Thursday, March 20, 2014

22 and Counting

The Philadelphia 76ers have lost 22 games in a row. Last night losing to the Bulls 102 - 94 and with the suddenly hot New York Knicks coming to town it's not out of the realm of possibility that the Sixers can set the league record with at least 27 in a row. The current record is 26 which was set by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010. Can the Sixers really be this bad? The simple answer is yes. The Sixers moved the only real talent to Indiana in a trade of Evan Turner for scraps. When the season started everyone knew that the Sixers were going to be a bad team because tanking has become a strategy for bad teams to building a hopeful contender. With the Sixers losing those 22 games it's a surprise that they don't have the worst record in the league that honor belongs to Milwaukee Bucks who have won a paltry 13 games this season.

Tanking is not a viable way to build a team just ask Dan Gilbert, the big mouth owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who has been tanking for the best shot at the number 1 overall pick in the draft every season since LeBron took his talents to South Beach. The reason I say "best shot" is because unlike other leagues the NBA uses a lottery for it's worse teams to decide who is going to win the number 1 pick. That's what the Sixers are trying to do, trying to get the most ping pong balls with their name on it and hope they get that 1st pick. I feel bad for the fans in Philly considering that the Sixers have had a rich history when it comes to basketball and now they're just counting how many more loses the Sixers can rack up in a row. 22 and counting.

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