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The Philadelphia 76ers are on course to match the worst regular season record ever

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Before the start of the 2015-16 campaign, there wasn't any high hopes in Philadelphia.

Good job, too, because the 76ers are on course to equal the worst regular season record in NBA history if they go winless in their final seven games.

They currently display a record of 9-66, but should they end up at 9-73 come April 14, they'll match an embarrassing record that - you guessed it - the Philadelphia 76ers set in the 1972-73 season.

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It's been a painful rebuilding process, to say the least. Over the last three seasons, they have amassed a combined record of 46-193 and the Los Angeles Clippers, who sit fourth in the Western Conference at present, have managed 47 wins this term alone.

The Sixers have lost 10 straight games and would finish on a 17-game losing streak should they fail to register another victory during this campaign.

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Under Brett Brown, Phili have at different points lost both 26 and 28 straight games, the latter of which, is the longest losing streak in the history of basketball.

It feels like an eternity since Allen Iverson was lighting up the Wells Fargo Center and winning MVP awards, however, the former Sixer superstar has pleaded for the long-suffering Phili fans to have just a little more patience.

"I think in Philadelphia, real fans, you've got to be patient and understand how young these guys are and know that the potential is there. The talent is there, they're just young, bro. We've got to give them a chance."

2005 NBA All-Star Game

"Allen Iverson ain't walking through the door," Iverson said.

That much is obvious, Allen. With guys like Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor, though, there is talent in the Pennsylvania franchise.

A steady, productive backcourt would be the next step in any rebuild to balance their big man roster, which hasn't proven conducive to the floor stretching dynamic currently sweeping through the NBA.

Another legend feeling the pain is Julius Erving. As much as he'd like to see improvements on the court, he'd like to be able to confidently and proudly talk trash, too.

"It hurts to see the franchise down," Erving said. "We want to be associated with a winning team. We've got to take crap from other retired players from teams that are winning right now.

Julius Erving talks to Matt Goukas

"Then we have to remind them how we used to beat up on them in our day. It's a little bit back and forth. There's bragging rights. We'd like for the Sixers to help us get some bragging rights."

Philadelphia have not defeated any of their remaining opponents this season and have been swept by a total of 17-0 thus far.

They do, however, have to face the injury-ridden and Anthony Davis-less New Orleans Pelicans next Tuesday. If there was ever a team to grab that 10th and dignity-saving victory against, it's the struggling Pelicans.

Topics:
Nerlens Noel
Philadelphia Sixers
Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference
NBA
Jahlil Okafor

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