OK, before you start throwing apples, oranges and tomatoes at me, I do understand the Philadelphia 76ers had a rough season in 2013-14 after finishing with an overall record of 19-63. I’m not from Philly, but I do know that it is a sports-crazy town, and that is one city that I know that has a passion for sports.
Philadelphia is one city that has four teams from four sports leagues. This includes the Eagles, 76ers, Phillies and the Flyers. It’s obvious that the 76ers are huge in Philadelphia, and I know how much the city of Philadelphia cares about their sports after watching a video on YouTube.com of ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith interviewing fans about 76ers basketball.
First off, I know many of the fans don’t want to hear this, but the 76ers are currently 7-31. But, look at the bright side, at least they avoided the worst start in NBA history (0-18). The 2009-10 New Jersey Nets still hold the worst start to an NBA season. Michael Carter-Williams, a point guard, and Tony Wroten, a shooting guard, for the 76ers are obviously the impact players for this team.
Carter-Williams can shoot the ball well from behind the arc, attack the rim and is not afraid to go up against some of the leagues best players. Wroten has been extremely active and is averaging 17 points a game with five assists. Another star in the making to keep a close eye on is Nerlens Noel out of Kentucky. Noel is showing promise and will be a great big man in the NBA once he develops his skills more.
The question I want answered is, “Why are players not wanting to play for the 76ers?”
Of course the answer I would hear is that they “suck”. Folks, let’s not focus on the record. Does anybody realize how young this team is? Other than Jason Richardson and Luc Mbah a Moute, the team has no veteran leadership.
Veteran leadership is important in any sport because the ones whom have been playing the game for a while can teach the youngsters more about the game since they are on a professional level, and coach them at the same time telling him or her what area in their game they need improve on to be able to compete with the elite. Veteran leadership not only will help one improve their skills, but they’ll become mentally tougher. The road has been rough for the 76ers basketball team, but a little faith can go a long ways.
Running away from a team that’s trying to rebuild from the ground up just doesn’t make sense. What is one getting out of it avoiding the situation? Andrei Kirilenko, you are a great addition to that team. Because you have been in the league for 12 years, why not be a teacher to the younger athletes? I feel like players today are more concerned about hopping on the winning team, or trying to build a superstar team instead of going up for a challenge.
When I saw how Michael Jordan was getting bullied and pushed around on the court by the “Bad Boy Pistons”, although Jordan was having a rough time playing against them, he never wanted to go join Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars and Bill Laimbeer. What did he do? Michael Jordan wanted to beat them. So, he went to the weight room and bulked up because he knew there was serious competition in front of him. This is no different from discussing the situation about Andrei Kirilenko was facing about going up for a challenge. The 76ers are only going to get better if one believes they can get better. Heck, call me up and I’ll suit up and be apart of the rebuilding process.
Here’s the video of ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith asking fans about 76ers basketball: