Ah yes, the vagaries of a disappointing basketball season bring out all sorts of stories about a team and its coaches. Sometimes they might even be true.
As far as that goes, Sixers’ coach Doug Collins was able to confirm a report from CSNBayArea's Ric Bucher, citing sources close to the coach, that Collins keeps tabs on some of his former players.
“You mean that source close to me that said I’m obsessed with that?” Collins asked, referencing the report before Tuesday night's game with the Magic. "If the source was that close to me, they wouldn’t reveal it, I can tell you that much.
“Did I pay attention to the fact that Jodie [Meeks] played 31 minutes last night and had eight points or that E.B. (Elton Brand) had 14 points off the bench for the Mavericks the other day and ‘Dre (Andre Iguodala) had 14 and 12 and I kept my eye on Lou (Williams) when he was playing or that Mo Speights had 18 points the other night.
“I pay attention to all the guys who have been a part of my life. They are important to me.”
Collins said his son Chris, an assistant for Mike Krzyzewski at Duke, keeps him updated on all the latest rumors and innuendo regarding the Sixers and the NBA. They seemingly had a good chuckle at the report that Collins is “consumed with tracking the boxscores [sic] and performances of Moe Harkless, the rookie forward the Sixers sent to Orlando as part of the deal that netted them Andrew Bynum.”
Collins was quick to admit that, yes, he checks up on Harkless and Nik Vucevic with Orlando as well as a whole bunch of players in the NBA. Why wouldn’t he?
“Do I look at what they are doing? Absolutely,” Collins said. “We spent time with Nik [Vucevic] we drafted Moe [Harkless] and he played summer league with us, so I pay a lot of close attention to them and I want them to do well.”