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SIXERS: Team Needs to Address Front Office Before Finding New Coach

Well I think we can all say that after a promising finish to the 2009 NBA season, we were all extrememly disappointed in our Philadelphia 76ers pathetic performance this past season.  They went 27-55 and won just 12 games at the usually half empty Wachovia Center this past season, and saw their two top players, Andre Iguodala and Thaddeus Young, take steps back in their progression on becoming stars in the league.  While we were all expecting those two players to help lead the Sixers back to the playoffs for a third straight season, it was the inconsistent play of the two young players that were one of the main reasons for the Sixers struggles this season.  This team never established any type of identity under now fired coach Eddie Jordan, who was supposed to bring balance to the offense.  Instead the offense struggled all season, and the defense was even worse.  This team missed Andre Miller in so many ways; the fast break offense, the defensive presence but most of all his veteran leadership.  Iguodala showed none of that, something that you need to see when you give someone a contract like he got.  I think he is way overpaid and not worthy of being called an NBA franchise player.  This team needs a complete new direction and it starts at the top.  Right now the Sixers are in the process of finding their new head coach.  Let me tell you now that if GM Ed Stefanski is  not fired, it will not make a difference who the team brings in as head coach.  What this team needs is a guy who will come in and take complete control over all basketball operations, similar to whar Donnie Walsh does for the New York Knicks.  Unfortunately, the Sixers have spent so much money on guys who are not worthy of it (Elton Brand, Andre Iguodala) that they now have no money to spend on one of the big free agents on the market this summer, like Chris Bosh or Dwayne Wade.   We  need new leadership that is going to understand that this team will not be ready to compete for a while.  We need to find a way to unload players like Brand and Iguodala who are just eating up money and not producing for their value.  And then we need that GM to find a head coach that he knows can restore the glory that once was 76ers basketball.  We currently hold the sixth pick in the NBA draft this summer.  If we do not hit one of the top 3 lottery spots, I honestly think we should consider moving down in the draft and accumulate more picks.  With the exception of John Wall, Evan Turner, DeMarcus Cousins and Derrick Favors, I do not see one player worth taking that can be expected to change this whole mess around.  The Sixers are in need of a major overhaul and we can only hope that ownership will realize it.  But judging from their past tendencies, they probably won’t and things really won’t change much.

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