Collins said he knew the Sixers had some young talent. But Collins said he was surprised at how well the team has played defensively.
Collins said that his team wasn’t ready to play the Miami Heat early in the season, but as the 76ers grew up, they matched up much better with Miami.
Collins had interesting comments on LeBron James. “I’ve always thought LeBron was more Magic Johnson than Michael Jordan,” Collins said. He thinks that James is at his most dangerous making plays in the open court. So Collins said his team has to avoid turnovers. Collins is also worried about when the Heat move LeBron to four, Chris Bosh at five, let Dwyane Wade bring up the ball and put in two addition shooters.
Collins said he is worried about the Sixers’ health. Andre Igoudala has knee tendinitis, and Lou Williams has been out for a while.
Collins does think that Chicago’s Tom Thibodeau deserves coach of the year over him. Collins is very impressed with how Thibodeau has the Bulls playing defense. Collins would also give Derrick Rose the MVP.
Collins also had a really interesting take on his son Chris’ coaching future. He thinks Chris shouldn’t take over for Coach K at Duke, because it’s like following John Wooden at UCLA. Collins said that Chris has turned down jobs. He thinks Chris should wait until a job that’s very good opens up.
“I know it would be very tough to follow in Coach K’s shoes,” Collins said.