Remember when the Philadelphia 76ers eliminated the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs last year and then they competed well with the Boston Celtics in the semi-finals? Doug Collins was praised as a coach who limited his team’s turnovers while also making defense a top priority. They weren’t a team with a star, but they were still a threat in the playoffs because of how hard they played.
Collins later that summer was even being mentioned as the possible Olympic Basketball Head Coach replacement if Coach K were to leave, which he announced he will earlier this year.
This year has been kind of a disaster.
Could Collins have succeeded with this roster, that was built around Andrew Bynum by the way, if Bynum had been healthy for even half the games this year? Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. The team doesn’t appear to have tuned him out; they just didn’t have the talent on the floor to compete this year. Bynum might head elsewhere after this offseason, which would add insult to his bowling injury.
Collins should not be judged on the team’s performance this year, and though I prefer candidate Doc Rivers to him on the Olympic team, I believe the 76ers Head Coach should remain their coach for the foreseeable future.