Doug Collins and the Philadelphia 76ers could be parting ways. Collins is in the lead for an analyst position for ESPN this season on top of working as an adviser for the Sixers. He was recently fired as head coach of the Sixers after having a disappointing season and missing the playoffs.
Since the Sixers hired GM Sam Hinkie, he has been cleaning house starting with the head coach.
Perhaps this decision could be his way of getting back into coaching again, or it could also be about a lucrative contract from ESPN. He might still be unhappy about being relieved of his duties as coach and might want to get away from the Sixers organization.
Collins is the front runner for the position on NBA Countdown. He was previously a broadcaster for TNT, NBC and the past two Olympics. Collins has spent much time in Philadelphia. He was drafted as the top draft pick by the Sixers in 1973 and played his entire career with this franchise. He coached them from 2010-2013 with a 110-120 record.
He coached an underachieving 34-48 Sixers team last season. He could help as an advisor, but seems better suited in the broadcasting field.
The Sixers, particularly Hinkie, will benefit from Collins’ advisory role since they’re taking an analytic approach to running the team this season. He could combine his broadcasting and coaching experience and apply it to observing players and recommending prospects from an X’s and O’s standpoint, and what roles best fit them.
So far, Collins is staying with the Sixers, but that may not stay long soon.
Alan Gung is a Philadelphia 76ers writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @AlanGung, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.