Doug Collins Resigns as 76ers Head Coach
Doug Collins has resigned as the Philadelphia 76ers’ head coach. Several reports had indicated that Collins wouldn’t be back with the team next season, and the news became official on Thursday morning. While Collins will no longer be coaching the team, he will remain with the 76ers as a special consultant.
The 61-year-old said that he has known since December that this would be final season with Philadelphia. Collins’ record during his three-year stint with the 76ers was 110-120. His overall coaching record over his 12-year career is now 442-407.
“I don’t have to drop my head – I didn’t fail,” Collins told reporters. “A lot of it was out of our control and sometimes you have to realize that. We’ve got a lot of good young pieces [and] we probably played our best basketball the last six weeks of the season, which was important to me.”
The head coach shot down the reports that indicated he was being forced out.
“The thing that stunned me the most was at the end when they made it look like they didn’t want me,” Collins said.
“He is going to stay on with the 76ers as my adviser,” 76ers owner Josh Harris said. “He loves the 76ers, he loves the city. He’s not planning on coaching anywhere else. This is his decision, he’s not being pushed out – I don’t know where that came from. I tried to convince Doug to stay. We wanted Doug to come back – why wouldn’t you want a great coach to come back? At the same time I recognize his desire as a man. I wish him well and I look forward to working with him in this capacity.”
Throughout the season, Collins expressed his frustration that the team was never at full strength. The 76ers acquired Andrew Bynum last August in a deal that sent out Andre Iguodala, Nikola Vucevic and Maurice Harkless. However, Bynum missed the entire season due to injuries. Collins said that the team “swung for the fences and it didn’t work” in regards to Bynum.
Collins has never coached a team beyond three years. He left Chicago, Detroit and Philadelphia after his third season and left Washington after his second season.
Collins played for the 76ers and made four All-Star appearances with the franchise. He was hired as head coach in 2010 and led the Sixers to the playoffs in his first two seasons. In fact, Philadelphia came within one win of the Eastern Conference Finals last year.
The former head coach said that he “was not going to base [stepping down] upon winning and losing,” but did not elaborate on his reason for resigning.
Collins is the first of several head coaches who may not be returning next season. HOOPSWORLD will keep you updated on the latest firings and hirings around the NBA.