Coach Doug Collins of the Philadelphia 76ers informed the team’s front office that he will be resigning at the end of the season. Collins, who has had 11 years of experience as an NBA coach took the team to two playoff appearances in his three year stint as a coach. One of those appearances came last year where he took the team deep into the playoffs to end up falling short in seven games to the Boston Celtics.
Collins, a well-liked individual throughout the league with a great background, has always played different roles, whether it is a coach, player or T.V. analyst. He was a four-time all-star when playing with the Sixers, and averaged 17.9 points per game in his few years with the team before retiring in 1981.
This is a huge disappointment to the fans of Philadelphia when losing a coach like Collins. Who will be able to replace him?
The best person to fill that void would be Stan Van Gundy who was fired last year by the Orlando Magic. He is a leader who has a hard working mentality and will be able to handle the fierce fans and media of Philadelphia. Van Gundy is a coach who has made it to championships before, the most recent coming in 2008-2009 where he lost to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Whoever the next coach may be, it will be tough to replace a guy like Collins just because he is able to develop such a close relationship with not just his players but the fans.
In his three years with the Sixers, Collins had an overall record of 109-120.
By Tyler Wuensche