You can’t fire the players, so you fire the coach. But maybe the Philadelphia 76ers can flip the script.
At 22-33, the Sixers are 11 games under .500 and are in last place in the Atlantic Division for the first time since the 2009-10 season. Back then, in Eddie Jordan’s lone year as the coach, the Sixers brought in Allen Iverson as a means to get fans through the doors -- instead of a bazooka that fires t-shirts into the crowd.
By February, Iverson had broken down.
From that terrible, 27-55 team, only Thad Young and a rookie named Jrue Holiday remain. Holiday, an All-Star, and Young, an elite defender and energy player extraordinaire, likely will be the only two players guaranteed to return next season, too.
No, you can’t fire the players. But you can buy them out.
Along with Holiday and Young, the Sixers are on the hook next year for $44.4 million to Spencer Hawes, Jason Richardson, Evan Turner, Lavoy Allen, Kwame Brown and Arnett Moultrie. Beyond that, only Holiday and Young have deals past next season, not including the player and team options for Richardson and Moultrie.
In other words, take a good look at this Sixers’ roster, folks, because it’s going to change, and quick.
Over the final months of the season, a the postseason bid becoming more unlikely by the game, the Sixers can begin to plan for the future.
Maybe Andrew Bynum will play.
Maybe Evan Turner will develop some type of consistency and figure out what type of style best accentuates his skill set.
Sixers flawed all the way across the board
CSN Philly | Feb 28