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Question of the Day
At least the Sixers are easy to find.
The new ownership has been in the NBA’s version of the witness protection program. Comcast-Spectacor sold the team to a group led by New York-based leveraged buyout specialist Joshua Harris. The deal is still awaiting approval by the NBA, and that could come later this month.
Harris and other members of the group have been eerily silent since the deal was announced. Interview requests have been declined and there’s no idea how they plan to run the franchise. Collins has yet to meet his new boss, though they’ve talked on the phone.
“I think they want to feel that they own the team before they get front and center,” Collins said. “They’ve been very adamant in the fact that they want to keep a very low profile until they own the team.”
Once the group gets settled, Collins will hire an assistant to replace Quin Snyder, who left for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Collins says he feels great and is recovered from a concussion he sustained on Memorial Day 2010.
He missed two preseason games last year because of symptoms related to the concussion, then had neurological testing and treatment for what was diagnosed as vertigo. He saw the Sixers earn their first victory of the season in the locker room on his back, not the bench because of dizzy spells.
Collins will visit Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation on Monday to raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of concussions.
“I got two treatments for this positional vertigo and the concussion symptoms and it went away,” after the Indiana game, he said. “I had absolutely no problem with it the rest of the year. I feel better than I’ve ever felt.”
All he needs is a team to coach.
By Robert N. Tracci
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