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Doug Collins, Evan Turner

Doug Collins hopes to go Bagger Vance on Evan Turner


Evan Turner needs something — he is averaging 5 points a game on 28.6 percent shooting so far this season. That is a slump… let’s hope it’s a slump. For Turner’s sake lets hope he can turn it around

Sixers coach Doug Collins told CSNPhilly.con’s John Finger that he has an idea of how to bring Turner back around.

A couple of weeks ago, Sixers coach Doug Collins was watching the movie “The Legend of Bagger Vance” and it immediately put his mind in motion.

Collins thought, what if he could mentor third-year guard Evan Turner and help him get “unlocked” the way Will Smith’s character, Bagger Vance, worked with golfer Rannulph Junuh, played by Matt Damon.

Let’s start here — why is anyone watching Bagger Vance? Will Smith preaching Eastern philosophy on the golf course? Ugh, go watch Tin Cup again instead. Okay, moving on now…

Turner was working hard against the Knicks on Sunday, as evidenced by his 11 rebounds, but his shot is still on hiatus. Collins thinks he’ll break through soon.

“I thought Evan rebounded the ball well today,” Collins said. “But other than getting ‘unlocked,’ he just needs a breakout game. Just a breakout game where the ball goes in and he’s in a good rhythm. Right now, he’s just not in a great rhythm, but then again, our team is not [in a great rhythm].”

Turner needs to get “unlocked” if he wants to unlock a bigger contract and an extension to his rookie deal next summer.

Andrew Bynum did not practice Wednesday, still has knee “discomfort”

Andrew Bynum

UPDATE 1:36 pm: Once again, things did not go according to schedule on Andrew Bynum’s knee. I don’t want to say you should get used to that, Sixers fans, but… well, just ask some Lakers fans about it.

Bynum did not practice with the Sixers and was held out due to knee “discomfort” tweets Sixers beat writer Tom Moore. Bynum did a drill, felt discomfort and was pulled at that point, according to Moore. The Sixers, as they have been (and should be) through this entire process are being very cautious. They have put their chips in with Bynum and can survive just fine if he misses some games to start the season. He is not going to play until he feels 100 percent.

Bynum said this:

He can say that, but the opener is a week away and if he hasn’t practiced with the team… exactly. Let’s be kind and say it’s not likely.

11:43 am: Andrew Bynum should be on the court with the Sixers Wednesday.

After missing most of the preseason with a bone bruise — and because the Sixers were being cautious following his German blood spinning treatment for his knee this summer — Bynum has sat out. On Monday he was scheduled to get an injection of a synthetic lubricant into his arthritic knee.

But Wednesday he is supposed to be practicing with Philadelphia.

So how soon is he going to be ready to play for the Sixers? The season opener next Wednesday? Good questions. Doug Collins was intentionally vague speaking with CSNPhilly.com.

“A lot of that is going to be how he responds to increased activity,” Collins said when asked if Bynum would be ready for the opener. “I know how important the home opener is, but we’re not going to do anything silly and have another setback where it costs you and now you have to miss those kinds of games.”

There are no more exhibition games for the team.

There’s a buzz in Philly around the team, and when the 76ers went 6-1 in the preseason without Bynum it seemed to amplify it. The 76ers got out and ran this preseason and opponents couldn’t adapt. That pace could carry over to the regular season, even with Bynum on the floor, and with the Sixers athletes they should run more. They would be tough to stop.

But the 6-1 record is utterly meaningless. Because the results of preseason games are meaningless and not a reliable predictor of the regular season at all.

What matters is how Philadelphia looks against Denver on Halloween night. How they play against a Nuggets team that would be more than happy to pick up the pace and run with them. Philly could really use Bynum for that game.

Andrew Bynum to have another “routine” injection in knee

Andrew Bynum

When it comes to Andrew Bynum’s knees, I’m not sure anything can be considered “routine.”

But that is the word the 76ers are using to describe another procedure Bynum is about to have done to his knee. The one with the bone bruise following his last procedure that has kept him out of training camp and team workouts so far. From Dei Lynam at CSNPhilly.com.

According to a source close to the situation but not authorized to speak for the team, Bynum will undergo a previously scheduled procedure that puts fluid, or as many call it “motor oil” into the knee. That fluid will act as a joint lubricator. It is a common procedure, given by injection that minimizes pain often associated with knee arthritis.

Bynum’s official timetable continues to be late October, in time for him to be there for the Sixers at the start of the season. You read this quote from coach Doug Collins a couple weeks before the first game and see if you think that’s accurate.

“He says he is feeling better,” Doug Collins said after Sunday’s practice session. “Eventually he is going to get running on the treadmill and that will be a huge step. We have a new anti-gravity machine which can take up to 80 percent of your body weight off, so you can get over there and run and only be hitting 20 percent of your body weight. You can move it up little by little. That is going to be the next step for him.”

I have no doubt Bynum will be back before too many regular season games are lost and I hope he gets to play the rest of the season from when he does step on a court. Mostly because more Bynum means less Kwame Brown, and that’s good for all of us.

But if he’s not even on the anti-gravity treadmill yet, you think he’ll be ready for game action in a couple weeks?

Sixers pick up option for next season on coach Collins

Doug Collins, Kevin Fehr

Doug Collins has earned the right to stick around in Philadelphia — he has instilled a defensive mindset and toughness in the team that made them respectable. It helped them get past Chicago in the first round of the playoffs last year (that and the Derrick Rose injury). Now he is going to have a couple of seasons to show what he can do with a real center in the middle and his young pieces maturing around him.

The Sixers picked up the 2013-14 team option on Collins contract Monday, the team announced.

“Doug Collins has repeatedly proven that he is one of the best head coaches in the NBA and we consider ourselves very fortunate to have him here in Philadelphia,” said Sixers Managing Owner Josh Harris. “We look forward to Doug’s continued leadership, passion and dedication to this organization and our fans, and know that he will work tirelessly in order to put our team in the best position to succeed every time they step on the court.”

Collins now has a roster with big man Andrew Bynum in the paint — and Collins old-school ways could be the kind of push Bynum needs. Phil Jackson was always a “let them figure it out for themselves” kind of coach, which works well with veteran teams. Bynum might thrive with more direct instruction. Plus there is real talent like Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner.

Collins has helped change the fortunes of this team around, he deserved to have his extension. Now we will see what he can do with a more talented team.

Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner are your Sixer ball handlers now

Evan Turner

Last season in Philly, the games started with Jrue Holiday as the point guard and decision maker. Then when Lou Williams came in off the bench gunning he shared those decision-making responsibilities.

Now Williams is gone to Atlanta. So who is going to be the guy with the ball in his hands when Holiday is resting?

Try Evan Turner. That is what coach Doug Collins told Dei Lynam of CSNPhilly.com.

“I have put a lot of thought into it and me and my coaches are ready to put our plans into action,” Collins said. “With losing Lou, we are going to have to have a guy who can handle the ball with that second unit. I mean we did sign Royal Ivey but depending who comes off the bench it could be based on matchups. I could sub for Jrue early in the game with another perimeter guy and let Evan play out the quarter and then come back with Jrue as the point guard with our second unit and let Evan rest. I think what you will see is Jrue and Evan playing point guard with the second unit based on night to night.”

Ivey is going to get some run but giving Evans more playmaking responsibilities seems the smart move.

Andrew Bynum is clearly an offensive focal point, but the Sixers need smart guards who read when to get him the ball and how to take advantage of defenses that overload to stop him.

Turner started to step up last season and his continued maturation is huge for Philly this season. It’s something to watch. He is going to get his shot.