Saturday, September 5, 2015

Doug Collins not in talking mood about his status

Following a report on Thursday that some in management may not be in favor of Doug Collins returning as coach, he had nothing to say about it.

Doug Collins not in talking mood about his status

0 comments
Doug Collins said the Sixers will not try to lose games to improve the team´s chances of acquiring more ping-pong balls in the lottery. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Doug Collins said the Sixers will not try to lose games to improve the team's chances of acquiring more ping-pong balls in the lottery. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

The quesions were ready to fly, but 76ers coach Doug Collins was having none of it. Barely one question got out about the recent Inquirer story that cited sources saying some in Sixers management wouldn't mind seeing Collins leave before the coach cut the direction of questioning into another area. 

“Absolutely," said Collins when asked if he feels management has his back. "I’m going to talk about the NBA, I’m going to talk about Washington, so let’s move forward about the Washington game. Let’s move forward to the basketball game. We have 4 more games to play. I’ve told you all along, I’m not the topic of conversation. We’re going to focus in on the games, we’re going to play those. We’ll sit down at the end of the season, as we’ve always done. I have a wonderful relationship with (owner) Josh Harris and we will discuss what we need to do next year. 

“I told you, let’s talk about the basketball game. You drove a long way here for that. There’s nothing to put to bed. Guys, you’re not going to trick me. Let’s go. What do you want to talk about? I want to talk about the basketball game. The focus is not me.”

Of course, it is, though. The question whether Collins will come back for next season, which he is under contract for, is really the only pivitol one surrounding this organization right now as the team is just playing out the string before this season mercifully ends. 

More coverage
 
Download FREE Philly Sports Now app for iPhone!
 
VOTE: Will 76ers make playoffs this year?
 
Forum: Does Hinkie have 76ers on right track?
 
Buy 76ers jerseys, memorabilia, and other gear
 
Latest Sixers videos

You can read into the fact that Collins said he will sit down with Harris at the end of the season means that there is a decision to be made. And, Collins didn't come out and say that he'd be back. Reached for comment after the story came out on Thursday, management declined to comment. 

It was reported that Collins is scheduled to make $4.5 million next season. Should he quit, he wouldn't receive that money. Should he be fired, however, the team would still owe him the salary.

0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
Bob Cooney has been at the Daily News for more than 20 years, working in the sports department for the past 15. This is his third season on the Sixers beat. He has covered just about everything, but mostly college basketball, where he was the La Salle beat writer for six seasons. E-mail Bob at cooneyb@phillynews.com and follow him on Twitter.

Bob Cooney
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
letter icon Newsletter