The Philadelphia 76ers opened the season with a four point win over the defending champion Miami Heat, and started the season 3-0.
The 76ers are now on a 21 game losing streak, the longest in club history, after trading away all of the talent older than 22-years old at the trade deadline, save for Thaddeus Young, who will be the 76ers only trade-worthy asset this summer.
One of the low points of the streak was a 20-point home loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, who have the worst record in the NBA.
That's right, there is a team so bad that they've got a worse record than one that has lost 21 in a row, and that team beat Philly by 20. In Philly.
This is what reporters were referring to when they asked new NBA commissioner Adam Silver about his thoughts on tanking.
Commissioner Silver calls the process "rebuilding" and refuses to even say, what he called "th T-word."
If that's not what's going in in Philadelphia right now, I'm not sure what is.
I understand that in the NBA, unless you're in a big market where free agents like to sign, its difficult to build any way than through the draft.
And, with likely two picks in the lottery this year, when the draft is expected to be among the best in years, it might be smart for Philadelphia to approach the off-season and the future this way.
The problem becomes the perception of how the NBA does business. If a team doesn't care about winning games, why then, should he fans?
That's could be a short-sighted view, particularly if Philadelphia ends up with the first pick and Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins is actually the next big thing, but if not, then what?
The NBA needs to do something about how the draft is structured, to avoid situations like this.
The 76ers are one of the oldest, and most storied franchises in the NBA, and to be having a premier franchise in a premier market on a 21-game losing streak to attempt to improve draft position is totally unacceptable.
Tanking is real Mr. Commissioner. It helps teams try to rebuild, but its real, and you need to do something to fix the value of the games for the teams, players, and fans going through rebuilding processes.
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