It isn't easy to build the best basketball team in the NBA, but it's no snap to construct the worst one, either, and the 76ers, after the trade deadline last season, not only achieved that latter goal but might have fielded the least-talented team in the history of the league. Twenty-three players saw minutes for the Sixers and, by process of elimination, that means one of them was the worst player on the worst team ever. In a season of distinction, that would be quite a distinction in itself, and there was a large pool from which to choose. You can't blame James Nunnally or Darius Johnson-Odom or Jarvis Varnado or Eric Maynor for the circumstance in which they found themselves, but when you're riding the bench for the 2013-14 Philadelphia 76ers, it might be time to contemplate a career change. Or consider the season of Lorenzo Brown, a guard who was sent to the D-League Delaware 87ers and then brought back six times between Dec. 26 and Feb. 5 before being cut in March. That much time on I-95 gives a man a lot of time to think. For his part, Brown thought he might prefer Italy and just signed with Reyer Venezia, which will be attempting to win its first title since 1943. At least if he gets sent to the Italian D-League, it will be by boat this time. General manager Sam Hinkie did such a good job of getting bad that some folks in the NBA feel the Sixers rubbed their faces in it. It didn't help when owner Josh Harris declared the 19-63 season "a huge success," which was a tad giddy for what had just transpired. (Harris did quickly say he doesn't like losing and even had to take guff about it from his doorman. And if there's anything to which Philadelphia sports fans can relate, it is the sting of being chided by the doorman.) Commissioner Adam Silver called the tanking of a roster, as opposed to the intentional tanking of individual games, "a legitimate rebuilding of franchises," but also said, "The fact that fans may see it another way is very [much a] concern to me." In other words, there was way too much talk about tanking to suit the commissioner, and one league executive told The Inquirer's Keith Pompey that the Sixers were having a "negative effect on the integrity of the NBA." Plus, people didn't like the general merriment that has accompanied the process. So, the Sixers are probably getting slapped down a little bit when the league's board of governors considers another tweak to the draft lottery system in October.
NBA, teams angry at Philadelphia 76ers ‘rebuilding’ process
Philly.com | Aug 4