Thursday, May 20, 2010

Sixers close to deal with Collins

The Sixers are reportedly negotiating with Doug Collins to become the team's next head coach.

Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia reports Collins, currently an analyst for TNT, is working on a deal with the club. A source told the network that the two sides were hopeful the process "will move quickly."

The network also reported that the Chicago Bulls have also expressed interest in Collins to take over for the fired Vinny Del Negro.

The 58-year-old Collins coached the Bulls (1986-89), Detroit Pistons (1995-98) and Washington Wizards (2001-03) and has a career mark of 332-287. His teams have been to the playoffs five times, going as far as the conference finals with the Bulls in the 1988-89 season. He was then replaced by his assistant, Phil Jackson.

Collins spent his entire NBA playing career with the 76ers (1973-81) and averaged 17.9 points a game. He was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 1973.

The Sixers need a replacement for Eddie Jordan, who was fired after just one season. They finished a woeful 27-55 on the year, the worst mark for the franchise since the 1996-97 season. The team will pick second in this year's NBA Draft.

Others to interview with the Sixers include Phoenix assistant coach Dan Majerle, former Pistons standout Bill Laimbeer, Portland assistant Monty Williams, and ex-Mavericks coach Avery Johnson.

Doug Collins 1979-80 Topps NBA Card #64

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