06/15/11 10:58 am EST
56-26. The number one seed in the Eastern Conference. The MVP. The coach of the year. The defensive player of the year. Even the sixth man of the year! I’m not talking about an old Boston Celtic dynasty team, I’m remembering the 2000-2001 76ers, the season basketball made your heart skip a beat as a diehard Philadelphia sports fan.
It’s been exactly ten years since that improbable march all the way to NBA finals took place. Larry Brown predicated his team on defense – hmm sound familiar? – and without anything close to a second-tier scorer LB was able muscle his brilliant coaching philosophies into the minds and hearts of this Sixer team.
After an easy first round downing of the Pacers, the Sixers scrapped like schoolboys against probably both the best Raptors and Bucks teams of all-time. The Raptors had seven players score over nine points per game (Morris Peterson, Keon Clark, Charles Oakley etc.) and more astonishingly finished sixth in attendance. The Bucks boasted the dynamic threesome of Ray Allen, Glenn Robinson and Sam Cassell, all of whom were in their prime. The Sixers outlasted both teams in seven games before falling to Shaq and Phil Jackson…yeah that’s a shot at young Kobe.
Really absorb the list after the jump. I think it’ll reeealllyyyyy make you appreciate Larry Brown and the things he was able to do these guys. First, I’ll remind you who the main players were for that 2001 Sixers team and what they are up to now.