01/12/15 1:56 pm EST
Unless you were completely absorbed by the aftermath of the Chip Kelly – Howie Roseman power struggle down at the NovaCare Complex, you probably are aware that the 76ers won two straight games over the weekend and have now won 3-of-their-last-4. Hell, this team has actually looked halfway decent at times over this recent four game stretch
Meanwhile in Gotham, the Knicks have lost 15 straight, now own the NBA’s worst record at 5-35 and are in full blown tank mode. As you know, last week the Knicks traded Iman Shumpert as well as JR Smith to Cleveland and waived former 76er Samuel Dalembert. This morning, ESPN.com is reporting that the “Zen Master” is, “actively trying to trade veterans Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani”.
Additionally, over the weekend the Celtics (12-23; but 2-8 in their last 10 games) traded Jeff Green, their starting small forward and leading scorer (17.6 ppg.) to Memphis in a three team deal that netted Boston Austin Rivers (Who reportedly will be waived or traded.) and a future 1st round pick.
Throw in the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves (5-31 and losers of 15 straight) and the 2014-15 tank track is suddenly very crowded. The additional bad news is that the upward trending 76ers are currently sitting 3rd in the race for the most ping pong balls.