Every year teams underperform based on the fans’ and ownership's expectations. Often the easiest change to make is at the head coaching position.
Whether it be a long tenured coach who just hasn’t done enough to warrant his stay or a newcomer that has failed to turn an ailing team around, there will always be coaches on the hot seat toward the end of season.
And this season the Sixers and the Nets sit at very different places in the league, yet both will be addressing the head coaching position in the offseason.
It’s been a rough year for Philadelphia fans. The Eagles had such high expectations and were just plain awful. The Sixers shared these expectations when they traded a lot of prospects and Andre Iguodala for Andrew Bynum, who, as we all know, did not play a single game this year.
So Collins had to work with an emerging star at point guard, Jrue Holiday, and a bunch of role players that made up a roster that was supposed to be centered around Bynum. He’s done much better with teams just as mediocre as this one in the past, so what’s the problem this year?
The whole team, the whole city, is frustrated about Bynum and they still dwell on it, which is obviously affecting their play. As a head coach, Collins must keep his head and not show his aggravation, but he had failed to do so this season, which is another reason why he has to go.
His demeanor on the sidelines and his pessimism in interviews is not becoming of a head coach. In one postgame press conference, Collins had essentially given up on his team after an ugly loss against Orlando.
Not only is a 31-47 record terrible, but Collins seems to be slipping in areas his teams normally excel in. For example, the Sixers are 12thin the league in defense, allowing 96.8 points per game. A season ago, they were the third best defensive team, giving up only 89.4 points a game.
They are clearly not the worst defensive team, but the Sixers need to be dominant defensively because they lack a prolific scoring attack. They are 29th in the league in points per game…
Oh, and Collins has never made it to his fourth year as a head coach—he’s finishing up is third year in Philly.
Although Carlesimo has gone 31-18 since taking over Avery Johnson’s job in the middle of the season, he still has the interim tag. Carlesimo didn’t make any drastic changes and his angry, shouting coaching style doesn’t exactly fit with stars—ask Latrell Sprewell.
It is apparent that the Nets are just waiting until the season ends before they hire a new coach—a coach probably with a bigger name and personality to fit this Brooklyn squad.
The owners have the money to go out and land a great head coach that can lead this team to an NBA championship, which is what they were aiming for when they put together this roster. After a 14-14 start, Carlesimo was brought in to save the team from collapsing this season and he has done so.
But he is not the man to refocus and truly lead a team filled with talented stars such as Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez.