After a season that has not gone as anticipated for the Sixers, Doug Collins and owner John Harris addressed the media Thursday to announce that Collins is out as head coach but will remain with the franchise as an adviser. The announcement follows a 34-48 campaign capped off by a 105-95 win over the Pacers Wednesday night. After the game, when asked if any other season in his previous 11 years coaching an NBA team had ever taken so much out of him emotionally, Collins gave a peculiar answer. “You know what is interesting, everybody always talks about my third year with teams,” Collins said. “I always love it. Every third year I have had there has been a major trade. "In Chicago we traded for Bill Cartwright and Oakley. In Detroit we totally rebuilt our team. We had a 54-win team that we knew wasn’t a 54-win team so we signed Bison Dele in the off season and we traded Theo Ratliff for Jerry Stackhouse. In Washington we got our salary cap down and got it 16 million under because we knew it was Michael’s last year and we thought we put ourselves in great position to make a run. "This year we made the big deal for Andrew Bynum.” Collins guided the 1987-88 Bulls to 50 wins with Charles Oakley averaging 12 points and 13 rebounds. The following season Chicago, without Oakley, won 47 games. The biggest difference between those two season was that Collins and the 1988-89 Bulls played 10 playoff games. In his third season Chicago played in 17 postseason contests. The big trade Collins talked about with Chicago did not appear to hinder the team's progress. He took the Bulls to the Eastern Conference Finals and still lost his job. Collins resurfaced in Detroit in the mid-90s and, with a retooled roster in his third season, he was fired 45 games into the season, with the Pistons three games under .500. In Washington, the impending departure of Michael Jordan made for a change in direction. Now, with the Sixers, he's saying he wants to walk away to spend more time with his family, a decision that came after a whole lot of change didn't turn out as planned. Collins will be fine. His career will take a turn back to being a television analyst while his personal life will allow for plenty of time to soak in his son making his college head-coaching debut at Northwestern. The Sixers' future, on the other hand, is in disarray with respect to landing a successor to Collins. There's an idea that franchises need to make a splash when hiring a new coach, but that's not necessarily a sound plan and it's no more guaranteed to work than hiring a young up-and-comer. Frank Vogel, for example, is 110-77 with a .588 winning percentage with Indiana. He was 37 years old when an unlikely opportunity knocked. “I think if you don’t have a big name, I think it is tough to win some of these jobs that could be open,” Vogel said after Wednesday night's game. “Obviously the recommendations of the higher-ups factor into it. The success of the teams you have been with as an assistant coach factors into it as well.” Vogel will turn 40 in June and in his second full season with the Pacers. He was hired on an interim basis in 2010-11 after then-head coach Jim O’Brien was fired. Vogel had been an assistant coach with the Sixers and Celtics prior. He never dreamed a head coaching job at this level would be on his resume.
Sixers shouldn't feel the need to make flashy coaching hire
CSN Philly | Apr 20