Now the rumors can be put to rest, as sources have confirmed that Doug Collins will resign at season’s end for the Philadelphia 76ers. It’s been a terrible year for Collins and the team. After coming within one win of the Eastern Conference Finals last year, the 76ers decided they have reached their peak and tore apart their whole roster.
An offseason centered around the departure of Andre Iguodala, Louis Williams, Elton Brand and Nikola Vucevic and the additions of Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson has been a disaster. Bynum has not appeared in a game for the 76ers all year and might never will as he hits free agency in the offseason. The Sixers are 33-47 and will be missing out on the playoffs this year. Coach Collins has decided to step down and walk away from the final year of his contract.
By no stretch is what happened this year Collins’ fault. He was dealt an incomplete roster and never got to see what could have been with Bynum. This year’s team had minimal talent and there is no coach out there that could have saved them.
Collins brought hope to a franchise that has not had it since the days of Larry Brown and Allen Iverson. With two games remaining this year, Collins career record in Philly sits at 109-119. More importantly, he led them to their first playoff series victory since 2003. The run last season made by Iguodala and company is one that won’t soon be forgotten and 76ers fans should love and appreciate Collins for that.
Nevertheless, you need to understand that Collins is doing this franchise a favor by resigning at the end of the year. First, he is walking away from a $4.5 million contract. In addition, the Sixers have a long rebuilding process ahead of them and Collins is not the guy to lead your team down that road because of his lack of desire to develop young players. At 62 years old, Collins is in no shape physically or mentally to deal with the growing pains of a young and inexperienced team.
Lastly, the departure of Collins allows for some clarity in the decision making process of the team’s future personnel moves. With rumors that Collins was against the Bynum trade and some of the other moves they made this offseason, this allows the 76ers to establish a chain of command. The team needs a GM and head coach in place that are on the same page and can start the rebuilding process the right way.
With the NBA draft lottery and a franchise-altering free agency period approaching, we wish Doug Collins good luck in wherever life takes him next and wish even more luck to whoever is dealt this team as the next head coach.