He hasn't been feeling well lately. There were various internal battles, most recently with a sinus infection. Before that Doug Collins had some pain in one of his teeth.

"How's your mouth doing?" someone asked Collins.

"I feel good," Collins replied. Pause. Then: "The other guy is in trouble."

The best kind of jokes feature some truth, and that one did, too. He is a proud father and a grandfather, which Collins talks about regularly. But there is some fight in him. He had it as a player and he has it now as a coach.

Sometimes, the way he talks, it doesn't sound like Collins thinks the Sixers have that same toughness. Not mentally or physically. He hasn't come right out and said so. But he doesn't have to.