Doug Collins Won’t Take the Bait About His Job (or Kwame Brown)
Doug Collins is on the hot seat, sort of… it seems. Reports out of Philadelphia have gone this way and that. Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo!’s “Ball Don’t Lie” has the essential run-down. The Sixers last played at home on Wednesday, a loss against the Atlanta Hawks; the news of Collins’ potential demise broke on Thursday. Thus, with Philly so close to Washington, some media swarmed down for the story (some seemingly specifically for the ‘story’ on Collins’ job). They didn’t get what they wanted. Collins refused to take the bait during tonight’s pre-game media season.
But, he did talk about this current Wizards team. One noteworthy quote:
“The one thing about the Wizards that I think has been amazing is Randy Wittman… is to start out 4-28 and have tremendous aspirations of making the playoffs, and to keep that group together… I think they’re 24-22 with John Wall. I had felt that going into the season, they were a playoff team, if healthy. What they’ve done is proven me right.”
But what about the Wizards of yesteryear? The Wizards of Michael Jordan and Kwame Brown coached by Collins?
Collins really wouldn’t take the bait on that, either. Not sure if there was much available to catch. Nonetheless, before Washington’s final home game, I asked Collins about D.C. memories and about his old friend Kwame Brown (Brown has been injured for most of this season and has only played 22 games for Philadelphia; he’s now seemingly racking up “DNP-CDs“). In terms of there being a “clearing of the air” between him and Brown, hashing out of any negative remnants from the early 2000s, Collins said: “There’s no smog.” But watch out for the slobber.