Collins next Sixers coach

Doug Collins will be the newest Sixers coach.

PHILADELPHIA — The 76ers can’t afford to get this one wrong.

After the debacle that was Eddie Jordan, the Sixers search for a new coach came with a lot of pressure on the organization. Ed Stefanski could not afford to make a mistake. So Stefanski decided to bring in one of the biggest names there is in the coaching world Doug Collins.

WIP’s Howard Eskin is reporting that the current NBA analyst has agreed to terms with the Sixers to make a return to coaching and attempt turn the struggling team around. An AP story has since confirmed the report.

Collins is 332-287 in his career as a coach with the Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards. Collins is no stranger to Philadelphia either. The 76ers made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 1973 draft, and he played eight seasons of his Hall of Fame career with the team.

No formal release has been made by the Sixers or Collins, but the announcement may come tomorrow, according to the source in the AP report.

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