|The charade of a 4-3 start will most likely be shattered tonight when Brett Brown's old team comes to town. The Spurs won't be surprised by anything the Sixers try to do, they wrote the book. Expect light minutes for Duncan, Ginobili and Parker, and a lopsided score when all is said and done.|
|After thoroughly outclassing the hapless Cavs in Philly last night, the Sixers hitched a ride to Cleveland to do it all over. The conclusion of this back-to-back, home-and-home is going to tell us something about both of these teams. The Cavs have a mandate to make the playoffs from ownership. The Sixers have a mandate to win the lottery from their GM. Another Sixers win will put both destinies in doubt.|
|I suppose this intro writes itself...Andrew Bynum will finally suit up in Philadelphia, only he won't be wearing Sixers duds. Cleveland has already gotten more for their money than Philly did in their dealings with Bynum, but that's far from their money's worth. Tonight, it'll be Kyrie vs. MCW with plenty of boos cascading down on Bynum (and probably the hometown team if they don't start defending).|
|Make no mistake about it, this roster was built to lose. Sam Hinkie and Brett Brown spent extensive time this summer talking about how the rebuild was going to be a slow process. The team didn't make a single move in the offseason designed to move the needle in a positive direction for the 2013-2014 season. This is a team full of cast-offs and immovable pieces and their second choice at #11 in last summer's draft is, to steal a phrase from Zumoff, turning garbage into gold.|
Latest comment: from bukeYikes! I guess that means Lavoy and Davies are the backup frontliners . Let's see what they can do....
|Well, it had to happen eventually. The moment I hadn't given a second's thought to all summer is finally upon us. The Philadelphia 76ers will take the floor against a legitimate professional basketball team tonight, the first of 82 contests in which they will be decided, and deserved underdogs.|
|After an interminable journey through the ranks of disinterested assistant NBA coaches, the Sixers finally tagged their man (then had to pay a king's ransom to get him to take the job) in Brett Brown. Brown's bonafides are fine. Unfortunately, it's probably going to take him longer than the 4 guaranteed years the Sixers gave him to get his coaching record above .500.|
|No pun intended. In a move that appears to be spinning wheels and helping out an old friend, Sam Hinkie has traded for Royce White - an average D-Leaguer with anxiety problems (and a Twitter obsession) - and Furkan Aldemir, a stashed European big man.|
Latest comment: from TrayI still say pled, for what it's worth. And I'm a 20-something....
|I get it, I really do. You traded your best asset for essentially the #1 pick in this year's draft and a probable lottery pick in next year's draft. You've made the team bad...Bobcats bad. They're going to be bad for (at least) a year when it could pay huge dividends to be bad. Get worse to get better...the middle is the worst...accumulate assets. It all makes sense, I just have a favor to ask.|
|When David Stern strides to the podium tonight to announce the Sixers selection in the 2013 draft we might get our first glimpse into Sam Hinkie's team-building strategy. Or maybe we'll just get to see how he handles a late lottery pick in a terrible draft. Either way, at least something will happen, and the stakes aren't particularly high.|
|In shocking news, the Sixers are reportedly, maybe, possibly interested in Will Bynum (no relation).|
Latest comment: from GoSixersHe wouldn't have drafted Evan Turner in the top 10...
|To brighten up your holiday weekend (and provide a fresh post for draft arguments), commenter Sander has provided us with his perspective on the right path forward. I believe it involves losing a bunch of games, and possibly having Thad fake an injury, but I'm not sure. Enjoy.|
|It took him a year longer than he would have liked, but Josh Harris has finally begun to run the Philadelphia 76ers like he would any other company he acquired at a bargain. Old management is finally gone, and Sam Hinkie is the Stanford MBA-toting savant who will apply new logic to the problem of building a contender, and more importantly, speaks Harris' language.|
|The latest bit of news to squirt out of the Sixers PR department is the addition of a local, affiliated NBA Developmental League team, the Delaware 87ers. Josh Harris had a big smile on his face. This is the latest in a long line of cutting edge propaganda moves the Harris-led franchise has made since they bought the team during the lockout two summers ago. Like most of the print-worthy moves they've made, this one is a lot of noise about nothing.|
Excitement. Dissapointment. Angst. Frustration. Anger. Disgust. The range of emotion experienced by this Sixers fan since the Sixers made the franchise-altering trade for Andrew Bynum last summer has been draining. If you're in the "just get rid of him," camp, I get it. I understand the logic behind making him someone else's problem. I completely get why people want to turn the page, but I don't think it's necessarily the right thing to do for this team.|
|There is no guarantee tonight will be Evan Turner's last in a Sixers uniform. Spencer Hawes, Kwame Brown and even Nick Young could return as well. The only sure thing is tonight will be a farewell for Doug Collins as the team's head coach. Love him, hate him, or have no feelings either way about him, Doug's vinegar-strokes faces will no longer be on the sidelines when this team (or at least a new team wearing the same uniform) takes the floor next fall. One last time in Indy.|