Collins, Jordan still on 76ers' radar

Updated: May 13, 2009, 1:48 AM ET
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LOS ANGELES -- TNT analyst Doug Collins apologized to Philadelphia 76ers president Ed Stefanski for mistakenly saying he spoke to the team about its open coaching job.

Collins had told The Associated Press on Tuesday night before Game 5 of the Rockets-Lakers series he had talked with the Sixers about their vacancy "like two or three times."

"Whatever they want to do, they know where I am if they want to call," he said.

Collins, a former NBA coach, then backtracked on his original comments during the game and denied speaking with Stefanski.

"I have not spoken to the Sixers, and they have not called me," Collins said. "It's good that we can get that clarified. If there was a little misinformation in the way it was reported or the way I said it to make it look like I had spoken to them -- I have not spoken to them."

He added: "I apologize to Eddie Stefanski if they felt like I was putting something out there that was not true."

Collins laid some blame on the media for reporting his comments.

"The thing that amazes me is how everybody just wants to rush to report something," he said. "I just have never understood. It's like, let's be first, let's not be right. ... Again, I have not spoken to these people."

Collins and former Washington Wizards coach Eddie Jordan were among the list of candidates floated to replace Tony DiLeo, who stepped down on Monday and returned to the front office.

The 76ers did not return repeated attempts at comment.

After a 9-14 start under Maurice Cheeks, DiLeo replaced him on an interim basis. Philadelphia went 32-27 under DiLeo and made the playoffs.

Collins is 332-287 in a coaching career that includes stops with Chicago, Detroit and Washington. He hasn't coached since the 2002-03 season with the Wizards.

Jordan interviewed with Sacramento on Tuesday and said he had "minimal contact" with the Sixers.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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