Archive: April, 2013
The 76ers are set to announce the acquisition of an NBA Developmental League team on Saturday.
Sixers majority owner Joshua Harris, who not long ago said the Sixers were very close to announcing the acquisition of a team, will be joined at the University of Delaware along with NBA Development League president Dan Reed and a pair of senators from Delaware to make the announcement Saturday afternoon. .
While the hunt for a coach for the 76ers has taken center stage, the question mark at general manager - which this struggling club addressed (or at least bandaged) before last season – also hangs over the franchisel.
Majority owner Josh Harris made it a point to say that he and general manger Tony DiLeo would be the driving forces behind the team’s search for Doug Collins' replacement. However, DiLeo’s contract expires in less than two months, most likely long after Collins’ replacement has been named.
This is interesting because if DiLeo does not receive and extension from the team, the new general manager could come into a situation where the coach is not his guy.
Doug Collins and the 76ers have reached agreement on a deal that will install Collins as special consultant to the team. The final stages of the deal are being hammered out between Collins’ lawyers John B. Langel, the chairman of law firm Ballard Spahr’s litigation department.
The deal will allow Collins, who will coach his final game for the team Wednesday at Indiana (49-31), to receive the remainder of the final year on his contract.
DETROIT – The76ers continue to ward of questions concerning the impending end of Doug Collins’ coaching career in the Philadelphia later this week
Moments before Collins conducted his pre-game press conference prior to a meaningless game here against the Detroit Pistons, team director of public relations Michael Preston announced that Collins would not answer any questions regarding multiple reports in the last week that Collins will not coach the team next season. Collins has one year at $4.5 million left on his contract and he will not ask for an extension.
The players have heard the rumors, however, and they are willing to talk about it.
Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach Brian James said he has not had any formal talks with Northwestern University to become an assistant coach with the men’s basketball team. Chris Collins, son of Sixers coach Doug Collins, was recently named the head coach there.
“I have not talked to anyone about a position,” James, reached this morning by phone, said. “I have talked to Chris since he got the job and I’m very happy for him. We talked about his future. As far as I am concerned, I’m here waiting to see what happens.”
It’s clear that Julius Erving is still a big fan of old teammate Doug Collins and not a big fan of the Andrew Bynum trade that looks to have set this franchise back a few years.
Erving on Collins:
“Doug is going to do what’s best for him and his family and the organization is going to do what’s best for them. The organization can ill-afford to have Doug walk away because you are not going to get a better coach or a better teacher. If you do, it’s going to cost.”
When asked before Friday’s game about Thursday’s report in the Inquirer that the 76ers front office hopes that Collins will resign and that they don’t want to offer him another extension, Collins said that he felt he had the support of ownership.
“Absolutely,” Collins said when asked about Majority owner Josh Harris’ support.
But he didn’t want to stay on that subject.
CHARLOTTE – Were the Charlotte Bobcats responsible for Jrue Holiday’s historically bad shooting performance? Or was it a case of Holiday being off.
Holiday finished with just five points. His 2-for-24 shooting represented the fewest number of made field goals by a player attempting at least 24 shots in the last 25 years.