Found November 10, 2012 on NESN.com:
BOSTON — Once upon a time, Doug Collins was given three years to prove that he could (or could not) turn the Chicago Bulls into a championship-caliber club. Collins’ team featured a budding superstar in Michael Jordan, a young enforcer in Charles Oakley and would eventually have promising rookies Horace Grant and Scottie Pippen to build around. Most fans know how Collins’ tenure with the Bulls turned out. He was fired after coaching the Bulls to the Eastern Conference finals in 1989 and was replaced by Phil Jackson, who led Chicago to the same fate the following year before the team finally broke through and won a title in 1991. Mike Brown‘s firing on Friday after 93 games with the Lakers, including playoffs and preseason, brought all of that to mind for Collins as he prepared to direct the Sixers against the Celtics at the TD Garden. Deep down, Collins may believe he did not get a full opportunity to lead the Bulls to a championship, but even he was given three years and the chance...
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