Doug Collins will be back on your television this year, working for ABC/ESPN as an analyst before games and also doing some color commentary.
He was in Philadelphia the last three years including this past season when, as he put it, the Sixers swung for the fences with Andrew Bynum. And whiffed. It was a good gamble at the time — Bynum was coming off a season where he had played 60 of the 66 regular season games and every postseason game, putting up career best numbers. But gambles by their very definition come with risk, and the Sixers came up snake eyes on that role of the dice.
Philly decided to rebuild and it was best for both sides if Collins, who was losing his young team, wasn’t part of it. So everyone shook hands and moved on.
So is Collins like a lot of analysts, just biding time until the next coaching gig opens up? Not in the least, he told Marc Stein at ESPN’s TrueHoop.
No, I’m through coaching. I said it when I went to Philly. That was my last spot. Like I said, it was a circle of life for me.
I was at a coaching clinic the other day at Illinois State talking about how difficult coaching has become. There’s so much criticism and you’re always under the microscope. It’s a tough, tough thing. There’s so much money involved because these franchises are worth hundreds of millions of dollars and the coach, whether it’s right or wrong, has to be in the spotlight all the time. That’s just the way the situation is….
Coaching is 24/7. You know it’s going to be on your mind all the time. But I feel like I never coached a team that underachieved and I feel very good about that. The respect that you look for is the respect of your peers and hopefully I have that. I always felt our teams were prepared and I feel like we had young players get better wherever I was. There’s certain things in coaching you can’t control, but I’m proud of what I’ve done as a coach and I’m excited about this part of my life.
Coaching is different now, the change in the media landscape has focused a brighter light on the guy in the big chair. There is no doubt Collins can coach — his first couple seasons in Philly he got a lot out of that team. But it was time to move on.
And it’s a win for us; he’s a good analyst.