Where are all the Doug defenders? Well, I guess I qualify as one of them. I watched the game at the WFC last night and we all know what that was like. I just finished reading the last post by Mike Levin and watched the must see video of Collins's post game interview. I found Doug remarkably restrained and calm, and also very very accurate.
I know, I know, Doug can be self-serving in his analysis and has selective Romnesia (sorry Spence!) about his own role in many of the less successful aspects of this season's flame out, but the one thing a team has to bring to the arena is energy and focus. Every night. Even if you aren't that good. ESPECIALLY if you aren't that good. Because without that, you don't stand a chance. Doug legitimately, understandably, doesn't get that some guys (anyone, for that matter!) don't do their very best to be the best they can be. Now, all kinds of things can be argued til the cows come home--they're young (and we heard his opinion on that one),Bynum's hurt, JRich is hurt, Vuc got traded (had to throw that egregious grenade in for effect)blah blah blah.
But the number one thing as a PROFESSIONAL in any field must do, especially at the top level of any profession, is DO THE BEST YOU CAN. And when you don't DO THE BEST YOU CAN you don't deserve the respect of the coach or the fans. That's what I think has Collins saying the things he was saying at the press conference last night. And I can't blame him. There should be consequenses. Like what? Well ladies and gentlemen, that's a sticky wicket, a conundrum, a dilemma, a well what the heck can a coach do? Fire the bad apples? Can't. Don't play the delinquent offenders? You can try that approach, but with the talent pool so thin, you're almost guaranteeing defeat if some of said delinquent offenders sit for too long--anathema to someone as competitive as Collins. What's left to do? Throw some of the responsibility for the lack of effort onto the players at the post game press conference? What's left after that? Play Arnett Moultrie? (Had to write that.) Start Royal Ivey? (Had to do that too.) I mean really, what are his options?
I'm going to try not to digress too much, but at the risk of sounding trollish I have to voice my opinions about what I hope happens to some of our current roster: Andrew Bynum: Fired. Cut'em loose. It's over. No rancor, no drama, no hand wringing, just let'em go. Don't go away mad, just go away. The Emperor has no clothes. Sixers got played by the Lakers, etc. It was a gamble and it didn't work out. Doug's comments about whether or not Bynum was on the bench last night (didn't even notice!) reminded me of an incident when Larry Brown was asked if Matt Geiger was playing tonight. It went something like this (I'm paraphrasing, but I'll put it in quotes for effect)"I don't know. I know he got a hair cut, a massage, and I think a manicure, but you'll have to ask him." KISS OF NO RESPECT DEATH.
One more thing about Bynum.....How do you think his commitment or lack of effort influences the efforts of the individuals on the team? Sixers should say all kinds of nice things about him (shut up Doug) and let some other stooge franchise pick him up. Jrue: Keep him. Duh Thad: Keep him too. Duh duh. Swaggy: Love my Swaggy, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Gotta go Spence: I'm going to offend all the Hawes haters, Western Hemisphere, but Spence wouldn't be horrible off the deep bench. 15 minutes a game for shooting reasons. He is incapable of physical play, so again, let's stick to the facts. He can't or won't screen, rebound, or be a physical presence. He is tall and he will shoot. A lot. Recognize this for what it is. Moultrie: A huge question mark. We really don't know. Keep'em for cheap. Dorell: Keep'em. (Trade his head fake though) I like Dorell. He takes it to the rack on occasion, and can shoot some. Also seems to be coachable. I could be wrong though. Ivey/Pargo: Doesn't matter. Kwame: Gotta go. ALTHOUGH.....He IS very big.............Nah. Go. Evan: (Sigh) The Third Rail of LB. Sadly, this experiment has reached its conclusion. There is no point in keeping Evan Turner on the 76ers. Wish him well, shop him better, get some value in return, but it's time to part company.
In summation, and with no advance stats to back up a logical argument, I think the Sixers would do well to start over by freeing up some money and roster room and possibly trade out some value for Evan, Swaggy and You Know Who. I say let Doug finish out the season NO MATTER WHAT because from here on in it is going to be tough sledding and we'll see who has the character to not quit. And if things really go south, it will only improve our draft position. Who knows, we might get lucky!