(PHILADELPHIA) — Doug Collins’ time in Philadelphia seems to be coming to an end. According to ESPN NBA Insider Chris Broussard, Collins will resign from his position as head coach once the season ends.
After leading the team to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs last season, the Sixers have experienced a heartbreaking season as they will not make the playoffs for the first time under Collins. During the offseason, the team traded away Andre Iguodala, Nikola Vucevic, and Moe Harkless to get center Andrew Bynum.
Bynum never played a single minute for the team this year due to various knee issues, while the players they traded away have flourished. With two games to play, the Sixers are 33-47 after going 35-31 last season.
Collins’ ties with the Sixers go beyond coaching. He was a four-time All Star with the Sixers, but had to retire from basketball in 1981 because of a knee injury.
Since Larry Brown left the team in 2003, the Sixers have had seven head coaches, and will soon hire an eighth.
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