If 76ers head coach Doug Collins were one of the Chilean miners, he would have found a ray of sunlight on each of his days underground. That's just how positive he is.
His team has started the season 2-8. He has lost a bunch of players to injuries for various lengths of time, has been unable to coax them to find victories when they were painstakingly close, and is starting a backcourt that can do nothing but improve.
Yet, Collins is focusing on the things that eventually might help turn the organization around.
"You know, we've had a very, very difficult schedule to start the season," said Collins. "That is not an excuse at all, it really is just reality. Just look at this past week. We played at Oklahoma City, at Dallas and at San Antonio. Those are three of the top five teams in the Western Conference. We played very well against Oklahoma City, lost by six but had a chance to take the lead late in the game but just couldn't get over that hump. In Dallas, we again got close in the third [tied with 1 minute remaining], but let them get out on us in the fourth.