The Right Coach for the Job!

Posted by By at 15 March, at 19 : 17 PM Print

When last season ended, and the Philadelphia 76ers finished with a 27-55 and missed the playoffs, they knew changes were necessary.  They were a young team with all the promise in the world, and team General Manager Ed Stefanski knew something had to be done.

The change that made the most obvious sense was to bring in a skilled Head Coach who would be able to take a team loaded with young talent (Andre Iguodola, Jrue Holiday, Lou Williams, Evan Turner) and strong veterans (Elton Brand, Andres Nocioni, Tony Battie).  Stefanski brought in Doug Collins.  Collins is a man who has a deep rooted history in the game and has made dramatic differences in many of his coaching roles including time with the Bulls, Pistons and even the Wizards.  After being one of if not THE voice of the NBA, Collins returned to coaching and has made dramatic differences in this Sixers team.

Although they have lost 2 in a row, the Sixers are coming off of a run where they had won 7 of 8 games and have brought themselves right into the thick of things in the Eastern Conference Playoff race in 7th place and now sit only 1 game back from the Knicks for the 6th in the East.

Oh have things changed in Philadelphia.  Prior to Collins’ arrival, Elton Brand was a mere shadow of himself, Andre Iguodola was just a good player and not the Superstar he has become, Jrue Holiday has become a bonafide NBA Point Guard and Evan Turner is looking like he will be a fine NBA contributor for years to come.

After struggling to find an identity for years as they mourned the loss of the Franchise Star and leader Allen Iverson, the Sixers appear to be on the right track.  Unfortunately, it will take a bit more time for the fans to buy into the new and improved team and to believe they are for real.  Currently, the Sixers sit 27th in league attendance averaging a mere 14,315 fans per contest.  But if history has proven anything to us, its that nothing beats low attendance records and poor support from a fan base like a good playoff run.  And as it stands now, a match up with the Chicago Bulls is possible and would generate the buzz the Philadelphia area so deserves.

It may not be the year that the Sixers make a deep run into the playoffs, but the immergence osome great young talent and a playoff appearance is as good as any bet that both Doug Collins and a successful 76ers squad will be running through the streets of Philadelphia for years to come.

Turns out, a good Head Coach is in fact hard to come by and choosing the right one can make or break a franchises future.

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