The final chapter in Doug Collins' Philadelphia story is coming to an end. Multiple outlets reported late Sunday night that Collins informed the Sixers he will not be returning to coach on the final year of his contract next season.
To those who are familiar with Collins' track record, the move is not surprising. Collins has never coached longer than three seasons at any stop in his career.
It's safe to say the 2012-13 season did not go the way Doug envisioned it in Philly. After trading their All-Star in Andre Iguodala in addition to promising youngsters Nik Vucevic and Moe Harkless, the Sixers had lofty hopes for a bright future centered around Andrew Bynum.
Those hopes died a slow death every few weeks throughout the season when we learned of bowling injuries and the always present knee pain.
While his in-game coaching left some fans scratching their heads at times, Coach Collins was generally very liked and respected by basketball fans. His dealings with the media were typically insightful and honest.
His decision to walk away simply emphasizes the reality of the current 76ers team.
They're just not very good. The road to becoming good is foggy and uphill with anti-gravity treadmills blocking the way. And that transformation likely wasn't going to happen under Doug Collins' watch.
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What is there to say about the Philadelphia Phillies?
In doing my usual postgame perusal of the Internet after their 7-2 loss on Wednesday night, I visited Phillies.com to see what kind of "highlights" they could have possibly posted from another crushing defeat at the hands of the Colorado Rockies.
Thankfully, the first thing that caught my eye was a video titled, "Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby."
It was not Larry Andersen in the Phanatic's arms. Nor me.
And that's the Phillies season in a nutshell.
"You gotta question the parenting skills here," John Kruk said on the telecast. And he's right! What kind of parent would raise their kid to be a Philly sports fan?!?
The Phillies now have the worst record in all of baseball. They're 4-20 in their last 24 games. It's their worst start to a season since 1960.
Even the Phanatic doesn't have enough popcorn to mask all the pain.
If you want to read about the upbeat approach Pete Mackanin is taking, go give this a gander.
"In a long season, these things sometimes happen," Mackanin told reporters. "I remember Atlanta, the first half last year, was terrible. They had a real good second half. I believe we just need to get something going. We're going to put something together. I believe that."
That makes one of us.
The future of Villanova basketball just got brighter.
Brandon Slater, a 6-foot-6 wing and highly touted 2018 recruit, told Scout.com on Wednesday night that he has verbally committed to the Wildcats.
He later made the announcement on Twitter.
Among the 2018 recruiting class, Slater, a product of Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia, is ranked in the top 30 by Scout.com and top 50 by ESPN.com. He's slated as a four-star talent by both media outlets.
Per ESPN, Slater had offers from Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Syracuse, USC and Virginia Tech. He is Villanova's first commitment for 2018.
"Going up there it just feels like a second home," Slater said, via Evan Daniels of Scout.com. "It gives me a good vibe. It's nothing like all the other schools. I just feel like a Villanova guy. It feels like PVI. It's already home."
Slater and Villanova head coach Jay Wright expressed their excitement on Twitter.