ESPN the Magazine’s Chris Broussard is reporting that after an extremely difficult 2012-2013 season, that saw the Sixers fall from one win away from going to the Eastern Conference Finals just a year ago, to missing the playoffs this year, that Sixers head coach Doug Collins will leave his position at head-coach when the season is over.
The Sixers currently have 33 wins as the regular season winds down, and Broussard says that the Sixers are working on a buyout with Collins.
Reports have also indicated that Collins could move to the teams front office or become an announcer. Neither move seems likely though because the Sixers likely want to head in another direction after this disastrous season, not that it was all Collins fault, and Collins will likely get the shot to be a national announcer on some network because he was very good in his time at TNT, prior to becoming the Sixers coach.
Collins served as the bridge from Eddie Jordan, who left the Sixers as a mess, because he was the hard nose type of head coach that took a Sixers team that wasn’t exactly littered with talent when he got here, and demanded their best. And the team responded for a few years, making back to back playoff appearances in Collins first two seasons with the team. Unfortunately Collins style, isn’t a long-term solution and it has become a tired message to a Sixers team, that may have the least amount of talent over the last ten seasons. Collins was the the first step, much like Mike Singeltary was with the San Francisco 49ers, but now it is time for the Sixers to find their Jim Harbuagh, and take the next step as a team. Not to mention all the talent that needs to be added as well.