Doug Collins and Philadelphia 76ers have had a disappointing season, going just 34-48. As many reported, it was believed that Collins would no longer be head coach of the Sixers, but stay with the team. Today, owner Josh Harris officially announced that Collins will no longer be the head coach.
Collins will remain with the Sixers as an adviser to Josh Harris. Collins actually made the decision that this was his last season during the Sixers road trip around Christmas time. Collins stated that he wanted to go out with dignity:
"I talked [a few] months ago to Tony DiLeo and Rod Thorn and I said I wanted to figure out an exit strategy. I wanted to go out with dignity."
Owner Josh Harris explained the situation:
"At the end of the day, he's a proud father and he wants to spend more time with his family. Doug is a 24/7, 100mph guy, which i really appreciate. He doesn/t want to be coaching next year anywhere. He's not planning on coaching anywhere else. It was a personal decision for him. I want to make that clear. I would love to have Doug Collins back as my coach next year. This is his decision. He's not being pushed out."