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Friday, February 9, 2007

To Win Or Not to Win

By my calculations — why in the world aren’t NBA standings listed by conference? — the Seventy-Sixers are 7.5 games out of the playoffs with 32 games left to play entering tonight’s game. The Sixers are playing better. The rest of the conference is pretty bad.

So, the debate is beginning to heat up — should they try to win or tank the season?

Tank the season! Tank it now, tank it hard. Tank it, tank it, tank it.

Greg Oden is the man-child now playing center at Ohio State considered the hands-down favorite to be the number one pick in the draft. If Samuel Dalembert reaches his full potential tomorrow, Oden is still what this team (or any other) needs worse than oxygen.

The logic against tanking the season seems to be that losing can be a habit, that it will kill the psyche of our young core, and that Oden might not even come out. Get serious, people! Losing is a habit for teams with no talent. Besides Andre Iguodala, I could not care less about the psyche of any player on this team. We’re concerned that Willie Greene may take losing badly? How’s he taken the last few years of losing? I’ll even sacrifice Iguodala’s psyche – not that I think it would be affected – to get Oden.

Oden might not come out? C’mon. The NBA had to make a rule to keep guys from skipping college completely.

The only real argument against tanking seems to be that the worst team rarely gets the top pick in the lottery. My question is, how often do they get the 2nd pick? Kevin Durant would look pretty damn good in a Sixers uniform, too. And, oh, by the way, the Sixers lose their pick completely if they’re in the playoffs unless they’re the 16th worst team in.

It’ll never happen, but tanking is the logical thing to do.

· The hottest debate in Philly appears to be whether or not Andy Reid can handle coaching next year considering his son’s legal issues. I think the real question is whether or not the Eagles can handle having him coach. The media has already proven it’s capacity to never let an issue go after the Terrell Owens saga. Owens left town, and he’s still discussed. The head coach’s son or sons potentially being in prison would make the Owens saga look minor.
· The Eagles are at least having a positive off-season in regards to actual football issues. Jerry Jones hired Wade Phillips to replace Bill Parcells as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Jones actually teared up at the press conference to announce the hiring, possibly realizing Phillips has a 43-39 record as a head coach, 0-3 in the playoffs.
· Carmelo Anthony was named as a reserve to the Western Conference All-Star team by David Stern to replace an injured player. Anthony was suspended for a large part of the first half of the season for his part in the Knicks-Nuggets brawl. Way to “get tough,” Mr. Commissioner.

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