07/19/12 9:56 am EST
On Tuesday my colleague Steve Toll wrote a post that pulled no punches in explaining how he believes the 76ers have truly dropped the ball this off-season and in fact may have ruined the franchise for the next several years. Based on the reactions in the comments section, it’s obvious that most of you strongly disagree with Steve’s analysis of the Sixers’ recent moves. Yes, a few of you did agree with Steve, but 90% of you were calling for his head. To be honest, my analysis of the Sixers off-season falls somewhere in between Steve’s “the sky is falling” post and the glowing comments most of the readers typed up over the last two days.
Yes, I can read between the lines on the recent deals / moves the Sixers have made and I understand the long range plan the 76ers front office has put together and to me it makes sense — build around a young core; remove parts that cut into those player’s minutes and impede their growth; maintain cap flexibility and avoid the escalating luxury tax. It’s a smart plan and I like it. However, I think that long range plan could have been adhered to while at the same time using this off-season to put us in a better position for 2012-13.
After the jump I’ll look at Steve’s points and provide my own analysis…