Sixers Notes: Sixers' Doug Collins still not talking about his future

Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doug Collins argues a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Friday, April 12, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doug Collins argues a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Friday, April 12, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (AP)
Posted: April 14, 2013

WASHINGTON - While 76ers coach Doug Collins has not addressed a column in Thursday's Inquirer that indicated ownership wants him to resign, there are others in front offices around the league that are willing to talk about it.

Such was the case Friday when an Atlantic Division general manager, speaking anonymously, addressed the situation.

"Doug has gotten them to the playoffs in the last two seasons, so he's got that going for him," the general manager said.

"Everyone knows he's an excellent coach. But that situation wasn't right from the start," he continued, obviously referring to the trade for Andrew Bynum, who never played this season for the Sixers. "Does he get the blame for that? I don't know. Seems like there's something else going on. I don't know, so I can't speak specifically. You just wonder."

Collins refused to talk about the speculation, preferring instead to discuss the remaining games on the Sixers' schedule.

"Let's move forward to the basketball game," Collins said about Friday's opponent, the Wizards. "We have four more games to play. I've told you all along I am not the topic of conversation. We're going to focus in on the games, and we're going to play those. We'll sit down at the end of the season, as we've always done. I have a good relationship with Josh Harris, and we'll discuss what we need to do next year."

The column cited multiple team sources.

Fool's gold in D.C.?

Hard to say.

The Wizards started the season 5-28 without former No. 1 overall pick John Wall (left knee). However, since his return, the Wizards had gone 24-22. Headed for the lottery this summer, the Wizards lost their first 12 games of the season.


 

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