Friday, April 12th, 2013 at 9:10 am  |  8 responses

Agent Denies that Sixers Want Doug Collins Gone

by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

The Philadelphia Sixers (31-47) are putting the wraps on a disappointing and extremely frustrating season, one that had begun with so much promise. And now, there’s growing speculation that head coach Doug Collins may be on his way out after three seasons.

According to his agent, however, the decision to stay or go remains very much Doug Collins’.

Per Philly Burbs:

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. Sixers spokesman Mike Preston said, “We are aware of the report and will not comment on a column loaded with innuendo and speculation.”

Back in October, the Sixers picked up Collins’ fourth-year option for next season (worth around $4.5 million), and the front-office has publicly stated that they would like Doug to return for 2013-’14. His future with the team, though, isn’t entirely clear.

Doug Collins, 61, has never lasted more than three years coaching any of his teams in the past. He has a 107-119 record in Philadelphia.

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  • spit hot fiyah

    regardless of what they do with bynum, a coaching change won’t hurt. they some good pieces going forward, but collins hasn’t been close to maximizing their potential so far.

  • Hursty

    He’s alienated himself in Chicago, Detroit, Washington and now (it seems) Philadelphia. Almost all of those teams have improved with him coaching (except Washington). Then players grow tired of his mannerisms and tune him out.
    I’m not saying he’s on the out for the 76ers, but based on 20 years track history, this would not surprise me.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    He should go back to TNT. Miss his in-game analysis.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    agent sounds like jim buss

  • LakeShow

    It’s stupid to act like it was Doug Collins holding those teams back though…
    He’s a good coach just demanding and a stubborn ass…

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  • T

    I love how someone always has to bring up his prior coaching jobs and instantly, and most likely, incorrectly assume he left because he alienated everyone. I guess there’s only one side to the story.

    Anyway, everyone completely ignores the fact that last season The Sixers went to the second round of the playoffs and took the Celtics to seven games. Was that a fluke? No, it wasn’t.

    I have been a season ticket holder for ten years and go to almost of the home games. I’ve seen the merry go round of coaches over those years and Doug is head and shoulders better than all of them except for maybe Larry Brown. He got the best out of last year’s team despite the internal squabbles. And we had no “superstars” folks. Our defense was tight.

    So what was Doug Collins supposed to do with this season’s roster? Phil Jackson couldn’t have done better. Coaches are key but the players have to perform. Better yet, they at least have to have the ability to perform. Sorry to say, but this roster didn’t have the juice.

    And don’t go blame the roster all on Collins. The new owners came in with no prior basketball experience. Their expertise was in venture fund capital and Cruise Lines. It showed this year when their big trade blew up in their face. They knew more than they
    admitted to about Bynum’s condition but kept silent in order to sell tickets. And when that didn’t work they gave them away by the thousands and raised the season ticket holder prices two years in a row.

    Yes, this year was a disaster, but it’s small minded to blame it all on Doug.