Following his team's 98-84 home loss to the woeful Orlando Magic on Tuesday, Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins showed his frustration in a memorable news conference. The Sixers' official website has video of the entire presser, wherein Collins openly questioned his players' effort and wondered why Philly fans would taunt him instead of his players. "You didn't yell at me when I played," Collins said. "Why are you yelling at me when I'm coaching?" It's easy to understand Collins' frustration. His team just lost to the Magic, who had lost five straight before routing the Sixers by 14 points, and who have the league's second-worst record overall. Orlando simply outworked Philadelphia, outscoring it by a 40-26 margin in the paint and outrebounding Collins' team by a 45-37 margin. But Orlando also has two former Sixers whose contributions on Tuesday must have rankled the 61-year-old Collins. Orlando acquired center Nikola Vučević and small forward Maurice Harkless from the Sixers in August as part of the four-team trade in which Orlando sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers. In addition to losing those prospects, Philly sent Andre Iguodala, an All-Star swingman, to the Denver Nuggets, receiving Lakers All-Star center Andrew Bynum.
Loss to Magic leaves 76ers coach Doug Collins wondering what might have been
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