Collins surprised by stir over comments

February, 28, 2013
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Doug CollinsJim McIsaac/Getty ImagesDoug Collins has grown frustrated with his 76ers, who entered Thursday's game with a 22-33 record.
CHICAGO -- Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins was surprised by the reaction to his postgame comments made after a disappointing Tuesday night loss to the Orlando Magic.

Collins, who went off on a number of topics during a 10-minute press conference, was clearly frustrated by his team's performance.

"If everybody looked inside themselves as much as I did, this world would be a CAT scan. OK?" he told reporters Tuesday. "Believe me, there's not two days go by that I don't go to (president) Rod (Thorn), I don't go to (general manager) Tony (DiLeo), 'What can I do? Can I do anything different? How can I be a better coach? How can I be a better leader? How can I help these guys?'

"Sometimes, you've got to help yourself, you know? Sometimes you've got to help yourself. Youth is a very blaming thing."

Collins laughed about all the attention his remarks got before the Sixers game against the Chicago Bulls on Thursday.

"I guess I was trending," Collins joked. "Viral, trending."

Collins was still miffed at the fact his comments became so big.

"I said, 'What is all this stuff?" It was interesting, I went back and I thought, 'Wait a second," I didn't get the slam, I didn't get being hard, all that kind of stuff. I thought I was just talking about sort of what I expected. And I think as a coach that's what you do -- there was nobody called out. I just spoke and that we're a team ... I think I gave you two examples of, I've never been a guy if you lost a game and you competed to your best, that I was ever disappointed.

"I've always been disappointed if I felt like the team didn't do everything we could to win. And so I was trying to get the spin on this about how this was spun that I was being so hard. But I don't think I did that at all. I think the players know that. We're a big honesty group, I think that's what you need to do and I think our guys know what's sort of expected when we put a Sixers uniform (on), how we have to play. But I was shocked, my phone was blowing up on me and stuff like that. I didn't realize I had been so tough."

Collins, who said before the game that he believed Bulls star Derrick Rose would return against the 76ers, was asked how much of an impact a star player being out can have on the rest of the team. The 76ers have been without center Andrew Bynum all season after he was acquired as part of a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers last summer.

"I think sometimes we don't really understand how maybe that really affects guys," Collins said. "Like the other night before we played Orlando, Andrew was getting ready to speak to the media, and I told them I don't know if he's speaking tonight or not. But our players were all getting ready for the game and the media was all waiting for him to come and speak. And I don't know how guys process that, I really don't ... somebody said that (Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau) was talking about managing distractions and there's so many distractions for these young players today. They got so much on their plate and to keep focused on the take at hand. You have to think about it ..."

While there's been a lot of speculation regarding Collins' future in Philadelphia, Thibodeau doesn't buy into the notion that a coach has a shelf life with a team.

"I think there's too much reading into, 'OK, you lose a couple games in row. Oh, they've lost the team,' " Thibodeau said. "Look, I watch Doug's team play a lot. I think he's one of the great coaches in the league. They execute at both ends, they play together, they're unselfish. They took a big hit. And Doug, as you guys that do know him, you know how much he's invested into his team. So they made a big trade and they gave up a lot, but they got a lot. And unfortunately Bynum's been injured. So they're not the same team."

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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