Maybe the part about the 98-84 defeat that bothered Sixers coach Doug Collins the most was the seeming lack of effort from his players (see Instant Replay). Collins explained, when he was a player for the 76ers, he played until he was physically unable to do so. But for the life of him, Collins can’t figure out why his players don’t see the season slipping away and he let everyone know about it after the game (see story). “I wish I knew. I really do. I gotta tell you. I'm sitting there,” Collins said after the loss to the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. “I gave my body to this franchise. I was never booed as a player. Never. I ran through my sneakers.” Collins’s team was booed off the floor where the only thing the Sixers left out there was a ton of bricked shots and lots of opportunities to score for the opposition. Collins said that it didn’t appear that his players were ready to go from the jump. Considering that the Sixers are still fighting for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, the lack of effort is almost unfathomable. “I looked out there to start the game and three guys weren't even sweating when we started the game. They're going to ease themselves into the game,” Collins said. “You’ve gotta get sweaty, you've gotta get ready to go.” So at 22-33 with six straight losses and no cupcakes looming on the schedule, what can Collins do to get the team back on the correct path? Obviously it would help if center Andrew Bynum were able to play, but after 55 games and apparently just one practice session, the All-Star still hasn’t spoken to the media about when he plans to make his debut. That is if a debut is even out there. One has to imagine that just the sight of Bynum at practice or on the bench (though he wasn’t on the bench for Tuesday’s game) has to be nothing more than a big tease for the Sixers’ players.
Sixers blasted by Collins after loss to Magic
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