Doug Collins burns out. Burns out his players, burns out himself. That was his reputation through 11 seasons coaching the Bulls, Pistons, Wizards and 76ers.
When Collins left Philadelphia in 2013, he declared he was done coaching. There was just too much pressure, he said.
Perhaps, Collins has found a role that better suits him.
In a surprise announcement, the Chicago Bulls have brought former coach Doug Collins back into the fold, naming him a senior advisor to Executive Vice President John Paxson.
Even among NBA personnel, Collins was a basketball expert in his time. Whether he has kept up in a rapidly evolving league is an open question.
It won’t hurt having his voice in the room. It might hurt if the Bulls lean too heavily on it.
Hopefully, everyone entered this arrangement for the right reasons. Paxson played for Collins in Chicago. Collins’ son – Chris Collins – coaches nearby Northwestern. An overreliance on comfort won’t yield positive results. The Bulls need forward-thinkers, not just familiar faces. Successful executives put in a lot of work and aren’t just hanging around to be close with family.
This hire probably won’t move the needle much, but there’s certainly a chance it could – in either direction.