Doug Collins resigns as Sixers coach

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

With the season over for the Philadelphia 76ers, Doug Collins has resigned as head coach. He revealed on Thursday that he had been planning his exit strategy from the bench for several months.

The post-mortem dissection of the 2012-13 Philadelphia 76ers began on Thursday as Doug Collins resigned from his position as head coach. The 61-year-old coach had one year remaining on a four-year contract with the Sixers, but team owner Josh Harris announced that Collins made the decision to leave on his own and that he was not forced out by management.

The rumors of Collins' departure started to swell last week, and despite an initial string of denials he admitted on that he had been planning to leave the bench for several months. Derek Bodner of SB Nation's 76ers blog, Liberty Ballers, has more from Collins on his decision:

Collins will stay on with the team as an advisor. He said he hopes to help general manager Tony DiLeo with talent evaluation. DiLeo will still have the authority to make all personnel moves.

Philadelphia suffered through a difficult season marked by the perpetual absence of Andrew Bynum, but Collins insisted that he would have stepped back from coaching even if the team had a winning record and Bynum was healthy:

Collins amassed a 442-407 record (.521 winning percentage) as an NBA head coach over 11 seasons. He reached the NBA Playoffs twice during his three seasons in Philadelphia, including a surprise trip to the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2011-12.

For more on whom the Sixers may pursue as their next head coach, be sure to check out Tom Ziller's recent article and all of the wonderful coverage at Liberty Ballers.

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