“I gave my body to this franchise,” he said. “I was never booed as a player. Never. I ran through my sneakers.”
“The team that we tried to put together we’ve never seen. And so I think, when you take a huge piece away from it, your warts show.”
“Sometimes, you’ve got to help yourself, you know? Sometimes you’ve got to help yourself. Youth is a very blaming thing.”
“There’s nothing wrong with our preparation. I looked out there to start the game, three guys weren’t even sweating when we started the game! They were going to ease themselves into the game. You’ve got to get sweaty. You’ve got to be ready to go.”
“They say it’s a players’ league. Well, then take ownership. Take ownership. That’s all I’m asking. Take ownership of what you’re putting out there. To me, I’m a day’s work for a day’s pay kind of guy. That’s all I’ve been ever taught.”
Obviously overall what Doug is trying to convey here is that the team doesn’t try and that it’s not his fault because you can’t force another man to put fourth the necessary effort. Which is true, although most of us grew up with the notion that coaches can affect the level of effort of the players. Well, having watched this team most of my life and seeing the product this season, I gotta side with DC. You can’t force effort from millionaires.
Perhaps it’s a generational shift to laziness? Everybody always likes to trumpet how hard Americans worked back in the day and how our parents/grandparents had to walk uphill both ways in the snow to get to school — maybe our generation just isn’t built like that. The Jordans/Birds/Kobes of the world gave way to Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard. Fun first work second. Collect the checks with no guilt because you’re ballin and nobody’s checking to see if you left it all on the floor. Maybe it’s all of us Millennials and Doug’s having a hard time battling that attitude.
It’s also difficult to throw a man under the bus who wasn’t given the team he was promised. Are there other things Doug could have done to assist in the growth of this team? Absolutely. Some players on the front line should have been benched in favor of Arnett Moultrie. But Moultrie isn’t Bynum, and Bynum is the guy Doug was told he’d be able to coach. Remember (after the injury to Jason Richardson), the Sixers literally got NOTHING from trading Andre Iguodala, Nic Vucivic, & Maurice Harkless.
The players’ league comment really sticks. “They say it’s a players’ league. Well, then take ownership.” Hard not to side with him here, too. Maybe I’m being a Doug Collins apologist, but if guys with low talent aren’t even putting fourth the effort (regardless if they hate their coach or not), those guys aren’t being professionals. You can’t coach professionalism.
Total possibility that Doug is what’s wrong with the Sixers and his track record of never making it past year three speaks volumes to this — but I ain’t buying it. This team stopped caring a long time ago and that’s not necessarily DC’s fault. High turnover + low talent + no camaraderie = Your 2013 Philadelphia 76ers.
But maybe you’re not as forgiving of Doug as I am. Are you convinced this season isn’t his fault?
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