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07:03 AM ET 05.03 | As is often the case, the Sixers may choose the over-correcting route, going away from the kind of coach who last held the job. The Sixers have identified a group of assistant coaches, all of them 50 years old or younger, as their primary targets. The group includes Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw and Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Malone, both of whom are still coaching in the NBA playoffs. According to a report from Yahoo Sports late Wednesday evening, the Sixers have gained permission to interview Malone and Utah Jazz assistant coach and former 76er Jeff Hornacek. ... According to team sources, some of the players became frustrated with Collins' old school ways or, as one Sixer said, his "tendency to be overbearing."

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May 3, 2013  08:33 AM ET
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Collins had them in the playoffs, until the management destroyed the team with Bynum. That's hardly Doug's fault. I think I can see who should be fired here.

But you can't fire players because they belong to a union...and are protected from that. THAT is why I think coaches need a union too...that way they can't be fired just because players refuse to play for them or cause rifts within the team and cause management to "make a change". Happy Friday everyone.

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May 3, 2013  08:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

They collapsed at the end of last year, lucked into the 8th seed, cause the east sucked, and won a round cause rose and Noah got hurtThey stunk this year and then players tuned him outHe had to go

I hear ya. But I never buy into this "tuned him out" theory. I mean as a professional player, you are supposed to listen to the coach, and work within the system. Since when is "tuning out" your supervisor accepted at workplace?
I understand it's all about stars and what they want. It's a pity because Collins has a lot of experience and great basketball wisdom too.
He should have just stuck to commentary.

May 3, 2013  08:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

But you can't fire players because they belong to a union...and are protected from that. THAT is why I think coaches need a union too...that way they can't be fired just because players refuse to play for them or cause rifts within the team and cause management to "make a change". Happy Friday everyone.

Union is a bad thing for coaches. Unions seem to protect their client even if they're wrong. It will be harde to fire the coaches even if they sucked.

May 3, 2013  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Collins had them in the playoffs, until the management destroyed the team with Bynum. That's hardly Doug's fault. I think I can see who should be fired here.

The Sixers have been on and off as a .500 team that is a 7th/8th seed since Iverson was traded, so they were essentially going nowhere with this team. I was for the Bynum traded, because the NBA is a star driven league, and you have NO SHOT of competing for title unless you have 1 or 2 superstars. Hindsight is 20/20, and the deal blew up in their face, but Bynum played EVERY game for the Lakers last year, so who knew he be a total bust this year?

In the end, we could have kept Iggy, Brand, and Lou Williams and finished with 40-45 wins, and played the Heat in the first round. And then fans would be complaining we are stuck in basketball hell of being mediocre every year.

May 3, 2013  09:41 AM ET

What Type Likes To Lose, Bros?

May 3, 2013  10:14 AM ET

Doug took the Sixers as far as he could with the available talent. First you need a system/indentity of what your team can excell at. Then you need a couple of years for management to acquire talent that fits your system. After that the coach has to get the players to produce. This is called rebuilding, and that is where the Sixers are right now.

May 3, 2013  10:25 AM ET
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Doug took the Sixers as far as he could with the available talent. First you need a system/indentity of what your team can excell at. Then you need a couple of years for management to acquire talent that fits your system. After that the coach has to get the players to produce. This is called rebuilding, and that is where the Sixers are right now.

Yes, good points. I don't know what role Collins has now with the Sixers FO, but hopefully he can influence the players they acquire and style of ball they play. He really does have a good understanding of what needs to be done.

May 3, 2013  10:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Union is a bad thing for coaches. Unions seem to protect their client even if they're wrong. It will be harde to fire the coaches even if they sucked.

So it's better to fire a good coach just because players don't want to play for them? Good coaches should be protected IMO.

May 3, 2013  10:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Collins had them in the playoffs, until the management destroyed the team with Bynum. That's hardly Doug's fault. I think I can see who should be fired here.

Management swung for the fences and struck out horribly. Doug has done what he could but he is not getting us any further. I think I want a defensive minded coach. Defensive minded coaches and talent usually comes cheaper and you need less scorers to be effective.

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May 3, 2013  10:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Yes, good points. I don't know what role Collins has now with the Sixers FO, but hopefully he can influence the players they acquire and style of ball they play. He really does have a good understanding of what needs to be done.

Truthfully I think Collins had input on bringing Bynum to the Sixers. It was not a bad idea because we would have stayed about the same keeping Iggy, even though I personally didn't want Bynum I thought my squad would be better. We need a serious post threat even just for defense and spreading the floor.

May 3, 2013  10:59 AM ET
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he's not a good coach thoughwhat has he accomplished as a coach ?as I wrote in #3- he just hung on to get to the playoffs and won cause everyone broke in chicago

I wouldn't say he is a bad coach though. He is an ok coach that gets the most out of his players

May 3, 2013  11:06 AM ET
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So it's better to fire a good coach just because players don't want to play for them? Good coaches should be protected IMO.

I'm not saying to fire him because he did a good job in my opinion. It's the union idea that I don't like. Unions tend to protect their clients even if they're wrong. My wife works for USPS and the only ones that seems to be protected are the ones who break the rules.

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May 3, 2013  01:15 PM ET

Philly has been cursed since 1984.

May 3, 2013  01:25 PM ET

I happen to think Collins is a very good coach. He made Jrue and Thad into better players than they were. I think Turner is a mental case. The other 2 positions have limited talent. As a player personnel guy, he was horrible. Obivously, they did not do the job in evaluating Bynum's medical condition. However, Bynum's attitude and wackiness were very well known. People don't change their personality and the 76ers should have known better. Their only route to success is consecutive seasons of 20 wins.

 
May 3, 2013  03:20 PM ET
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I'm not saying to fire him because he did a good job in my opinion. It's the union idea that I don't like. Unions tend to protect their clients even if they're wrong. My wife works for USPS and the only ones that seems to be protected are the ones who break the rules.

Then how do you protect good coaches if they do not have representation apart from management? The way it is now, a star player on any team can tell management they aren't going to play until said coach is removed...basically holding the franchise hostage because the player is protected.

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