Former NBA coach Doug Collins done with coaching, says it has become difficult

doug-collinsFormer Chicago Bulls coach Doug Collins signed a multi-year agreement with ESPN to serve as an analyst on “NBA Countdown” and provide color commentary during games, the network has announced.

Collins will join the panel of Magic Johnson, Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons on the “Countdown” show.

Collins coached the Philadelphia 76ers last season, finishing 34-48. He coached the Bulls from 1986 to 1989.

“ESPN’s NBA coverage plays a leadership role in the way fans experience the sport, so I’m eager to share my basketball insights with our viewers,” Collins said in a statement. “Working with Magic, Jalen, Bill and the rest of my new ESPN colleagues will be a lot of fun.”

Collins told Marc Stein at ESPN’s TrueHoop that he’s done with coaching, as it has become difficult.

“No, I’m through coaching. I said it when I went to Philly. That was my last spot. Like I said, it was a circle of life for me,” Collins said.

“I was at a coaching clinic the other day at Illinois State talking about how difficult coaching has become. There’s so much criticism and you’re always under the microscope. It’s a tough, tough thing,” he said.

“There’s so much money involved because these franchises are worth hundreds of millions of dollars and the coach, whether it’s right or wrong, has to be in the spotlight all the time. That’s just the way the situation is…,” he noted.

“Coaching is 24/7. You know it’s going to be on your mind all the time. But I feel like I never coached a team that underachieved and I feel very good about that. The respect that you look for is the respect of your peers and hopefully I have that,” Collins said.

“I always felt our teams were prepared and I feel like we had young players get better wherever I was. There’s certain things in coaching you can’t control, but I’m proud of what I’ve done as a coach and I’m excited about this part of my life,” he underscored.


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