By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Sixers made it official Thursday, Doug Collins is out as head coach. Collins will remain with the team in an advisory role.
“Doug will not coach next season,” Sixers owner Josh Harris said. “A the end of the day, he’s a proud father and he wants to spend time with his family.”
Harris pointed out that the decision to leave was Collins’, and the team did not force him out. Harris said he would have loved to retain Collins as coach.
“When someone says they want to spend time with their kids, and their grand kids, that’s something I respect,” Harris said.
“I don’t want you to miss a coach,” Collins said. “I want you to miss a man.” Collins said his advisory role will last five years.
Collins said that this would be his last NBA coaching job.
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The 2012-13 season was supposed to be different for the Sixers, after they traded Andre Iguodala, Moe Harkless, Nik Vucevic and a first round pick for Andrew Bynum. Bynum never played due to knee problems, and the season fell apart. Collins’ meltdown after a loss at home against Orlando could have been a signal that he had enough.
The Sixers made the playoffs in two of Collins three seasons with the team, finishing above .500 just once. The highlight was the team’s playoff run in 2012, with an improbably playoff win over the Bulls and a seven-game series with the Celtics. The lowlight was, well, pretty much 75% of this season.