BOSTON - Before Wednesday night's game against the Boston Celtics, 76ers coach Doug Collins reacted to the news that Larry Brown had resigned as coach of the Charlotte Bobcats.
The move appeared to be a mutual agreement between the 70-year-old Brown and Michael Jordan, the Bobcats' chairman.
Collins said the resignation was probably the best for all involved.
"It sounds like from what I'm hearing that Michael's going to keep him around in an advisory capacity and stuff," Collins said. "It'll be interesting to see what happens."
Added Collins: "From Larry's standpoint, I'm happy for him because it didn't end great for him with New York [he was fired from the Knicks job in 2006], and for him to get a chance to go back and then go to Charlotte . . . I think probably was a good thing for him."
Brown coached the Bobcats for about 20 months, taking them to the NBA playoffs last season. He signed a four-year contract with Charlotte in April 2008.
Before the game, Collins addressed the 121-76 loss the Sixers suffered on Tuesday night against the Chicago Bulls. In that game, the Sixers trailed by as many as 51 points.
"You're sort of jumping from the frying pan to the fire, going from the Bulls, who are playing well, to the Celtics, who are playing better," Collins said. "We had not played like that in such a long time. To play like that, to me, was a little perplexing. I couldn't figure it out."
Sixers guard Lou Williams said the team just wanted to forget it ever happened.
"It's over, it's over," Williams said. "You play and it's one of those things - sometimes you just get it handed to you. We weren't there mentally, and physically we got manhandled. It's one of those games you throw out and really don't want to talk about it. That was the reason we probably didn't meet as a team, just get over it."
The Sixers, who usually hold a mandatory team meeting on the second day of back-to-back games, instead held a voluntary one.
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