Y! Sources: Doug Collins has informed Philadelphia 76ers ownership that he will not return as coach next season. tinyurl.com/d7rsde9— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) April 15, 2013
The move was made official in a press conference on Thursday, April 18.
Philadelphia 76ers owner Josh Harris just made it official that Doug Collins is stepping down as head coach.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) April 18, 2013
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.
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.