Doug 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.