Thursday, April 11, 2013
76ers hope Collins steps down?
By Nick Borges
Doug Collins has one more season, paying $4.5 million, remaining on his contract as the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers and he said on Wednesday that his attention now is just on the last few games of the 2012-13 schedule.
"I'm entirely focused on trying to win the games we have left," Collins told Bob Ford of The Philadelphia Inquirer. "I'm not thinking at all about next season. I haven't gone there."
According to Ford, several sources within the organization hope Collins steps down, although that is unlikely. There is a chance Collins will be let go instead of having him come back in 2013-14 to finish out his contract.
"I think he's gone at the end of the year. He'll be moving on," said one a source. "He'll decide to leave, and they won't be upset about it. They would like to see it work out that he decides to move on."
Collins, 62, will not receive an extension so it makes sense to bring in a new head coach, instead of wasting next season. With that said, the team at this point will let Collins decide if he wants to return.
"They really want to avoid a backlash if the fans sided with Doug," another source said. "They will be happy if Doug makes the call and it works out that he leaves."