Sixers Notes: Collins' coach son also rises

Posted: March 18, 2012

CHICAGO - Doug Collins has seen, and knows, all about the profession of being a basketball coach. He is now with his fourth, and he says last, team. His days as the head man on the bench will come to a close in the not too distant future.

But as the 76ers coach's career on the bench winds down, his son, Chris, seems about ready to embark on a head coaching position.

Since 2000, Chris has been an assistant to Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. Now rumors are swirling, particularly in this area, that the younger Collins might be ready to take over his own program. Illinois and Northwestern have been rumored to perhaps want Chris Collins to be their next coach.

"You know how much I love Chris and what I think of Chris," said Collins of his son. "He's been raised in basketball. He's paid his dues, he's been a longtime assistant and he's ready. He's ready for the right situation and I don't know what that's going to be. He's very happy at Duke. Everybody at some point in time wants to put their fingerprints on a program. That's what we all want to do.

"Chris' roots are here, he played high school basketball here, he was Mr. Basketball. He's recruited in this area and he's come in and gotten some of the best young players from here. I think he's going to be a terrific young coach."

Hawes returns

Starting center Spencer Hawes, still limited in his playing time while he returns from the strained Achilles that sidelined him for 27 of 29 games, started last night against the Chicago Bulls after sitting out the night before against Miami. Hawes was originally supposed to play against the Heat, but the coaching staff and trainers wanted to get him back on a more even schedule with a game looming on Monday in Charlotte.

"It's frustrating, but at the same time I definitely understand because we have to do whatever we have to do to get back into that rhythm," said Hawes.

The parameters for Hawes' comeback have him playing five minutes at a time and not in back-to-back games. Collins, though, says he's gotten some leeway on that.

Nocioni gone

Though the team hadn't officially announced anything before game-time last night, it appears they have bought out the contract of Andres Nocioni. The forward had appeared in only 11 games for the Sixers this season, and with the acquisition of swingman Sam Young on Thursday there was really no room for Nocioni, 32.