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Ex-Bulls coach Collins would love to beat his former team

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Doug Collins calls Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf one of his best friends. He says vice president John Paxson is "like a son to me." He considers the Bulls a special organization and Chicago a special place.

The Sixers coach also admits he would like nothing more than to knock the team he once coached out of the playoffs.

"It would be one of my greatest thrills," he said.

Collins coached Michael Jordan and the Bulls for three seasons before being fired in 1989. The longtime broadcaster also coached the Pistons and Bullets before being hired by the 76ers before last season.

The former Illinois State standout coached the Sixers to their first winning season since 2004-05 this season.

"This is a very special city," Collins said. "They have embraced me. I don't have any championship rings. Jerry has given me six championship watches [along with] great notes that I have kept very proudly. When I walk down the street --- I haven't been here since '89 --- bus drivers are honking and waving and the fans just saying how much they appreciated my time here.

"I love this city. It's going to be interesting. I'm sure they're not going to be lovely to me [Saturday] but it's a very special place for me."

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