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TNT analyst Collins interviews for Sixers' coaching job

Posted May 3 2010 9:44AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Former NBA coach Doug Collins, an NBA analyst for TNT, has been interviewed by the Philadelphia 76ers for their head coaching position.

"This past Saturday, I met for five hours at my home in Scottsdale, Arizona with [general manager] Ed Stefanski, Tony DiLeo, and Gene Shue who, more significantly to me, was the 76ers head coach during my early playing days," Collins said. "The 76ers hold a special place in my heart and I am intrigued by the opportunity to return to Philadelphia where I was part of a rebuilding program joining the team the year after it went 9-73 and going to the NBA Finals just four years later.

"In the near future, I will focus all my attention on being an analyst for TNT and will not be discussing the 76ers head coaching position publicly."

Stefanski says he likes Collins' track record and knowledge of the game. Collins played for the Sixers from 1973-81 and went on to coach Chicago, Detroit and Washington.

The Sixers are set to interview former Dallas coach Avery Johnson on Monday.

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