On Sunday night, the Sixers lost their 14th consecutive game as they fell 92-81 to the Orlando Magic. They are now 3-24 in their last 27 games and it doesn't get any easier as they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday.
Many people have criticized the Sixers for "tanking" this season in order to get a better draft pick while former Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy called what the Sixers are doing "embarrassing."
The Sixers have one person in their corner who truly believes in their rebuilding strategy: NBA commissioner Adam Silver.
Silver, who was in Philadelphia Saturday for Allen Iverson's number retirement, was very candid when he told CSN Philly, "It is an insult to the entire league suggesting these guys are going out on the floor and not doing their very best to win games.. In any business you look at short-term results and long-term results. This organization is planning for the future and building from the ground level up.”
Silver went on to explain that he is concerned with the perception that "tanking" is the way to rebuild but clarified that he is not concerned with the Sixers strategy.
From a team perspective, it is hard to argue with what the Sixers are doing. With the future in mind, the team is starting from scratch with young players and a coach who is an educator. It is the smart way to go about it if you can struggle through a season or two of poor play.
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