And so now comes the second wave of spin.
First came the report Thursday that the Sixers management would be happy if he just decided to walk away after this season. Of course, every step of the it was emphasized this was Collin’s call — he is under contract for next year and Sixers management is too smart to get into a PR battle with a popular former player and coach.
Now comes the report from Collin’s agent that everybody just gets along swimmingly. Via the Philadelphia Intelligencer/Courier Times:
“The relationship with Doug, me and Sixers management has been terrific,” said John Langel (Collins’ agent) during a Thursday afternoon telephone conversation. “What they told me beyond this season and as recently as today and yesterday is how long Doug stays here is Doug’s decision.”
Langel denied rumblings that the story, which cited multiple unnamed NBA sources, in Thursday’s Philadelphia Inquirer originated from Collins’ camp.
If a season with all the bumps, all the disappointments of this one in Philadelphia didn’t create strain in the organization there would be a problem. Please don’t sell us that it’s all puppy dogs and rainbows. I expect management has frustrations with Collins, Collins has frustrations with management, the players are frustrated with both of them, and everyone would like to tell Andrew Bynum where he should go this offseason.
But several of the players stuck up for Collins in speaking to Dei Lynam of CSNPhilly.com. Such as Evan Turner.
“We are here at shootaround right — we still practice,” Turner said. “From what I am told other teams would have hung it up by now and cut it short. It has been bad. I will stick up for him in this matter. Everybody takes the blame. I am not saying the media is bad, but they can pile manure on top of the person taking the blame.”
Collins notoriously wears out welcomes. It will be his call to come back or not next season, something he can decide after cooling down after the season ends.
But I bet the original report rings true — if Collins wants to leave not a lot of tears will be shed. They will workout a buyout and everyone will just move on.