Sixers coach juggling talent to get right mix

Coach Doug Collins , talking with Jrue Holiday, is tryingto match players with complementary skills.
Coach Doug Collins , talking with Jrue Holiday, is tryingto match players with complementary skills.
Posted: October 17, 2010

It's as if Doug Collins is playing an intricate game of chess.

The 76ers' coach must decide which pieces to use for an attack, which ones to hold back for the second wave, and how they're most effective together.

Collins has less than two weeks to devise a plan before the regular season begins.

"Pretty much he's looking at a whole different bunch of options and trying to see which groups mesh together well," forward Thaddeus Young said. "That's what we've been doing so far, trying to get a feel for who can play with each other and who can't play with each other."

After Friday's practice, Collins held a brief powwow with Sixers president Rod Thorn and general manager Ed Stefanski.

"I'm saying, 'Guys, tell me what you see,' " Collins explained. "I think it's important we - all three - talk to each other."

During Saturday's practice at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Collins moved Young and shooting guard Evan Turner to the second unit.

"With a certain unit out there, we have no shooting," Collins said. "And if you move one guy off, like I moved Evan today to the other unit to handle the ball a little bit, you lose your best rebounder.

"I say, 'Don't read into this as you've been moved to the second team.' I am still searching, so don't take this as, 'You're the reason why this is happening and I'm moving you there.' I have to get a look at all of this now."

Battie back. Veteran big man Tony Battie (right knee inflammation) had limited swelling after Friday's practice and was able to scrimmage again on Saturday. He wore a bulky brace on his knee.

Injuries. Marreese Speights did not practice. The team's reserve center suffered a right hamstring strain during Wednesday's loss in Toronto. Speights is listed as day-to-day. Collins said he spoke with Speights and encouraged him to "keep his conditioning up." . . . Center Spencer Hawes is out indefinitely with a lower back strain. Collins said he hoped to have Hawes back by next week.


Contact staff writer Kate Fagan at 856-779-3844 or kfagan@phillynews.com.

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