Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
01/11/11 11:02 am EST

As a Sixers fan I’m torn.  Yes the wins are exciting, but does anyone else feel like we’re running in place?  Recent word out of the organization is that the front office feels so good about the improving play of the squad that they’re planning on postponing the shopping of Andre Igoudala until the summer, which makes me want to grab a loud speaker, climb to the top of City Hall, and scream,


Do they really think that it is worth postponing the future of the franchise for a potential first round flame out to the likes of Miami or Boston?  Quality wins such as the other night over Chicago show what the squad is capable of, but if anyone in the front office thinks this team is championship-caliber or more realistically capable of winning a first-round playoff series, than they are kidding themselves. 

As a fan who is frustrated with perennial mediocrity, seeing such a still stance by management is scary; I  want to see this team shaken up, even if it requires relocating our most known name. 

The current roster is teeming with talent and could be crafted into a contender, but tremendous tweaks are necessary.  The early-season struggles evidenced this fact, which is why I was ready to swallow a shitty season in exchange for another high pick, along with cap relief and/or new personnel, which would come in a trade for the consistently under-achieving or miscast (depending on your views of AI9, his skills and role with the 7-6) Igoudala.  But the ever-improving play and recent winning is causing management to reconsider.  I can hear them now talking down at the WFC:

“Maybe a late playoff push is better than swan-diving completely into the rebuilding stage.  We might even sell a few playoff tickets.”

Well, I will tell them first-hand as a frustrated fan, that it is not the line I want to hear.  I have been waiting for a team that I felt could truly compete since Iverson was shipped West, and I have yet to sniff such a squad.  Securing a low seed in the East these days is certainly nothing to celebrate, especially since it would lead to a matchup with a much more well-equipped team such as the Magic or Miami or Boston.  This franchise has been stuck on first-round eliminations and missing the playoffs all together for years, and enough is enough.  A few inconsistent, albeit exciting wins, should not be enough positive reinforcement that the front office alters what is clearly the correct course of action for this franchise – a complete rebuild. 

The best way for this team to improve is to start fresh, and keeping the roster frozen with the hope of landing a low seed seems futile.  I would certainly sacrifice another early playoff elimination for the solidification of the franchise’s future, and I believe that most of the frustrated fan base feels the same.


8 Responses to “76ers ARE STUCK”

  1. Joel
    11. January 2011 at 11:25


  2. Alex
    11. January 2011 at 12:50

    Gotta agree on that one, there is no point in all this! I’m sick of this playoff berth talk that has been going on for years. Every time it is the same: the Sixers get a 7th or 8th seed and think this is a good deal…come on, when is this agravation going to end?!

    No more first round eliminations, guys!

  3. PhillyDude
    11. January 2011 at 14:14

    I will NOT buy playoff tickets on my full season plan to see the Sixers as a 7th or 8th seed. I’ll hold my money and perhaps buy a pair on Craigslist to see one game, but that’s it. I’m still in the air about what to do for next year too…

  4. brennan dipippo
    11. January 2011 at 14:27

    I think that the franchise is stalling sucess. If we trade AI9, we get more pieces for our dream team. ET is starting to get the groove of things and is lighting up the stat sheet and sooner than later the room will get too small for AI9 and ET, leading to AI9 leaving a team that took a chance on him

  5. Sloetry
    11. January 2011 at 15:40

    I guess it’s a tough call to make in terms of trying for the playoffs. Players like Holiday could probably benefit from the experience. It must be difficult to make that call about some of the players. Holiday looks like he has a tremendous upside still to come, and if he becomes that “franchise” player in a couple of years, how does that improve our challenge. If he becomes a Rose type point guard, then the team will have headed up the road to later rounds in the playoffs, and you’re then only a few players away from having a great team. The question is if Meeks and Turner also can show some of that kind of potential, because it’s really too early to tell. I would trade AI9 especially on the back of the results without him playing recently, on the basis that the gamble (which any decision is) is that individual parts are still to grow and make the whole better still.

  6. Ransom
    11. January 2011 at 22:54

    So hold up…what im hearing is that the Sixers organization is so pleased with the recent success sans iguodala, (accomplished mostly while iggy was hurt), that they are going to keep him…someone need to explain this to me cause im too pissed off just to accept it as management being that stupid.

  7. Deak
    12. January 2011 at 00:00

    Great write-up. I completely agree with everything said. I wouldnt mind trading sweet Lou too. Godd player and teams will want him

  8. sean
    12. January 2011 at 00:18

    it was obvious 2 years ago the 7-6 would be in the position…it is the same perpetual rut the NYK have been in for the past 10 years or so…we are not burdened with as many horrible contracts, but unless an overhaul is made, they will be a 6-8 seed until this group matures…they will not be bad enough for the lottery, but not good enough to make a run…and that, in my opinion, is the worst state of an NBA franchise…

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