Sixers Notes: Collins stops taking vertigo medication

Posted: November 06, 2010

76ers Notes

Doug Collins has decided to stop taking medication to combat his symptoms of vertigo.

"I'm not taking it at all," the 76ers coach said before Friday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. "That really was, when we talked to the doctors, more treating the symptoms."

The medication, which Collins was skipping on game days anyway, was making him tired.

Collins, 59, missed the second half of Wednesday night's win over the Indiana Pacers after feeling dizzy at the end of the first half. Collins also missed a preseason game battling the same symptoms, which he said stem from a fall he took in a coffee shop over Memorial Day weekend.

On Friday, Collins said he felt "better than I've felt in a long time." He said he spent the team's day off Thursday at a rehabilitation center.

"I feel great," Collins said. "I do, I feel really good. I got a good day's rest and I think we're starting to get to the bottom of this."

On fire

Sixers guard Lou Williams is averaging a team-high 18.0 points per game, shooting 46.2 percent from the field, 47.4 percent from three-point distance, and 89.2 percent from the foul line.

Before Friday night's game, Williams was weary of discussing his strong start, citing the superstition of jinxing good play by discussing its merits.

"I don't really want to talk about it, because the last game I did interviews, four in a row about free-throw shooting, and then I only shot two," Williams explained.

Entering Wednesday night's game against Indiana, Williams had taken 35 free throws through four games - about the same as the rest of the team combined. Against the Pacers, Williams was 2 for 2.

No show

Former Sixers guard Allen Iverson, who signed last week to play for Turkish club Besiktas, missed his flight to Istanbul on Friday evening.

Iverson signed a two-year, $4 million contract.

On Friday night, Ismail Senol of NBA TV Turkey tweeted the following: "Besiktas Cola Turka's Allen Iverson missed his flight to Istanbul and his arrival delayed to Monday."

Iguodala's exit

Sixers swingman Andre Iguodala, who has a strained right Achilles tendon, did not return to Friday's game at the start of the second half. Iguodala played 18 minutes in the first half, finishing with seven points, four assists, and two rebounds. In his place, Collins started the second half with rookie Evan Turner. Iguodala played until the final buzzer of the half, even taking the team's final shot with 2.9 seconds remaining. He will undergo an MRI on Saturday.

Out of action

Forward Craig Brackins and guard Jodie Meeks remained on the Sixers' inactive list, where they have been all season.

- Kate Fagan

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