CHICAGO – Philadelphia 76ers owner Josh Harris endorsed the return of Sixers coach Doug Collins for next season on Friday.
During a 12-minute conference call Saturday night, Harris said he expected Collins to return as the team’s coach for the 2012-13 season.
“I think Doug appreciates the situation he has here and he likes being a part of the team,” Harris said. “And I think he and I have a great relationship at least from my point of view and I think he feels that way as well.
“ He knows that he has my total support,” Harris continued, “So I’m hopeful – there is no reason that I know of why Doug won’t be returning next year – that would be a real surprise to me. And that would be a disappointment to me because I really want Doug back.”
Last season, Collins’ first as head coach, concluded with the Sixers reaching the playoffs with a 41-41 record after a 3-13 start. The Sixers were eliminated in the first round (4-1) of the Eastern Conference playoffs by the Miami Heat.