Doug Collins spent his final official moments as Sixers coach trying to define his three-year tenure and clarify the way it suddenly ended.
"The last week has been very hard for me," Collins said. "It's been very tough. I never felt that Josh Harris did not want me to be his coach, and that was reiterated again morning. But that's not going to change. People are going to believe what they want to believe."
Late in his 25-minute session with reporters, tears welling in his eyes, Collins added this:
"I hope that I've been a man in every way, that I've done my job to the best of my ability."
We can save a lot of time here. Collins will be remembered as one of many coaches who passed through town without winning anything. He won't be a punch line like Rich Kotite or Eddie Jordan. He didn't stay long enough to become an institution like Andy Reid. That's about it.