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espn – “When we lose, even in New York, kids come up to my family’s kids and say, ‘Hey, the Sixers lost 26 in a row. How do you like that?’” Harris said. “We don’t like that. This is my doorman, he says to me, ‘Hey, can’t you get those players going?’” “I think the season has been a huge success for us,” Harris said Friday. Give Harris credit for his honesty. The Sixers hold two lottery picks (one via a trade) and never were shy about admitting they had to tank — make that, rebuild — this season in order to start their hopeful championship track. “We don’t use that word,” Harris said of tanking. “We don’t want to be 41-41. We don’t want to be one-and-done,” Harris said. “We want this team, this city to be proud of the Sixers. We want to be proud of the Sixers.” Harris said the Sixers need at least two to four elite players to become a player again in the NBA. Could two lottery picks plus Noel and Carter-Williams serve as the ingredients in the magic formula that helps lead the Sixers to their first championship since 1983? “All these pieces are in place to make this an elite team that will compete consistently for the NBA championship,” Harris said. “There’s no shortcuts to it. Unfortunately, it takes a long time. I’m really happy with the progress.” Harris has faith in general manager Sam Hinkie to make the right calls, and he gave first-year coach Brett Brown an A for his leadership under trying circumstances. He also thanked the fans for sticking with the Sixers.
Kind of happy I don’t have any kids right now because — besides billions of other reasons — how do you explain to them why this dude is right?
“Well, son, it’s because of a broken NBA lottery system that incentivises losing in order to improve a team’s ability to land a superstar. The NBA is a superstar-driven league, so without the cap room available to bring in a max-contract salary and enough young talent to make the city a yearly contender, they’d never be desirable to superstars and would really just be spinning their wheels in mediocrity.”
I’m going to be a terrible father.
Love Josh’s honesty. Guess you don’t become a creepy super-billionaire by being scared to speak the truth. “We don’t want to be 41-41. We don’t want to be one-and-done.”
Exactly. Sometimes you gotta tank. No shortcuts.
And because I don’t want to spend more than two words on him, let’s just say Marcus Hayes’ last Sam Hinkie article was “fucking stupid”.