It's about time to give the Sixers credit for what was unquestionably a positive move. The day Eddie Jordan was fired, it went without saying the team would upgrade their head coach. The jump from Jordan to Collins is probably more than we could've hoped for. After the jump, I've put together a couple videos of games Collins coached back in the day. Let's take a look and see if there's anything to glean from the film.
1997, Pistons @ Bulls
1988, Knicks @ Bulls
OK, I'm going to be honest. There wasn't a whole lot to take away from those videos, but I can't think of many better ways to kill 20 minutes on a Thursday.
Offensively, in both cases, it looks like Collins favored isolation plays with his stars. Whether that's indicative of his preferred coaching style, or just a byproduct of having Michael Jordan and Grant Hill in their prime is anyone's guess. If Collins does lean in that direction, I think you'd have to say Turner is the guy he's got his eye on to play that role. Personally, I hope that's not the primary direction of the team offensively, but I have to admit it's a definite possibility. One thing Collins has never had is a pure point guard, it'll be interesting to see how he utilizes Jrue early on.
On the defensive end, it sort of looked like the Pistons were playing a zone. They were definitely packing the lane and making the Bulls shoot jumpers. Unlucky for them, Pippen was on fire from the perimeter. The rules have changed so much from back then, though, that I'm not sure the same style of defense will be possible for this group. I do think Collins will have great success with his perimeter defenders, though. It's obviously the interior that concerns me.
What do you guys think, anything to glean from those tapes? Feeling better/worse about Collins? Excited for the season?
Extra credit question: Could the 2010-2011 Heat beat the 97 Bulls? I say no. Jordan could shut down Wade, Pippen could slow down LeBron and Rodman would have Bosh pissing himself. The Bulls would win it with their defense.
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