Doug Collins Comes Full Circle – Named Coach of The 76’ers: We’ll Play GM

Posted in Blogroll on May 24th, 2010 by Ron Glover

I’ll be the first to say that I’m on the fence with the hiring of Doug Collins last Friday – nevertheless the Sixers have Collins in place for the next four seasons with the intention of leading the team that drafted him back to respectability.

My primary concern lies with the Sixers #2 selection in the NBA Draft June 24th. Their selection will impact the franchise for the next decade. With Jrue Holiday as the new face of the franchise, now is the time to add the proper mix of youth, experience and overall talent to bring this franchise back from the dead.

Here’s my two cents on improving the 76ers.

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The Starting Five Elton Brand Interview: Redemption Is There for the Taking

Posted in Blogroll on May 24th, 2010 by Michael Tillery

Imagine being a professional athlete poised to sign with a proud franchise, shake hands, pose with the jersey, tell the fans what you expect out of your new team as well as what you want for yourself and it just not turning out the way you thought it would. When Elton Brand came over from the Los Angeles Clippers in a deal that had Philly fans very much excited, everyone thought this might be the piece needed to complete the puzzle and push the Sixers franchise back to where it belongs…into the NBA elite.

It didn’t happen.

Brand separated his shoulder and still didn’t have his legs after playing less than ten games the previous year as a Clipper.

He sat the bench under Eddie Jordan because when Jordan decided to go small, Brand was seen as a liability. The team suffered and was decidedly worse than it was in 2009…when the Sixers gave the Orlando Magic all it could handle before losing in 6 games to the eventual Eastern Conference Champions. Jordan’s style never fit the roster and he was let go after the season ended. Doug Collins, the former TNT analyst, is now the head coach and is being introduced today (May 24th). Elton and I take it back to simply trying to get the ball on the rim as a youngster, through starring at Duke, what went into his decision to leave early and up to this very moment. It’s good to not have to speak with Elton after all the press is gone post game. I’m a flash from one locker room to the other and try to hit the players just as they straighten out their ties. He’s famous for saying to me “Here, you go” and we usually share a laugh. EB is one of the good dudes and is definitely a soul model for the NBA….

 

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Mike Brown Fired As Coach of Cleveland Cavaliers

Posted in Blogroll on May 24th, 2010 by Michael Tillery

You knew it was coming and we initially posted it here.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Mike Brown was relieved as head coach officially today.

He was fired because Dan Gilbert feels the Cavs has regressed this season after last year’s disappointing loss in six games to the Orlando Magic. The Cavs lost to the Celtics in the EC semis in 6 games after taking a 2-1 series lead.

Brown made the playoffs in each of his 5 seasons with Cleveland, won the most games in the NBA the past two seasons (66 and 61 games respectively) and was NBA Coach of the Year in 2009.

Was there dissension between Brown and LeBron James?

LeBron wanted to run…has said so publicly and campaigned for J. J. Hickson to get more burn during the Boston series. I guess we’ll never know how much LeBron’s free agent status came into play with this decision. Dan Gilbert knows he has to keep James in the fold so the franchise maintains it’s worth and it appears he’s doing everything he can as owner to make that happen.

The roster was flawed and I personally feel no coach was capable of defeating the rejuvenated Celtics with the Cavs roster. Shaq was injured late and not the same player. Mo Williams and Antawn Jamison just weren’t the answers. Period.

Question: How are Mike Brown and Mike Woodson relieved after steady and consistent progress but there doesn’t seem to be rumblings (as loud) about the status of other coaches who have no where near the success as Brown and Woodson?

Amar’e Stoudemire Goes Off as Phoenix Defeats Los Angeles 118-109 in WCF Game 3

Posted in Blogroll on May 24th, 2010 by Michael Tillery

Amar’e Stoudemire finally stated his name on the series and was impressive…if not dominant last night. Stat scored 42 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and energized the Suns in a Game 3 118-109 victory over the Lakers. We all knew he was a better player than his entire playoff performance suggested this postseason and I guess he grew tired of hearing the all out screams he was overrated and playing uninspired ball. He had just 9 rebounds in the first two games. Unacceptable. Period. Why did it come down to the prospect of his team getting swept to finally understand he had to do something?

The shoulder chip is a helluva drug.

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