10/31/12 9:31 am EST
At the start of every new NBA season, there is a renewed of belief, hope, and confidence. For the Sixers, 2012-2013 is no different. Even though, the true (unspoken) goal is to just be able stay in the same ballpark of class as the Miami Heat.
Nonetheless, there is a unique, almost poetic feeling about Wednesday night’s season opener at the Wells Fargo Center. As the Sixers begin a new chapter of their franchise’s history, they will be forced to look their past dead in the eyes; in the form Andre Iguodala.
As Iguodala brings his Denver Nuggets to Philadelphia, he carries a truckload of baggage with him, including memories (both good and bad), 8 years of frustrations, and a fractured relationship with the 76ers’ faithful.
Whether he was loved or hated, he was a much maligned, polarizing figure, partly because of his salary, demeanor, skill-set, and lack of team success.
Ironically enough, his final season as a Sixer would be the one where he actually began to be appreciated. He earned his only All-Star appearance; he led his team to their first playoff series victory in a decade, and nearly took a talent deficient team to the Eastern Conference Finals.
But, by then it was already too late.