As a collegiate basketball player, you can’t exactly help where you were drafted and for the Philadelphia 76ers’ Evan Turner, that idea rings true.
Turner, who has struggled during his three years in the league (though, clearly grew a bit this past season) hasn’t lived up to the hype that is being drafted as the second overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, though, he’s hoping a change of scenery in the coaching ranks will help expedite his growth.
Speaking with the Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News, Turner admitted to clashing with former head coach Doug Collins, stating that he often looked to assistant coach Michael Curry to “smooth the waters” between Collins and himself.
Per the Inquirer:
Turner admitted that he and Collins clashed at times. In those moments, according to Turner, he often looked to Curry to smooth the waters.
“He was great because he was calm in certain situations, and that helps,” Turner said. “He never really panicked. That’s something that players need.”
Collins, who “resigned” at season end spent three years as the Sixers head coach – all of which Turner played under.
The Chicago native and former Buckeye is hoping that a change in leadership will point his career in a better direction, though, he might be better served to fix his jumpshot if he’s looking for a quick fix.