After an abysmal 2012-2013 campaign with the Philadelphia 76ers, Doug Collins resigned from his post as head coach. The move didn’t come as a surprise, considering the extremely disappointing season and the fact that Collins had yet to stay with an organization for more than three years.
Recently, it was announced that Collins would be joining ESPN as an NBA analyst. Yesterday, Collins did an interview with his new colleague, Marc Stein. They discussed Collins’ move to TV, his time with the Sixers and coaching in general. In the interview, Collins dismissed any thoughts about him returning to the sidelines again when Stein asked him about it.
“No, I’m through coaching. I said it when I went to Philly. That was my last spot. Like I said, it was a circle of life for me.”
“Coaching is 24/7. You know it’s going to be on your mind all the time. But I feel like I never coached a team that underachieved and I feel very good about that. The respect that you look for is the respect of your peers, and hopefully I have that. I always felt our teams were prepared and I feel like we had young players get better wherever I was. There’s certain things in coaching you can’t control, but I’m proud of what I’ve done as a coach and I’m excited about this part of my life.”
Over his 11-year career as an NBA coach, Collins finished with a 442-407 record in stints with the Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards and Sixers. Collins lead his teams to 7 playoff appearances, including a conference finals appearance in 1988-89 with the Bulls.