Philadelphia 76ers Head Coach Doug Collins is known to tell it like it is before and after games. He's not one to sugar coat anything and he often delivers lines that have the press corp laughing. Sometimes he cracks on his own players, and other times like on Saturday night, he has some fun at the expense of his opponents. But beware when you basically call Kevin Garnett and his teammates old.
From ESPN Boston via CelticsBlog:
While meeting with the media 75 minutes before Saturday's back end of a home-and-home, Collins noted, "There's no reason [the Celtics] should be fresher than us. Not with the amount of playoff games, the amount of minutes they've put into this league."
Not exactly the worst thing in the world to say, but then Doc Rivers passed the info along to his team:
And asked after the game how Garnett and his 51,152 minutes responded to
the news, Rivers noted, "Kevin reacted the way you think he would
react." Which is to say that Garnett was essentially enraged.
Yeah, you don't really want to do that.
The Sixers went on to get beaten rather handily on Saturday night. KG had a team-high 19 points and shot an efficient 9-11 from the field. And he's a scary human, so there's that.
>>Sixers coach Collins' pregame ploy backfires as Boston's old dogs bite back [ESPN]