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Doug Collins reportedly tells Sixers he will resign at the end of the season

doug-collinsDoug Collins has had some frustrating seasons since he took over as head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers in 2010, but this has to be the worst. Coming off a 35-31 season last year in which they lost in the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Sixers made what appeared to be a franchise-altering move in acquiring center Andrew Bynum from the Los Angeles Lakers. As we know, that couldn’t have gone any worse.

Bynum has missed the entire season with knee problems and has made headlines for nothing but his crazy hair. Philadelphia is 33-47 and has been eliminated from playoff contention. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Collins has informed ownership that he will be calling it quits at the end of the season.

The 61-year-old coach has one year and $4.5 million remaining on his current four-year deal, and ownership would reportedly like him to return. Wojnarowski added that the possibility of Collins returning to the franchise in another role aside from coaching has not been ruled out.

Collins has made it known at various points throughout the season that he is frustrated with the Sixers, the most recent of which came when he ripped the team for losing six straight games in February. What started out looking like the beginning of an exciting new chapter with Bynum on board quickly turned into another sub-par season, and from the sound of it the lack of success has taken its toll on Collins.

Doug Collins rips Sixers after sixth straight loss

doug-collinsThe Philadelphia 76ers are slipping out of playoff contention, and head coach Doug Collins is becoming more frustrated by the day. Collins has watched his team lose six straight games. It is the third time Philly has lost five or more games in a row this seasons, and the coach is running out of answers.

“Well I sure didn’t see this effort coming,” Collins said after watching his team lose to the 16-41 Orlando Magic on Tuesday, via CSNPhilly.com. “I thought we played incredibly hard against Miami. I thought we played incredibly hard in New York on Sunday. And this is mind-numbing to me. We went up 29-20, and from that point on, I couldn’t even tell you what occurred.”

Collins ripped his players for a lack of effort since the All-Star break, but did mention that the team they assembled in the offseason has yet to take the floor together because of injuries like the one to Andrew Bynum. When asked if there’s anything he can do to make his guys play harder, he gave the following response.

“Can I tell you something? If everybody looked inside themselves as much as I did, this world would be a CAT scan,” Collins said. “OK? I mean, believe me, there’s not two days go by that I don’t to go Rod [Thorn], I don’t go to Tony [DiLeo] — what can I do? Can I do anything different? How can I be a better coach? How can I be a better leader? How can I help these guys? Sometimes you’ve gotta help yourself. You know? Sometimes you’ve gotta help yourself. Youth is a very blaming thing.”

The Sixers made a major trade in the offseason and have had nothing to show for it. You can blame Andrew Bynum and his bowling adventures if you want, but that’s not going to bring the star center back any quicker. With Philly in 10th place in the East and Collins recently expressing doubt that Bynum will be back anytime soon, it may only get worse from here.

Doug Collins owes Big Macs to over 18,000 76ers fans

doug-collinsDoug Collins was in a tough spot on Friday night, and the Philadelphia 76ers coach ended up committing to providing Big Macs for over 18,000 76ers fans as a result.

The Sixers, like many other basketball teams, have a promotion where fans in attendance for home games receive a free Big Mac if Philly scores over 100 points in a game.

The Sixers were up 99-80 on the Atlanta Hawks with about 24 seconds left in the game, and instead of trying to score a basket to put the team over the century mark, Collins instructed Evan Turner to dribble out the clock on their final possession. The sportsmanlike move ensured no hard feelings between the 76ers and Hawks, but it left the home fans upset.

The crowd was on its feet and howling for Turner to score the bucket to put Philly over the top. Turner knew what was at stake, and he even pointed at Collins to shift the blame to his coach as he dribbled out the clock.

According to AP writer Dan Geltson, the result was Collins telling the fans that Big Macs were on him. Hopefully he has some sort of backup plan, because just over 18,000 Big Macs at around $4.00 apiece could get pretty expensive. This is also the second time this season a Big Mac giveaway created a tough situation in the NBA.

H/T The 700 Level via Deadspin

Doug Collins Knows Miami Heat Are Superior to 76ers

Don’t accuse Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins of being unrealistic because the man is not stupid. After watching his team get outclassed in Miami Monday evening 94-73 by the Heat, he spoke in a matter-of-fact tone to the media.

“If they’re playing great, they’re a better team. OK? If they’re playing on top of their game, they’re a better team,” Collins stated. “They won 58 we won 41. That doesn’t mean that we’re not going to play, compete and fight. But when they come out and defend they way they did, and Bosh and LeBron play the way they did, and Joel Anthony gives them the lift off the bench defensively that he did, it’s going to be very difficult for us to beat them.”

Just because the Heat were on top of their game Monday doesn’t mean they’re going to win the Finals, and it certainly doesn’t mean they’ve already won this series. Games are completely different at home compared to on the road, so let’s not get ahead of ourselves just because the Heat have played well. But like Collins said, the Heat are simply better when they’re on.

The question is can the Sixers disrupt Miami somewhat when the series goes to Philly for the next two games. I think so, and we’ll likely see close games like Game 1 of the series.

Here’s the video clip of Collins speaking after the loss.