Basketball players just aren't built like they once were. Today's breed of ball players aren't as mentally tough as they were in the playing days of Doug Collins, who suited up for the Philadelphia 76ers from 1973 through 1981.
Collins, who is in his second season as the Sixers' coach, has learned that lesson first hand now that he has deals with the modern generation of players on an everyday basis.
"The one thing about players today is that they're very sensitive, and very fragile," Collins said before his team's game against the Boston Celtics on Easter Sunday. "They didn't grow up with tough coaches. You know, I had my ass kicked since I was six. It's a different time, and so I treat this team very much with kid gloves. I really do, and I'm still looked at as an ogre."