Mar 6, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doug Collins reacts on the bench against the Atlanta Hawks during the second half at Philips Arena. The Hawks defeated the 76ers 107-96. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Doug Collins

While many are upset at Doug Collins for things like not playing Arnett Moultrie, and poor offense, and other things, I am not really going to bash the coach. He has to coach this team. The GM that put this team together has more accountability in my opinion although Doug has made plenty of poor choices.

The problem is, Doug Collins made this mess.

What some folks don’t realize is that the Sixers didn’t have a GM for the off-season (and really all of last season). Somebody was running the show. It was either Doug or ownership. I am inclined to believe that Doug made his choices. Sure, I would love to work with Kwame Brown again. Even though I didn’t use Spencer Hawes at all during the wonderful playoff run in 2012, I want him for at least 2 years.

I’m pretty sure we can live with Royal Ivey as the backup PG. No prob. In fact, Tony Dileo, the current GM, took that position after these moves. He was around for the Bynum trade. Hm.

Doug running the show is bad. He’s not one to use advanced stats. He just goes by the gut feeling. I will never forget last season. When asked why he started Tony Battie vs the Knicks instead of Nikola Vucevic who was playing well at the time, Doug said “I just felt it was a Tony Battie night”. Is that right, Doug? That’s how you felt? Battie barely played that game. But I guess he had to start.

Questionable moves like that are on a coach. But again, Doug runs the show. And because of this, we will always have odd roster moves. Only way this ends is either Doug is gone, or somebody in Sixers’ management grows a pair of balls and tells Doug “no” when appropriate.

I never really had a problem with Doug the coach. But, perhaps he’s not one to coach for a long time. He may have all of the understanding as we heard on TNT and other times he’s been a commentator. But, that doesn’t mean he’s a good coach. But, when I look at how poorly the roster was constructed, combined with my feeling that this team was built before Bynum was a thought, leads me to believe that Doug played a key role in making this mess. Both as a coach and GM.

We mention how Doug is making the best of a bad situation. But when you consider that he made the situation, you don’t feel as sorry for him.

Yes, some blame goes to the players. But the roster was doomed from the start. Now, I do like the contracts on this team. The team is not screwed. They will have money to work with this summer. We just have to make sure the right people are in charge of deciding who gets all of this money.

I am still on the fence of whether Doug should stay or not. I am talking about the coach too.

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