THE NIGHTMARE IS OVER

All good things must come to an end.

But, unfortunately for the 76ers organization and its fans, their immaculate 2012-2013 season came to an end before it ever began.

In August, the Sixers introduced their addition of Andrew Bynum — and, oh yeah, Jason Richardson — at the Constitution Center in front of a raucous crowd.  But, before Bynum could even get through hinting at signing a 5-year max extension, he stopped in his tracks.

Then, as all of Philadunkia was imagining Bynum backing down the likes of Roy Hibbert, Joakim Noah and Tyson Chandler before turning them into a poster, the team announced that Bynum would be undergoing surgery on his knees and going to Germany.

We all know he would go on to never suit up in a Sixers uniform outside of a photo shoot.  We all know he participated in less practices than his jersey number, 33.  We all remember his parade of ridiculous hairdos and his romantic long walks on a freakishly expensive anti-gravity treadmill.  His season, and maybe his career in Philly, was over before it even had a chance to commence.

All good things must come to an end.

Many can remember this season as the year where Jrue Holiday catapulted into NBA stardom and appeared in his first NBA All-Star game.  But, his tremendous season came to screeching halt during the last month and a half of the season.  Jrue, who averaged 19.0 points, 9.0 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game entering the All-Star break, put up a miserable stat line of 13.6 points, 4.8 assists and 3.6 rebounds in April.

All good things must come to an end.

Evan Turner started to silence his multitude of critics in the fall, emerging as the team’s second option on the offensive end and assumed the role of primary perimeter defender.  His addition of a corner three was dynamic for his game and many were talking about a contract extension for “The Enigma”.  But, then February came around and Turner shot 0-for from three-point land, made just 36 percent of all of his field goal attempts and saw his turnovers spike to a whopping 3.3 per game.  He never recovered from his February slump. 

All good things must come to an end.

Doug Collins was widely viewed — although not by this scribe — as the coaching savior of a team that had previously gone through 6 coaches in the past 7 years since Larry Brown left the City of Brotherly Love.  He guided the club to its first playoff series victory since 2003.  He was connecting with the fan base in plenty a media session.  But, as the going got rough this season, rumors began to spin of Collins losing his locker room.  Speculation mounted if Collins would be able to finally get over the hurdle of lasting more than three seasons at the helm of an NBA franchise and multiple outlets reported the front office secretly wanted him to resign.  He resigned via a press conference not even 12 hours after the Sixers’ season finale last night — but neglected to tell his players first.

All good things must come to an end.

Even the brief polarizing stints from Spencer Hawes and Nick Young, the late season play of Damien Wilkins, the never-ending surplus of energy from Thaddeus Young and the merry-go-round of backup point guards weren’t enough to distract this fan base from what was a, frankly, horrific season at the Wells Fargo Center.  And, when you consider the 7-1, 290-pound expectations that the city had for the 76ers, this season may go down as the most disappointing and heartbreaking seasons the organization has ever experienced.

Lavoy Allen failed to progress while Nik Vucevic blossomed in Orlando.  Jason Richardson was over and done with before he could even create a mirage of the three-point shooting that the team promised.  The oh-so-“physical” Kwame Brown spent more time on the bench than he did protecting the paint.  Arnett Moultrie barely got on the court enough to have a “rookie moment” or say, “Hi mom!” to the cameras.  Contrary to his name, Dorell Wright was used so wrongly off the bench he never seemed to be truly comfortable in a red, white and blue uniform.

Yet, now it’s time to take a deep breath.

While all good things must come to an end, thankfully terrible things can cease as well.  The nation pulled itself out of the Great Depression in the 1930s.  An African American finally took office as President of the United States.  And, the 2012-2013 Philadelphia 76ers season has finally past as well.

Now it’s up to Adam Aron, Joshua Harris and Tony DiLeo to decide the fate of the Sixers’ next five years.  But, regardless, things can’t possibly get any worse than they were this season.

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