|In Brian's temporary absence, I'm putting up this article to start a new discussion thread, as things bog down a bit on some browsers after 500+ comments. In the blogs honor, I'll steer away from my typical pro-Hinkie apologetic blather and try and post something a bit more cutting...|
|17 and counting. Tanking in professional sports has always been about the difficult balancing act between wanting to be bad enough to land a top draft pick while giving the appearance to your fans (and possibly the governing body of your league) that you're trying to win. It must be a revelation for Sam Hinkie and Josh Harris to embrace the first while disregarding the second. Two games separate the Sixers from the best odds at the #1 spot.|
|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.|
|The time is nigh. Later tonight, the Sixers will play the Detroit Pistons in their final game against a team they are chasing to the bottom. At the same time, the Warriors will be playing the Wizards. Detroit, Golden State and Washington all have 23 wins, three fewer than the Sixers. A loss tonight will give Philly a fighting chance at moving up as high as the fifth-worst record. A win and you can forget about it. If there was a day left to circle on your calendar, this is it. Excited?|
Latest comment: from AlvinAmen brother....
|A troubling benefit of rooting for a disaster of an NBA team is that what is really a pitiful docket of games turns into a night full of viewing pleasure. Check out tonight's NBA schedule, and my best-case scenario for the night after the jump.|
Latest comment: from Skin TagsDon't be depressed! http://www.removingskintags.com/...
|If you look at the teams who have tanked successfully, without having a roster devoid of talent, traditionally they've had injuries to grease the skids, if you will. The Sixers have had some injuries this season, but none to the players who really matter when we're talking about winning and losing games. Heading into tonight's game against the Nets, perhaps quantity will make up for quality, where the injury bug is concerned.|
Latest comment: from JohnEMageeESPN UPdate Fractured Thumb for Young - no timetable for return I say done for the season ...
|We've had a nice back-and-forth in the comments over the past month or so regarding the "blow it up" option. The logic goes that the Sixers are stuck in a vicious cycle as long as they're drafting in the teens and they'll never truly turn the corner until they become bad enough to get to the top of the draft. I've consistently fallen on the other side of the argument, for several reasons. One of those reasons is simply that we've been there before, I lived through it, and it wasn't pretty.|
Latest comment: from BrianYeah, my question was if you think we should blow it up, then why draft for a need?...
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