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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Collins named 76ers' new coach

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers agreed to terms with TV analyst Doug Collins to become their new coach, two people familiar with the negotiations said.

The people spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because the announcement has not been made public. An official announcement was likely to come Friday.

One of the people familiar with the deal said Collins agreed to a four-year contract.

Team president Ed Stefanski interviewed Collins on May 1, and he emerged as the leading choice to replace the fired Eddie Jordan. The pool of candidates included former Dallas coach Avery Johnson and Toronto coach Sam Mitchell.

Collins is 332-287 in coaching stints with Chicago, Detroit and Washington. The 76ers made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 1973 draft, and he played eight seasons with the team.

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