Collins A Candidate In Philly

Collins A Candidate In Philly
May 18, 2010, 2:46 pm
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010,10:46 a.m.CSNwashington.comReturning To The Bench?Doug Collins hasnt patrolled an NBA sideline since he was with the Wizards during the Michael Jordan Error. But that could be changing.Collins, who is working the Suns-Lakers series for TNT, is one of the candidates in Philadelphia.Writes Phil Jasner and Bob Cooney in the Philadelphia Daily News: The source indicated that Collins, currently a TNT analyst, has emerged as the front-runner, but that management wants to be as thorough as possible in deciding a successor to the fired Eddie Jordan.Collins spent his entire playing career with the 76ers.Backstrom Contract Continues TrendThe reaction to Nicklas Backstroms 10-year, 67 million contract with the Capitals has been positive because, first, hes one of the top centers in the league, and second, its a continuation of a trend in the NHL.Teams are locking up their star players with decade-long contracts.For the player, taking less money over a longer period provides security in the event that his production falters, Michael Traikos writes in the National Post. For the team, spreading the salary over a number of years allows more flexibility under the salary cap.Right Approach With Strasburg?Sports Illustrateds Tom Verducci weighs in on future Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg with a headline of, Nationals Taking Safe Road With Strasburg But Is It Right One?The Nationals have made certain that nobody can blame them for overusing Strasburg. But are they underusing him? Verducci writes. Has all the sturm und drang over former Cubs wunderkinds Mark Prior and Kerry Wood, as well as the 1980 Oakland staff a generation before them, caused teams to slow pitchers' development to a crawl?Strasburg is expected to be called up to the majors in early June.