I won’t lie to you. I’m nervous. This whole season comes down to 30 minutes. The future of our quest for NBA relevancy comes down to 30 minutes. I circled three dates on my 2013-2014 NBA Calendar (neither of those dates had anything to do with actual Sixer games, or NBA games for that matter). The first was the trade deadline back in February. The second takes place tomorrow night. The third date, well, that won’t happen until next June’s draft. Believe it or not, the lottery itself is the most important date for Sixer fans. Sixer legend himself Dr. Julius Erving will be the honorary guest for Philly tomorrow night. I couldn’t think of a better legend to represent the Sixers. Philly has be title relevant once since I’ve been alive, and even during that season they really didn’t stand a chance against the Shaq-Kobe Lakers. Tomorrow could very well be the start of something meaningful. The top pick along with MCW, Nerlens Noel, the Pelicans pick, cap space and a large market should make the Sixers Eastern Conference contenders in maybe four years. It’s easier being in the East, really. There’s no excuse for Philly not to be legitimate contenders. I don’t want to get ahead of myself. Nothing has happened. There’s no such thing as a sure thing. But at least we can hope. The nerves are settling in as we’re about 27 hours away from lottery time. Get whatever superstitions ready. Wear your lucky shirt. Drink your lucky beer. Hang out with your lucky friends. And let’s just pray Philly has the top pick at 8:30 p.m. EST on May 20.
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