Sixers Fans Beware
michael curry is gunning for your head coaching job..
Pray he doesnt get it... if you think your team is struggling now, wait until he ruins everything...
I'd be surprised if Coach Collins was replaced unless by his own accord as the 76ers have not given a true representation of themselves mainly due to Andrew Bynum yet to step on court for them. Given they lost Iggy, Brand, Williams and Vucevic and on court they have only been replaced by Nick Young and Jason Richardson, even with Holiday, Evan Turner and Thad Young all having improved seasons. It is not a great surprise that they struggled given the experience they lost and with Bynum on court.
The 76ers could just be the long term losers in the D12/Bynum/Iggy lead trade as they gave away a highly promising big in Vucevic and a highly touted draft pick in Harkness plus Mr Intangibles Iggy. Even if they had waived Brand and Williams had moved on, with the above guys in or if Bynum had shown his best form, I'm sure they would have been in a play off birth.
Michael Curry would not be my choice to replace Coach Collins if he was replaced/decided to move on.
i really think curry took himself permanently out of a head coaching job with the pistons, granted that was the iverson year. but still, when you have EVERY player on the team hating the coach and each other (this includes mcdyess, tayshaun, stuckey, rip, sheed) you have no business being a leader.
I'm just not sure why Doug Collins should be fired. He made Thad Young into the player he is today, and he took Jrue's scoring average from 14 to 19 and assists from 6.5 to 8.7. He did a nice job with Vuc last year and Lavoy Allen was rated as one of the NBA's worst players before his rookie season. I've even seen Nick Young record an assist after making a defensive stop.
Of course there are things that Collins could improve upon, but right now I think people are just having a tough time handling the truth. I'm down with everything he said in his press conference the other night so let's let the players respond on the court before we make any irrational decisions like promoting Curry.
I disagree with nearly everything you just said. He did not do anything for Thad Young but finally give him playing time. Thad Young was averaging nearly 15ppg like his 2nd year in the league, and Collins came and relegated him to like 25 mpg off the bench. Thad should of been starting and this is why.
Also he didn't do anything with Vucevic but bury him at the end of the bench at the end of the season and made him expendable. Is Vooch was getting more minutes which he was capably of because he was better then Hawes even last year, then they would of been able to see him true potential and maybe not make that trade. Instead they bring in Kwame Brown and promise him a starting position.....WTF!
And don't get me started about how Collins nearly Darko'd Turners career by holding him back. Turner's first NBA game was against the Miami Heat and he recorded 16, 7 and 4, making a few big plays like his crossover on Wade and drained the 3, to his sick spin move on Bosh on the baseline which he turned into a nice floating runner. Then the next game Turner took 1 shot. 1 shot! Jodie Meeks started for 2 years instead of Turner.
Turners biggest problem is consistency but that happens with any player whose starting a full season for the first time which could of been solved had he started earlier, it's not like Turner came in raw, he came in as a super polished guard who just lacked a jumper.
No. We want Tim Legler, who is a philly guy. We need a young coach to build around and listen too.
I saw this coming from the day they hired Collins. Collins is a great coach with a great personality, but he's a perfectionists who usually burns himself out in only a couple years.
And since Collins took over he's been praised for his teams defense, but the thing about that is, Michael Curry is the one who designed the defense the Sixers utitlize. So I'm actually expecting at some point for Collins to step down and name Curry as his replacement.
Collins pretty consistently fizzles out after a few years. He did want the Bynum trade, it has gone horribly for them, as they could very well pay him 16.9 million dollars and then lose him, the young pieces in Orlando have looked good, and the team really has gotten much worse internally as well. Turner didn't do what many Sixers fans thought he would (I predicted this, he's always been a low ceiling guy) and outside Holiday and Young they have a lot of scrubs who just can't play. I guess a lot of that isn't on Collins but he has been heavily involved in personnel decisions, and they haven't been good ones. Everyone naturally assumed Iguodala's days were limited there due to young talent, but they kind of forgot he was the best defensive player on a team that relied soley on its defense.
Also, if you read Zach Lowe's recent Philly column, you see how poorly Collins has taught offense. Leading the league in long rang 2 pointers? Last in the league in getting to the line? Its sort of a joke.