Doug Collins Deserves His Share Of The Blame For The Sixers’ Failures76ers, BREAKING NEWS, News Thursday, February 28th, 2013
The day Tony DiLeo was given the general manager’s title, we all knew it really meant that Doug Collins was hired as the GM. There were rumors of Rod Thorn and Collins having a power struggle during last year’s offseason. I am not sure if Collins was the reason for Thorn stepping down, but I guarantee that Doug helped push Thorn out the door.
So basically, Doug has the final say (Captain Obvious). I do feel bad for Doug the coach, but I don’t feel bad for Doug the evaluator. I did enjoy that World Class rant by him after the loss to the Magic. Here is two of the best quotes just in case you missed it.
Can he change their mind sets:
“Can I tell you something? If everybody looked inside themselves as much as I did, this world would be a CAT scan. OK? I mean, believe me, there’s not two days go by that I don’t to go Rod [Thorn], I don’t go to Tony [DiLeo] — what can I do? Can I do anything different? How can I be a better coach? How can I be a better leader? How can I help these guys? Sometimes you’ve gotta help yourself. You know? Sometimes you’ve gotta help yourself. Youth is a very blaming thing.” via CSN
Does his players ask for help:
No. I usually go to them.
“And, you know what, after a while, the talk gets old. Man, it gets old. It just does.
“At some point and time, you just gotta play. I told them at halftime, the game’s not about X’s and O’s. We went up 29-20 — it wasn’t about X’s and O’s. [The Magic] scored 14 out of 20 possessions going into half. We came out, we were going to be all fired up, and it was a 7-0 run before we could blink. It was almost identical to New York. We were down 12 and we gave them an 8-0 run.
“And it’s incredibly frustrating, yes, it is. But my job is to not put that kind of product on the floor. I’m incredibly hard on myself. I love it when the fans start yelling at me — I’m not playing. You didn’t yell at me when I played. Why are you yelling at me when I’m coaching? via CSN
No Doug, they aren’t booing Doug the coach. They aren’t booing Doug the player. They’re booing Doug the GM. I get that without Andrew Bynum playing it leaves a huge gap on this team, but the rest of this roster is a mess.
Maybe, Dorell Wright and Nick Young would look better if Bynum was here. He would open up the court for them. He would not help them become better defenders and stop them from being soft as hell though.
Speaking of soft, Spencer Hawes. Need I say more? Bynum would not change him. Kwame Brown? Forget it. Would he help Turner? I think Turner could benefit big-time from having Bynum around. Though Turner would still be a head case.
I still think trading for Bynum was the right move. I also believe that the Sixers knew that Bynum was not completely healthy. They obviously didn’t know he was hurt this bad. They took a shot and they came up empty. I don’t blame them at all for trying. They were trying to get relevant again.
Honestly, I don’t think it even matters if Bynum comes back. I don’t think anything can help with this roster. Collins, that is where the blame falls on you.
Well, at least everyone is talking Sixers. Even, if it means that they are making fun of the them. Here comes the Lottery! Tank Season has begun!
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