CHICAGO -- This could have been Doug Collins’ third season as the Bulls head coach; would have been if John Paxson had the final call and probably should have been if Jerry Reinsdorf hadn’t been afraid to pull the trigger.
Reinsdorf’s reasoning wasn’t impossible to understand. He said he felt too close personally to Collins, whom he fired in 1989, to go through the whole thing again. And Collins did have that track record of burning himself out.
But when you catch a glimpse of a much more reserved Collins now, nearly 60 years old and looking younger than ever, performing one of the best coaching jobs of his career with a Philadelphia 76ers team currently in possession of the sixth seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs, it’s hard not to wonder, “What if?”