Collins knows how hard the city can be. However, he did not share any horror stories.
"No, I told him just the opposite," Collins said. "I told him what an incredible city it was and how much they love their Eagles. I told him that he couldn't find a better place to coach."
Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner have scuffled lately. In the five games before Monday, Holiday, leading the Sixers in scoring (18.6 points a game), averaged just 12.0 points on 26.7 percent shooting. Turner, averaging 13.7 points, averaged just 9.4 points on 29.8 percent shooting.
"They have to keep working and they have to keep making their own opportunities," Collins said. "They have assumed positions this year that they've never really done before. Things are ratcheted up."
Holiday (4 for 8) scored 15 points and Turner (6 for 18) had 16 Monday.
When Billy King saw the 76ers in the preseason, the Nets general manager thought they had the chance to be special - if Andrew Bynum was healthy.
"They had the shooters, and they were going to fit them all around [Bynum]," said King, the former Sixers GM. "I don't think teams were looking forward to playing against them."
King spent 10 years in the Sixers front office before he was fired in 2007. He knows that the fans are hurting because of the way things have turned out with Bynum and his chronically ailing knees.
"The thing about these fans is they will bounce back from it. They are tough," King said.