It hasn’t been a great season for Doug Collins and the Philadelphia 76ers. They have fallen to 10th place in the East, after making the second round of the playoffs just one year ago. They lost to the lowly Orlando Magic on Tuesday night, which gave them their sixth straight loss.
And Doug Collins has had enough. Here are some of his quotables from last night’s presser, as transcribed by John Schuhmann of NBA.Com.
“I did not think our guys prepared themselves during the [All-Star] break to come back to play.”
That seems to be the key but doesn’t Collins help out on that department?
“There’s nothing wrong with our preparation. I looked out there to start the game, three guys weren’t even sweating when we started the game! They were going to ease themselves into the game. You’ve got to get sweaty. You’ve got to be ready to go.”
It seems like Collins is blaming the players for everything and not taking any blame for himself. And he feels like he’s doing everything he could while not putting the onus on himself.
“If everybody looked inside themselves as much as I did, this world would be a CAT scan. OK? Believe me, there’s not two days go by that I don’t go to Rod [Thorn], I don’t go to Tony [DiLeo], ‘What can I do? Can I do anything different? How can I be a better coach? How can I be a better leader? How can I help these guys?’
He went on to point out rebounding numbers and singled out Spencer Hawes and Lavoy Allen as he compared them to one of their former teammates, Nikola Vucevic. Hawes had one board; Allen had two. Vucevic? 19 rebounds. Still, way to call out your players, Doug.
And then at the end of the presser, this is what he said:
“I don’t want you to feel like I’m up here blaming. I don’t want you to think I’m making excuses. That’s not what this is about. I’m not a blamer. I’m not an excuse kind of guy. No one takes this harder than I do. Nobody. I’m a guy, who, when I have coached, I’ve always been able to find some answers. And I have not been able to find answers. And from my standpoint, that is very disappointing, because I’m paid to do that.”
This was after he pretty much played the blame game the first nine minutes of the presser. In any case, Collins hasn’t lasted longer than three seasons with every team he’s coached as teams get to be worn down by his intensity. He only lasted two seasons in Washington when Michael Jordan played there and his two other stops, Chicago and Detroit, the winning percentage declined (sharply in Detroit). It’s declined a lot, too, in Philly and they’re in grave danger of missing the playoffs.
Bynum missing the entire season may have something to do with that but they were still certainly good enough to make it to the eighth spot without Bynum. Jrue Holiday has carried the team and made the all-star squad. But the rest of the roster had been inconsistent at best. With the Sixers currently out of the playoff picture, Collins could be showed the door after this season if this pattern continues on both the Sixers and his coaching stints.
The Sixers face the Bulls on Thursday night as they try to right the ship in Chicago.