James: no formal conversations with Northwestern

 

April 14, 2013, 1:49pm

Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach Brian James said he has not had any formal talks with Northwestern University to become an assistant coach with the men’s basketball team. Chris Collins, son of Sixers coach Doug Collins, was recently named the head coach there.

“I have not talked to anyone about a position,” James, reached this morning by phone, said. “I have talked to Chris since he got the job and I’m very happy for him. We talked about his future. As far as I am concerned, I’m here waiting to see what happens.”

James was Chris Collins high school coach before Chris Collins went to Duke as a player and eventually an assistant coach.

James has been an assistant to Doug Collins during stints in Detroit and Washington. Doug Collins has one year left on his contract with the Sixers. Earlier this week,  The Inquirer reported that Sixers management is unwilling to extend Collins’ deal past next season. Collins is owed $4.5 million next season.

“Obviously I have a very strong relationship with the Collins family; that’s something that goes without saying, so of course Chris and I have talked. But I have had no formal conversations with Northwestern.” 

 

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Will Sixers owner Joshua Harris, a huge fan of Collins who extended the coach’s contract through next season, see the team’s backward step into the lottery after two playoff years as the by-product of poor coaching?
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Inside the Sixers: Doug Collins doesn’t deserve to be fired

MIAMI – So how will Doug Collins’ third season as 76ers coach be evaluated when it mercifully draws its last breath 10 days from now in Indiana?

Will Sixers owner Joshua Harris, a huge fan of Collins who extended the coach’s contract through next season, see the team’s backward step into the lottery after two playoff years as the by-product of poor coaching?
Probably not.

The loquacious Collins has become a lightning rod for criticism as this season has gone south. Andrew Bynum never played a minute for the Sixers, but Collins has absorbed the vitriol of the fans, some of it deserved but most of it not.

But Harris isn’t going to fire Collins, and here’s why:

Since starting last season 20-9, the Sixers were 46-66 in the regular season before Saturday’s game at Miami. That’s not an impressive record, but you have to give Collins credit for leading last year’s team into the second round. (And it doesn’t matter that they beat the Bulls without Derek Rose and mostly minus Joakim Noah in the first round.)

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