Video: That Time Doug Collins Unleashed On His Players for 11 Straight Minutes

Video: That Time Doug Collins Unleashed On His Players for 11 Straight Minutes

After last night's pitiful loss to the lowly Orlando Magic, I was walking from the media room across the court to the little corner of the Wells Fargo Center where Dough Collins does his post-game press conference and I was talking with another reporter. We were trying to predict what Doug's demeanor would be like following such a poor showing. My cohort suggested anger in the form of short and snappy answers. I suggested resignation, with Doug saying things like "I just don't know what else to do." Boy, were we both wrong. Doug unleashed on his team last night.

Okay, so I was partially correct. Doug's tone did wreak of resignation, but nobody saw the eleven and a half minute rant that was coming from the Philadelphia Sixers Head Coach.

Your browser does not support iframes.

Some people blame Collins for this team's failures. Collins blamed the players. Until he said he didn't blame the players. Really he wanted to blame the guy they traded Andre Iguodala, Nik Vucevic, and Moe Harkless for and have had zero minutes to show for it this season.

To me it's just one of those awful situations where everyone is to blame. The front office for the likes off the Spencer Hawes' deal, Kwame Brown, etc. The players for showing the kind of effort they did last night on a pretty regular basis. Doug for not getting the most out of his guys. Andrew Bynum for not playing basketball and leading us all -- including his teammates -- on a three-ring circus.

It's been ugly. It's been hard for all of us to watch. Last night, Doug let his feelings out.

At least that part was wildly entertaining.

>>With rant, Collins invites us inside his head [Gonzo]

>>Sixers blasted by Collins after loss to Magic [Finger]

Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday in Detroit

Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday in Detroit

NEW ORLEANS -- Nerlens Noel made another step toward his return from arthroscopic left knee surgery by joining the Sixers in New Orleans for their game against the Pelicans.

Noel arrived on Wednesday with Robert Covington, who is slated to start after missing the last three games with a left knee sprain. Noel is not cleared to play, but Brown doesn’t think it will be long until he suits up. 

“I don’t think far away,” Brown said of Noel’s regular season debut after shootaround.

When asked about the possibility of Noel playing this weekend when the Sixers face the Pistons on Sunday in Detroit, Brown replied, “Maybe.” 

Noel has missed the entire regular season recovering from elective surgery for an inflamed plica in October. He completed the first phase of his rehab in Birmingham, Ala. and has been continuing his work with the Sixers. This trip to New Orleans is the first time he has been with the Sixers on the road. 

“[He is] integrating with the team, studying a lot of tape, scripting with his teammates with the understanding that we have a chance to see him soon,” Brown said. “All that trying to ramp it up where he can go to an NBA court more comfortably.”

Noel spoke out about his displeasure with the Sixers crowded frontcourt at the start of the preseason. He recently stuck with his stance, saying, “I don’t think the roster’s changed.”

Brown is working to keep the team moving forward as a unit while still being aware of and recognizing Noel’s perspective. 

“It does,” Brown said when asked if Noel’s open frustration concerns him as it pertains to team cohesiveness. “But I feel like it’s so much a part of what we try do around here that it’s not like you’re going to blink and you’ve forgotten something that equals camaraderie, that equals team, that equals trying to keep this together, and you’ve left it for a week … 

“It’s a day-to-day focus for me and it’s a very candid conversation with me and the player. The team hears it, the individual hears it, we all understand it … We need to co-exist and we need to understand the reality of it all, too. There’s a human side you understand. It’s also pride, it’s competitiveness, it’s do your job, it’s nothing is given, you’ve got to take stuff, draw your own line in the sand, competitors rule the day.”

Last season Noel averaged 11.1 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game. The Sixers will look forward to having him back on the court in that once-crowded frontcourt that is now shorthanded. Jahlil Okafor remained in Philadelphia with gastroenteritis. Ben Simmons still is rehabbing from a right Jones fracture. 

"Soon you’re going to see Ben Simmons coming to a team bench where he doesn’t come out with boots and have to push him in some type of wheely apparatus," Brown said. "We’ve dealt with so many injuries trying to find that balance of dealing with their health and so on, and then trying to integrate them back into a team is part of growing a program."

Flyers fans send amazing postcards to their beat writers

Flyers fans send amazing postcards to their beat writers

I like to give Flyers fans a bit of a hard time on occasion, but that's only because I love them.

One beautiful Flyers fan today reminded me of why I love them.

They took the time to send a postcard to CSNPhilly.com's Flyers Insider -- and hater of the woo -- Tim Panaccio with one single word written on it.

"Woo."

Panotch says "Someone wasted a stamp and post card on this," but I say we just generated at least 50 cents in ad revenue from those of you that are reading this right now.

Money and time well spent.

Now, if you're not up on your wooing, Panotch penned a piece on how some fans wooing at games started annoying some of the players. Panotch hates the woo. BUT... and this is an important but... the Flyers are 6-0 since this all started. 

Woo.