phil-jackson-everyone-should-relax-when-it-comes-to-andrew-bynum/ BIKE

    The player/coach dynamic changes dramatically once the players get paid to play.

  • LA Huey

    BIKE and Allenp got it right.