The day Tony DiLeo was hired we all knew it meant that Doug Collins was hired as the GM. There were rumors of Rod Thorn and Collins having a power struggle during last year’s off-season. I am not sure if Collins was the reason for Thorn stepping down, but I guarantee that Doug helped push Thorn out the door.
So basically, Doug has the final say. I still think trading for Bynum was the right move. I also believe that the Sixers knew that Bynum was not completely healthy. They obviously didn’t know he was hurt this bad. Or was it just that one God Damn night when he went bowling? Maybe…
They took a shot and they came up empty. I don’t blame them at all. This franchise has been starving for a difference maker since AI left. Say what you want, Bynum is a difference maker when he is on the court. If he was healthy this year the Sixers could be 7-10 games above .500, instead of being 10 games under.
With all that said, it seems as if someone has been having some MAJOR second thoughts. Ric Bucher reported that Collins is infatuated with checking Moe Harkless’s box scores. Bucher:
” Collins basically said Bynum’s absence killed the 76ers’ season and he sees little chance of Bynum returning to change that based on how he looked — sources say that Collins has been consumed (does he do anything any other way?) with tracking the boxscores and performances of Moe Harkless, the rookie forward the Sixers sent to Orlando as part of the deal that netted them Bynum.”
Well, I am surprised he didn’t mention Vucevic as well. Vouch is averaging a double-double (12.3 ppg and 11.4 rpg) for Orlando. Doug my man, I thought I had it bad.
Harkless, 19, is averaging 5.8 ppg and 4.1 rpg in 20.8 minutes a game. He also is shooting 46% from the field. Moe’s play of late has to be the reason for Doug’s obsession. In the month of February, Harkless is averaging 11.5 ppg and 6.9 rpg in 35.4 minutes. He is averaging over 14 points in his last 5 games.
Bucher thinks that is the reason as well. Bucher:
“I can’t say I’ve watched a load of Magic games this season or have a feel for the kind of season Harkless has had, but he’s 19 and more or less has been in the rotation making a contribution all season long. That’s more, obviously, than Bynum has done and it’s not hard for me to imagine Collins torturing himself (and, quite possibly, others) with that fact.”
Ric, I totally agree.