Former Bulls Coach Doug Collins joins ESPN NBA Countdown

Former Chicago Bulls head coach Doug Collins has signed on as a full time NBA Analyst for ESPN.

Doug Collins will serve on NBA Countdown – ABC and ESPN’s NBA pre-game show – with Hall of Famer and Michigan State legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Former Fab 5 member Jalen Rose and Elvis Presley of sports journalists Bill Simmons.

In addition, he will serve as a game analyst for select telecasts on ESPN.

Doug Collins will essentially fill the role of Michael Wilbon on the show. Wilbon went to Northwestern, did you know that?

Did you hear that Wilbon is a NU alum? Did ESPN promote the fact that Wilbon is a NU alum enough last week?

Did you get that? Is that message clear? A lot of national media personalities went to Northwestern, did you get that memo?

In case you missed it, the Medill School of Journalism, located at Northwestern University is really good. A lot of Medill grads work in the national sports media. You need to know that.

Just in case ESPN didn’t tell you that enough this past week.

Wilbon will focus more on his studio show Pardon the Interruption now instead of NBA Countdown.

Doug Collins was a NBA head coach for 11 seasons, most recently with the Philadelphia 76ers, and he reached the NBA Playoffs seven times. Collins also played eight seasons combined in the ABA and NBA, going to the All-Star game four times. Doug Collins is also a veteran television analyst. He contributed to NBA and Olympics coverage for NBC.

He’s also worked for Turner Sports. NBA Countdown will debut Friday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m. CDT.

In Chicago, Doug Collins is obviously best known for being the Bulls head coach in 1986, when he coached Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. He led the Bulls to a string of playoff appearances, including their best record in 15 years and an Eastern Conference Finals Appearance in 1989. However, he wasn’t able to get them over the hump and past the Detroit Pistons. With the Bulls unable to advance to the Finals, Collins was replaced by assistant Phil Jackson later in 1989.

And we know how that worked out!

Chris Collins, the son of Doug Collins and long time Duke Blue Devils Assistant, came home this March when he assumed the Head Coaching duties at Northwestern.

Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. An analyst for 95.7 The Fan and 1620 The Zone, he also writes for Chicago Now. Follow him on Twitter (@paulmbanks), Facebook, and RSS

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