Best Candidates to Replace Doug Collins as Philadelphia 76ers Coach

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Best Candidates to Replace Doug Collins as Philadelphia 76ers Coach
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Doug Collins is fed up, and he's finally throwing in the towel on the Philadelphia 76ers. According to reports, Collins informed the team that he won't return as its coach next season:

The move was made official in a press conference on Thursday, April 18.



First, we have to address the bad-assery with which Collins approached the situation. People have called for his head for a good chunk of the season, and despite the fact that injuries ravaged his team and Philadelphia traded away his best player over the summer, the team reportedly supported that notion.

Instead of sitting on the conveyor belt and waiting to be chopped into bits and pieces, he simply hurled himself into a wood chipper. It was the old, "You can't fire me, I quit!" routine.

Collins had a year left on his deal, and if he had stuck around to the end, it would have marked the first time he coached a team for more than three seasons.

At this point, he is 109-119 with two games left to go to make it three seasons with the 76ers, one of which was last year's lockout-shortened season.

With Collins out the door, the 76ers become the first team to officially put a head coaching search at the top of their offseason to-do list, so they have a head start on compiling a list of replacement candidates.

A few names should pop up near the top of that list as they look to take a step forward this summer after a huge step back throughout this season.

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