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Tradition Lives, Sixers Basketball is Back!Oct 23, 2012
It appeared the once proud Seventy-Sixers were doomed to NBA Quicksand. Salary cap restraints, bad drafts and apathy left the franchise in the wastelands for a decade. They are back.
It's almost surreal writing these words. The proud Philadelphia basketball tradition, lost amidst years of bad deals engineered by a trio of inept general managers, had left Sixers fans mostly apathetic. They showed up periodically to fill the Wells Fargo Center. But not for the home team. Sellouts were rare, and packed houses were generated mostly by visiting superstars, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and the flashy "flavor of the month" Jeremy Lin and the accompanying Lin-Sanity. However most games the empty seats echoed silence and reflected the cities lack of interest in the home team. It's over. Sixers basketball is back. Having been freed of the stewardship of a disinterested Comcast Spectacor ownership group and purchased by local ownership, which includes Philly's own Will Smith, the Sixers have quickly transformed into an NBA contender. How? Shrewd drafting, fortuitous trades, and devotion to their product have landed the Sixers back amongst the NBA elite. This years roster is the best in thirty years and in my opinion is already better than the 2001 NBA Finals team that Larry Brown and Allen Iverson generated so much fever in the city with. Blasphemy? All great truths begin as that, it is said. However, the addition of '7 foot Andrew Bynum has legitimized a young 76ers team that took the veteran Celtics to a game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. This team has the deepest and most talented roster in the NBA. Sixers basketball is back!
-Mt. Airy Phil