Sixers Notes: Sixers coach Collins to cover Olympics for NBC

Posted: April 14, 2012

Unlike the Miami's Heat's Dwyane Wade, 76ers coach Doug Collins is going to be paid for his role in the Olympics.

"They are going to pay me to go and to broadcast the games for NBC," Collins said Friday night. "It's going to be great."

This was after Collins, who played on the 1972 U.S. Olympic team, was asked about the statement Wade made Wednesday. Wade, a member of the 2008 gold-medal-winning team in Beijing, said that NBA players should be compensated for their participation in the Olympics.

On Thursday, Wade, who also played on the 2004 Olympic team, released a statement saying that he did not feel a need to be compensated for his participation in London this summer - which will be his last time representing the United States.

The 76ers' Andre Iguodala is a finalist for the 2012 team. He said that when he won a world championship with Team USA in 2010, he did it for his country. But he didn't completely dismiss Wade's original contention.

"It is an argument that can go both ways," Iguodala said. "We do generate a lot of money for the networks. When I went, it was a great experience for me and it definitely had nothing to do with money. If I make the team, I'll be ready to do it for whatever."

When Collins participated in the 1972 games in Munich, Germany, the "guys wore Chuck Taylor Converse [sneakers] and we practiced at Pearl Harbor," he said.

"Look, it's a different time," Collins said. "When I covered the Games in 2008, I know how much it meant to those guys. When you hear a guy like Kobe Bryant say that winning a gold medal means as much or more than winning a [NBA] championship, you know that those guys are as committed to winning as any of the European teams."

Fresh Prince on hand

Sixers minority owner Will Smith attended Friday's game with his son, Jaden. Introduced at the start of the second half, Smith waved to the crowd. Later, majority owner Josh Harris and Smith exchanged a hug and a handshake.


Contact staff writer John N. Mitchell at jmitchell@philly.com. Follow on Twitter @JmitchInquirer

 

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