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November 5 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“Sixers coach Doug Collins, who missed the second half of Wednesday night’s game due to symptoms of vertigo, is not expected to miss any more game time.
Collins is expected to be on the bench for the 76ers’ game on Friday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to a source close to the coach.
Collins missed a preseason game in Cincinnati due to dizziness and headaches, which were later confirmed as symptoms of vertigo stemming from a fall in May in which Collins broke three ribs and hit his head.”
November 5 Philadelphia Daily News columnist Bob Cooney:
“The starting point guard was the youngest player in the league last season and really hadn’t run a team from that position since his high school days, which weren’t all that long ago.
The second overall pick struggled mightily in the position the team drafted him to play and showed more signs of being better at the spot where the team was already satisfied with who was there.
The inside game was suspect, at best, on the defensive end with no real shot blocker or consistent rebounder.
Young players still needed to prove what type of players they were and if they belonged in the rebuilding process.
To put it mildly, before the start of the season for the 76ers, there weren’t a whole lot of definitive positives. One exception was newly hired head coach Doug Collins.
Plucked out from behind his analyst microphone, where he was perhaps the best in television for TNT, Collins brought a plethora of knowledge accumulated during his nearly 40 years around the NBA game.
Unfortunately, a few days after being introduced as the new head coach in May, Collins suffered a head injury stemming from a Memorial Day fainting episode in which he broke three ribs and suffered a concussion when he fell in a coffee shop in Phoenix.
Though he was in constant contact with his new players and general manager Ed Stefanski during the summer, Collins was suffering from headaches and dizziness. The news of his fall and subsequent injuries never reached Stefanski or newly hired president Rod Thorn until Collins had to leave Cincinnati on Oct. 18 prior to a preseason game because of the persistent symptoms. Collins missed two exhibition games, but returned a few days later and pronounced himself fit.
That appeared to be the case up until Wednesday night when, as he rose from the bench to head to the locker room at halftime of his team’s first win of the season, over the Indiana Pacers, assistant coach Michael Curry had to grab Collins’ arm to keep him from falling as the arena spun in the coach’s head. Curry led a wobbly Collins back to the locker room where the coach spent the rest of the game on a trainer’s table.
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