Twice Doug Collins said he wanted to be remembered more as a man than as a coach.

Well, he will be and should be. Collins is putting his family first, wanting to spend more time with his grandchildren and watch his son, Chris, coach at Northwestern University next season, and that is what men do.

But, he will also be remembered as coach.

Twice, he resurrected the Sixers.

First, as a player, drafted No. 1 overall in 1973, he came to a team that was 9-73. You think this season was bad? Try suffering through a season like that.

Then, he came back three years ago to revive this dying franchise. He coached the team to within one win of the Eastern Conference finals. This season, the bottom fell out because, as Collins said Thursday morning during a press conference at the Sixers’ practice facility, they “swung for the fences” in trading for Andrew Bynum, who turned out to be damaged goods, of course.

Yeah, Collins stepped down as a man, leaving an admirable legacy both as a player and a coach here.

Sadly, owner Josh Harris won’t find another man like Collins to coach his team. He truly is unique to this franchise.

So, Harris can’t try to find another man like Collins to coach this team.

What Harris and his ownership group needs to do is think beyond finding a coach for the spiraling Sixers. They need to think player, then coach.