Collins Downplays Olympic Coaching Rumor
So (Doug) Collins, one of the stars of the 1972 U.S. Olympic team that lost the controversial gold-medal game to the Soviet Union, and a longtime Olympic basketball analyst, has been mentioned as a prime candidate to replace Krzyzewski. Among the others who have gained mention are Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers and San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
Collins doesn’t seek the subject, but when asked during this weekend’s reunion of the ’72 team about whether he would like to be the Olympic coach, he showed typical candor while also professing a desire to stay with the Sixers long-term.
“It’s a tremendous honor that somebody would even throw my name out there,” Collins said. “It’s four years down the road and I understand in this business you hope you are an active coach at the time.”