Duke’s Collins takes trip down memory lane

sptp_collins
Collins has fond memories growing up in Philadelphia and hanging out in the Sixers’ locker room with his dad as a youngster.
Paige Ozaroski/Metro

The memories come flooding back every time Chris Collins steps off the airplane in Philadelphia. It always takes him back to his childhood.

The 38-year-old Collins is the associate head coach for Duke, the No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament’s Midwest region. The Blue Devils were in town Friday to play a second-round game (they beat No. 15 Albany, 73-61) at the Wells Fargo Center.

The arena isn’t the same one a young Collins remembers, but it’s still rife with those memories. When he was a kid, he was following his dad, Doug, everywhere the former Sixers star went.

“A ton of memories stick out,” Collins told Metro. “Darryl Dawkins (was) sleeping in my house when I was a little kid. The main thing that sticks out are the times after the games, my dad bringing me back to the locker room as a 5-year-old and a 6-year-old, and all those guys, seeing them ice down.

“And they’re cracking on me, telling jokes. Dr. J and Darryl Dawkins and George McGinnis. It was a special time. I wasn’t real old, but I was old enough to know what was going on.”

Collins knows what’s going on with his father these days. In a season filled with injuries and the Andrew Bynum saga, the Sixers coach has had a tough go of it.

“We talk almost every day,” Chris said. “When you’re in this for a long time, there’s years where you have injuries and things are not going well, and you have a tendency to get down. I think overall he’s done a really good job. No one wants to win more than he does.

“I try to keep his spirits up and keep him up with the task at hand. He’ll keep teaching, watching them grow and hopefully things will be better in the future.”

For Chris, the future may bring his own head coaching job. He is reportedly the top candidate to replace Bill Carmody at Northwestern.

“Chris is growing up with it,” said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. “Chris knows everything about basketball. I mean, you ask him who scores — he’s just terrific. They’re beautiful people (Chris and Doug), and we feel like we’re one and the same family. I mean, I’ve known Chris since he was 17 years old.”

Chris joined Coach K’s staff as an assistant on July 22, 2000. In 2008, he was promoted to associate head coach. After this tournament ends, he may well be finalizing his own staff at Northwestern. Until then, he’s fully committed to Duke and making a deep run. The Blue Devils will take on Creighton, who beat Cincinnati 67-63 Friday, Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center.

“We’re excited,” he said. “We’ve been disjointed with injuries the whole year. We’ve kind of managed that, weathered the storm, got Ryan [Kelly] back late in the year and we’re excited about still playing. We feel like we have all the pieces.

“There’s a lot of teams capable of winning [it all]. You can’t get too far ahead of yourself. You’ve got to play the game in front of you. Hopefully, we win that and see who’s left standing.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Newest java joint in bastion of hipness is…

Little may represent the change the neighborhood is undergoing right now like the arrival of the first Starbucks. The chain which is ubiquitous in Manhattan, opened a Williamsburg store at…

National

Black and white are the new orange at…

By Brendan O'Brien(Reuters) - Black and white are the new orange in a Michigan county where the sheriff has made a wardrobe change for jail…

National

Traps set after reports of giant snake on…

New Jersey animal control workers have set traps to snare a reported 20-foot-long serpent slithering through the waters of Lake Hopatcong.

Local

NYPD: Stroller carrying 2-year-old rolls onto Queens subway…

A 2-year-old girl in a stroller rolled onto subway tracks in Queens on Monday morning, police said.

Entertainment

‘The Leftovers’ recap: Season 1, Episode 4, ‘B.J.…

Last week’s episode of “The Leftovers” was apparently a fluke, because this week’s episode returns to focusing on the Garveys and it is so boring.…

Movies

Interview: Luc Besson says 'Lucy' is very different…

Filmmaker Luc Besson talks about his new film "Lucy," how it's different than "Limitless" and his crazy first conversation with Egyptian actor Amr Waked.

Music

Weezer releases first new song since 2010

Weezer releases "Back to the Shack," their first new song in almost six years.

Movies

Benedict Cumberbatch plays a different kind of genius…

The man known worldwide for his portrayal of London's eccentric private detective Sherlock Holmes is trading his Belstaff coat for tweed this fall. Benedict Cumberbatch…

NFL

'Vicktory dogs' travel road to rehabilitation seven years…

Of the dozens of dogs groomed by Bad Newz Kennels, 48 were rescued and 22 of the pit bull terriers have emerged at Best Friends Animal Society.

MLB

Yankees looking at trade for Cliff Lee, according…

Yankees looking at trade for Cliff Lee, according to report

NFL

Giants lineman Chris Snee to retire: Reports

The Giants report to training camp on Tuesday, but Chris Snee may not be there when they do.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony talks about his charity work in…

As he is used to doing every year, NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony is going to visit Puerto Rico to do work for his foundation.

Tech

RocketSkates let users roll with a motor

Los Angeles company Acton has raised funds on Kickstarter to roll out a nifty alternative – motor-powered "RocketSkates."

Tech

Knicks star Carmelo Anthony becomes a tech entrepreneur

He's been an All-Star, an Olympian, and a celebrity spokesperson. Now NBA player Carmelo Anthony is adding the position "tech entrepreneur" to his resume. Along…

Tech

Ulises 1 is the world's first singing satellite

A group of artists and engineers in Mexico have unveiled Ulises 1, the world's first opera-singing satellite.

Home

Wallscape on a budget

Skip the wallpaper and ombre an accent wall instead.