Sixers Players Want Doug Collins Back
The Philadelphia 76ers were just win one away from the Eastern Conference Finals last season and instead of resting on their laurels, the club opted to swing for the fences by acquiring former All-Star center Andrew Bynum from the Los Angeles Lakers.
The price paid attempting to join the ranks of the league’s elites was a steep one as the Sixers had to ship forward Andre Iguodala to Denver in the process. Promising center Nikola Vucevic and small forward Maurice Harkless were also moved in the deal, and longtime shooting guard Lou Williams was left to sign elsewhere in free agency.
Fast forward and it’s obvious the risk in acquiring Bynum hasn’t paid off as the Sixers will miss the playoffs and the veteran center never logged a regular season minute with the team. Now, there are numerous reports starting to hit the wire indicating head coach Doug Collins will resign at season’s end.
While it has been a disappointing season, forward Thaddeus Young feels he speaks for the entire Sixers locker room when he says he doesn’t want to see Collins step down from the helm.
“Most definitely,” Young told HOOPSWORLD on his desire to see Collins return next season. “He’s a coach I’ve been with the past three years that I’ve grown under and developed under as a professional. He’s done a lot for me as far as helping me with off the court stuff as well as the on the court stuff. He’s helped me grow as a player and as a man and as a father. I appreciate him for being that father figure and being that guy I can go and talk to at any time.”
The Sixers (33-47) currently sit in ninth place in the Eastern Conference standings. The club has won two straight and six out of their last ten games.
Young says the team is trying to finish the season strong despite all of the frustration on thinking about what could have been if Bynum was healthy.
“We’re just trying to show we can still play as a team and that we can still go out there and win basketball games,” Young said. “We’re going to go about this as true professionals. As a team, we’re still here and we’ll be here until the end. We haven’t given up, no one has packed their stuff up and ready to go home. Everyone is still ready to play to the end.”
Collins has compiled a 109-119 (.478) mark with the Sixers in three seasons with the club. The team made the playoffs in Collins’ first two campaigns. Overall, Collins has compiled a 441-406 record as a head coach in stops with Chicago, Detroit, Washington and Philadelphia.