According to a league source, if Doug Collins doesn’t return as the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers next season, it won’t be because the Sixers want him out. Collins is heading into the last season of his contract and according to that source, the Sixers are completely supporting Collins as being the head coach of the 76ers. The source also said that the Sixers never had discussions about replacing Collins. But according to to a story published in the Philadelphia Inquire, it claims that the Sixers “privately hopes that Collins decides not to return for the 2013-14 season.”
Adam Aron said, “I haven’t had conversations with him about his future. But, look, I’ll say it again: There is no coach controversy in Philadelphia. Doug Collins is a superb NBA coach. I hope Doug Collins is our coach for years and years and years and years. We’ll all see what happens together. I do. But, what I was saying was, I hope he’s not back for one year, I hope he’s back for years and years and years. Having said all that, this isn’t about our coach. This is about an entire organization working together to produce a winning, contending, elite team for Philadelphia and Philadelphia sports fans. This year, primarily because of the Andrew Bynum situation, we haven’t been able to do that. There is going to be a lot of work that is going to have to go on in the offseason to take the Sixers from where we are today to where we want them to be.”
Collins said, “As long as I am having fun and feel like I am making a difference, I will try to keep coaching. The moment I feel like I am not making a difference in the young players’ lives or doing my job to get the winning in a place that it should be, then I will make that decision.”
I believe Doug Collins is a great coach. He is very passionate about the game of basketball and his impact and presence is definitely felt here in Philadelphia, but after this disappointing season, it might just be time for him to go.