Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports broke the news, Doug Collins has told told Sixers’ ownership that he does not plan on returning to the sideline next season. This news comes less than a week after the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Bob Ford reported that the team was privately hoping Collins would step down at the end of the season.
Collins’ decision does not come as much of a surprise. While his agent, John Langel, said that his client would continue to be the coach of the Sixers, there was never a feeling that Doug Collins was sure of his future with the team.
As hard as this season has been to swallow after entering the season with such high expectations, not much of the blame can be placed on the head coach. After trading Andre Iguodala, Nik Vucevic, Maurice Harkless, Lou Williams, and Jodie Meeks and ultimately getting nothing in return, how could anyone blame Collins for the team’s struggles? Much of the disappointment of the 2012-2013 Sixers’ season is a direct result of Andrew Bynum’s inability to play. The All-Star from a year ago failed to suit up once in Philadelphia.
With that said, the coach will always draw criticism from the casual fan. Regardless of the reasons, the Doug Collins’ era has two games remaining.