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.