Sixers, It’s Time

Sixers, It’s Time

I opted against chronicling the end of Philadelphia’s most recent season. In previous years I wrote plenty about the many shortcomings, the misery, the dissatisfaction, but this year I decided to take a break from it. Everything written following that series rung true. There wasn’t any need for additional commentary from yours truly. It’s in [...]

Ben Simmons, A Farewell

Ben Simmons, A Farewell

Ben Simmons appeared on the bench last night in the best of spirits. Seen laughing and enjoying himself. It marked the first time he sat so close to an NBA floor in nearly eight months. At some point soon, Simmons will play basketball. He’ll do all of the things he’s known for doing. Finding open [...]

Joel Embiid, He’s Here

Joel Embiid, He’s Here

Expectations should be tampered. The East is better. Even if Ben Simmons plays this entire year, Brooklyn and Milwaukee remain superior. That’s OK. Boston will be healthier. Atlanta will only improve given how many games Cam Reddish and De’Andre Hunter missed a season ago. It’s tough to know what the real expectations for Philadelphia should [...]

Ben Simmons, Still Here

Ben Simmons, Still Here

Like every other 76ers fan, I had hoped this situation resolved itself. Long before training camp and the preseason began. Wishful thinking, sure, since every report this summer was more of the same: the reality a trade wasn’t ever close. We’re a weekend away from media day where questions will only be about Ben Simmons, [...]

Joel Embiid, Alone

Joel Embiid, Alone

Nobody feels bad for the 76ers. Why should they. Context, of course, matters. So much has happened with this franchise since Sam Hinkie took over in 2013. It’s easy to ridicule the 76ers and Trust The Process. They forced the NBA to change lottery rules. And for what… A popular post went viral last night [...]

The 76ers, Insanity

The 76ers, Insanity

I didn’t want to write about it. I swore it off, almost like it didn’t happen. Who wants to relive that? Who wants to go back to 12 hours ago? And see Lou Williams make bucket after bucket. And see a promising season drift away. Atlanta practically begged the 76ers to win Game 5. The [...]

Is It OK to Be Optimistic?

Is It OK to Be Optimistic?

As last NBA season began, many expected great things from the Philadelphia 76ers. The defense would be among the league’s best, quite possibly historic. The minutes Joel Embiid missed the previous campaign that hindered Philly’s chance would be solved by Al Horford. On paper it all made sense. I haven’t written anything about the 76ers [...]

“Can you imagine if we can get this right?”

“Can you imagine if we can get this right?”

“Can you imagine if we can get this right?” Brett Brown said during his introductory press conference as Philadelphia’s head coach seven years ago. I came across it shortly following the Boston Celtics onslaught over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 2 Wednesday night. I began reading Tanking to the Top: The Philadelphia 76ers and the [...]