The 2012-2013 season hasn’t got quite as well as the Philadelphia 76ers were expecting. The season was such a difficult one that head coach Doug Collins informed the team that he will not be back next year, ending his stint as their coach after three seasons.
Collins has reportedly struggled with reaching the young and undisciplined 76ers roster that had a number of players that were on short term deals and appeared to be more interested in their own agendas than winning as a team. That, combined with Andrew Bynum missing the entire season after Philadelphia traded for him last summer, were all factors that played a role in Collins’ decision to walk away.
The 76ers went from a playoff team the last two seasons to a 32-47 record so far this year with three games remaining, making this the first losing season Collins has had as their coach. Philadelphia won 41 games in Collins’ first year then followed it up with 35 wins in the lockout-shortened 66-game 2011-2012 season.
Dealing with this team proved to be too much for Collins, now 61, and his resignation appeared to be inevitable after he went on a 15-minute rant about how bad the 76ers were playing a couple months ago. While young point guard Jrue Holiday developing into an All-Star was a bright spot, there were just too many negatives for Collins to continue to deal with.
Collins’ record with the 76ers is a combined 108-119 in his three seasons in Philadelphia. Collins has a reputation as one of the most likeable coaches in the league, and if Philadelphia is his last coaching job it would be unfortunate for him to end his career on such a bad note.