Thursday, April 18th, 2013 at 11:00 am  |  5 responses

Doug Collins Quit as Sixers Head Coach

As expected, after undergoing his worst coaching season (34-48), Doug Collins is officially out as head coach of the Philadelphia Sixers. He will stay on as an advisor to team owner Josh Harris. Per Philly.com: “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.’ Collins also strongly denied reports that 76ers upper management tried to push him out. ‘The thing that stunned me the most was at the end when they made it look like they didn’t want me,’ Collins said. He admitted that the 76ers ‘swung for the fences and it didn’t work’ when the team traded for Andrew Bynum. The seven-foot center never played a minute for the 76ers this season. The team finished in ninth place in the Eastern Conference with a 34-48 record, four games out of the playoffs. Collins said this season’s disappointments weren’t the reason why he resigned. ‘I was not going to base [stepping down] upon winning and losing,’ he said. Harris also talked about the direction of the team after failing to make the playoffs. [...] ‘Doug will not coach next season and I’ll leave it to Doug to say why … He is going to stay on with the 76ers as my advisor. He loves the 76ers, he loves the city. He’s not planning on coaching anywhere else … This is his decision, he’s not being pushed out – I don’t know where that came from … I wish him well and I look forward to working with him in this capacity … I tried to convince Doug to stay… We wanted Doug to come back – why wouldn’t you want a great coach to come back? At the same time I recognize his desire as a man.’”

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  • Fat Lever

    This is actually the least misleading headline Slam has had on here in a while. While I appreciate Doug’s love for the city and team, he absolutely quit on this team and I don’t mind it at all from a fan’s perspective because it means he’s gone.

    We’ve got to get a HC and a GM that embraces advance stats. Doesn’t have to live by it, but some of these statistics are definitely worth analyzing.

    I don’t want re-treads. I want the next Vogel, the next Thibs. A young voice with a fresh mindset. This used to be one of the greatest franchises in the NBA. It’s time to restore that.

  • huami

    But he didnt do the sixers a disservice. He used what he had. Sure, there were mistakes, but who doesn’t?

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    this guy really hated this team lol

  • Fat Lever

    He picked what he had. I want to know what GM was willing to give both Kwame Brown and Spencer Hawes 2 year deals? And then I want to know which head coach planned to use these 2 to be their starting PF/C combination(this was the plan by Doug before they “got” Bynum).

    This season he had a major say in the personnel moves of this organization. And he fell on his face, and quit. Again, I am pissed because of the quitting nature of what he did, but he’s gone. And, for that, I’m happy.

  • patrick

    so i feel i still don’t know why Doug Collins quit? Why did he quit?????