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November 19 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“Doug Collins had to figure the 76ers wouldn’t battle the Boston Celtics and the Orlando Magic for Eastern Conference supremacy.
The Sixers’ first-year coach inherited a squad coming off a 27-55 campaign. However, Collins didn’t expect his version of the Sixers to be 2-10 through 12 games.
“It’s tough, very tough,” said Collins, whose squad has the conference’s worst record. “That’s why, when you got winnable games, you have to win them.”
The coach added that winning just two games is discouraging. He wants to win every night.
“I don’t care if somebody says you are rebuilding or you are starting whatever, still you want to win basketball games,” Collins said. “That’s how you are judged.”
For now, the Sixers are being judged as having their worst start since the 1995-96 season. That’s when the Sixers opened at 2-13.
Collins’ team takes a five-game losing streak into Friday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Wells Fargo Center.
Wednesday’s 94-86 loss to the Toronto Raptors marked the fourth straight game in which the Sixers scored fewer than 94 points.
Through Thursday, the squad was averaging 98.1 points, which ranked 21st out 30 NBA teams.
Perhaps looking to jump-start things, the Sixers practiced Thursday at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine on what was supposed to be a day off.
Rod Thorn, who was hired as team president in August, addressed the Sixers at practice. It marked the first time he spoke to the players as a unit.”
November 19 Philadelphia Daily News columnist Bob Cooney:
“Remember the last time the 76ers were somewhat prominent? Remember when a professional basketball game involving the Sixers had meaning and captured the fans’ attention?
It was April 30, 2009, Game 6 against eventual Eastern Conference champion Orlando Magic in the first round of the playoffs. The sixth-seeded Sixers had taken two of the first three games against the Magic, before dropping the next two. Pivotal Game 6 was at the Wachovia Center in front of a raucous, nearly sold-out crowd. Pro basketball mattered. Then came a 25-point loss.
Since then, the team has let go of two coaches (Tony DiLeo and Eddie Jordan), let go of its leader and starting point guard (Andre Miller), brought back its exciting, but troubled and exiled former franchise player (Allen Iverson), jumped up in the draft to gain the No. 2 pick (Evan Turner) and hired a long lost son to coach the team (Doug Collins).
Oh yeah, and since the series finale against the Magic, the Sixers have won 30.9 percent of their games (29-65).
And if there’s anything we’ve learned definitively about this team through 12 games this season it is this: Doug Collins is not the savior for this 76ers organization. He can’t be.
Collins has been around the NBA for 37 years as a player, a coach and a broadcaster. His wealth of knowledge of the game is matched by few, perhaps not surpassed by anyone. When talking to players, coaches and others around the league about him, there is one common theme: Collins was the right man to turn this organization around.
Here’s the problem: This project is too big for him to conquer by himself.
November 18 Camden Courier-Post:
“Andre Iguodala didn’t return to the Sixers lineup Wednesday, and there’s a chance he won’t for at least a few more games.
Iguodala said before the Sixers played the Toronto Raptors that his strained Achilles tendon is still bothering him. He has been told by Sixers coach Doug Collins not to return until it’s fully healed.
Iguodala doesn’t even know how the injury occurred other than it has bothered him for the last few weeks. He sat out two games on Nov. 7 and 10 and returned last Friday and Saturday.
Iguodala, who also missed the Sixers‘ loss in Cleveland on Tuesday, wouldn’t give a timetable for his return this time.
“It’s not something that there’s a time limit on,” Iguodala said. “If you break something, you know it’s three or four weeks. You know exactly when you’re coming back. This is just off and on. One day, it’s fine. Then the next day something can set it back real easily — something as simple as changing direction from offense to defense . . . and you’re right back where you were initially.”
Iguodala was averaging just 12.8 points per game this season, well off his average of 17.1 points per game last season.
Iguodala has also been bothered by a wrist injury since playing for USA Basketball over the summer. That, he said, is something he can play through.
The Achilles, he said, is much more difficult.
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