Friday, January 7, 2011

The Sixers Are Stuck

As a Sixers fan I’m torn.  Yes the wins are exciting, but does anyone else feel like we’re running in place?  Recent word out of the organization is that the front office feels so good about the improving play of the squad that they’re planning on postponing the shopping of Andre Igoudala until the summer, which makes me want to grab a loud speaker, climb to the top of City Hall, and scream, WHYYYYYY?????

Do they realiggyly think that it is worth postponing the future of the franchise for a potential first round flameout to the likes of Miami or Boston?  Quality wins such as last night over Chicago show what the squad is capable of, but if anyone in the front office thinks this team is championship-caliber than they are kidding themselves.  As a fan who is frustrated with perennial mediocrity, seeing such a still stance by management is scary; I  want to see this team shaken up, even if it requires relocating our most known name. 

The current roster is teeming with talent and could be crafted into a contender, but tremendous tweaks are necessary.  The early-season struggles evidenced this fact, which is why I was ready to swallow a shitty season in exchange for another high pick, along with cap relief and/or new personnel, which would come in a trade for the consistenetly under-achieving Igoudala.  But the ever-improving play and recent winning is causing management to reconsider.  I could hear them now;

“Maybe a late playoff push is better than swan-diving completely into the rebuilding stage.”thadd

Well I will tell them first-hand as a frustrated fan, that it is not.  I have been waiting for a team that I felt could truly compete since Iverson was shipped West, and I have yet to sniff such a squad.  Securing a low seed in the East these days is certainly nothing to celebrate, especially since it would lead to a matchup with a much more well-equipped team such as the Magic or Miami.  This franchise has been stuck on first-round eliminations, and enough is enough.  Some inconsistent, albeit exciting wins, should not be enough to alter the course of the franchise. 

The best way for this team to improve is to start fresh, and keeping the roster frozen with the hope of landing a low seed seems futile.  I would certainly sacrifice another early playoff elimination for the solidification of the franchise’s future, and I believe that most of the frustrated fan base feels the same.


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