Last season, his first on the bench for the Philadelphia 76ers, head coach Doug Collins helped turn his team around after a disastrous campaign the year before under the direction of Eddie Jordan the year before. The Sixers were back in the Playoffs this past spring, before being knocked out in the first round by the Miami Heat, who won the series by a 4-1 margin.
Although there seems to be no end in sight for the NBA Lockout which began on July 1, Collins will begin preparing for training camp starting the day after Labor Day. He told the “Philadelphia Inquirer” that he and his coaches will act as if training camp and preseason games will be starting as scheduled.
The former broadcaster who went back to the coaching ranks last season told the paper “My coaches and I are going to get back together the day after Labor Day. We’re going to fly in Sept. 6 and get together, and we’re going to spend about 10 days together. We’re just going to go through all of our stuff: review last season and watch a lot of tape. We’re going to start planning training camp as if it’s going to go on as scheduled. At that same time, I’m going to bring in four or five guys because we’re going to eventually have to hire an assistant coach to take over for (former Sixers assistant) Quin (Snyder.) We have some work that we can do, so that’s what we’re going to be planning on doing.”
Snyder decided to move to the West Coast, and has taken a job as an assistant to new Los Angeles Lakers bench boss Mike Brown. According to the paper, Collins will most likely fill the vacancy on his staff sometime in mid-September.