A realistic projection is that, if everything goes just right, the Sixers could slip into the playoffs and maybe steal a game in the first round from the Pacers. If things don't go just right, well, the 9-73 record is probably safe. Right?
But to numb the pain of the new NBA season, there's this hysterical scouting report on the Sixers, where a bunch of experts give their predictions for the team. My favorite is this harping about the team's coaching situation:
Iverson and Webber must share the burden of leading the team as Maurice Cheeks becomes the fourth coach in less than two years. Both veterans need the ball, so striking the right balance will get them back in the playoffs.
That penetrating insight comes from Jim O'Brien, the Sixers coach who was fired last year.
Dude, the Eagles Dynasty? Don't you have to win a title to be considered a dynasty? How many titles have the Eagles won? oh yeah, that's a big fat ZERO.
You know, I was all set to feel badly for you and then you spoiled it by saying you think the Sixers will take one from the Pacers in the play-offs. After I picked myself up off the floor from laughing, I was no longer feeling sorry for you. Granted, just about anyone who plays .500 ball can get to the play-offs, so for Philly to get there isn't entirely out of the realm of possibilities. But to take a game from the Pacers?
Don't make me tell you the truth about Santa Claus.
Dalembert and Korver are good enough players, and Igoudala looks like he has some solid upside ahead of him. But unless they can land themselves another guy at the All-NBA level, I can't imagine why you would think the post-Iverson era is something to look forward to.
Goodbye borderline playoff team, hello mathematical elimination in January.
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