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NU could wind up with Chris and Doug Collins
this scenario unfolding at Northwestern: Chris Collins is hired as head coach
and eventually his father, former Bulls, Wizards and Sixers coach Doug Collins
joins his staff.
Collins told the Philadelphia Daily News last month that becoming Chris’
assistant is his “dream” job.
the current Sixers coach, and son Chris, the Duke assistant considered the top
candidates for the Northwestern vacancy, talk daily, trading coaching ideas
something he might see in what we’re doing at Duke, and he’s always asking me
if there are things I think he might be able to do better with his team,” Chris
told the Daily News. “As I’ve gotten older, we’ve been able to lean on each
other for advice in coaching, and that is something that has been very special
to our relationship.”
The two would like
to coach together eventually, but think it’s best they are on separate staffs
now. Doug offered Chris a job on his Wizards staff when he was hired in 2001.
Chris declined. He offered Chris another job when the Sixers hired him in 2010.
Again, he declined.
“I think my dream
would be for Chris to become a head coach. And I don’t know if it could ever
happen, because it might be too much pressure, but I would love to be his
assistant,” Doug said.
Doug also bristles
at those who think being at Duke makes recruiting easy for Chris. It’s a common
Even people in
coaching circles wonder how selecting elite players for Duke would prepare
Chris for the kind of brush beating it would take to recruit players to
Such talks irks
that Chris has an easy job, and it really nauseates me,” Doug told the Daily
News. “They think that all Chris has to do is call a kid up on the phone,
Duke’s interested in him–they’re going to get him. It’s the most ridiculous
thing I’ve ever heard in my entire life. I hear all of these people say ‘Wait
until Chris Collins gets his own job and he’ll see what stuff is really like.’
This silver spoon club that they think Chris has been a part of, and the envy
and the jealousy is a little much, sometimes, for me to take. Because I know
how hard Chris has worked down there at Duke. And there are a lot of
Duke-haters, and that’s okay. I will tell you this right now, Chris is a better
coach than me.”