The Phialdelphia 76ers have been awful all season and find themselves with an abysmal 2-19 record that makes them the worst team in the whole of the National Basketball Association.
A huge problem with being a team that is so obviously tanking the whole season and losing as many games as possible is keeping morale high in the locker room.
So, Sixers head coach Brett Brown is understandably furious after 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie agreed to trade Brandon Davies - a key figure who boosts team spirit - to the Brooklyn Nets.
While Philadelphia is tanking from a front office perspective this season, Brown liked what he was getting from Davies in practice on a day-to-day basis. He was sorry to see him go, and lamented the deal when speaking to reporters.
“When you start losing people that you are very fond of and have tremendous respect for … there is a human side of it that bothers me because you are trying to grow chemistry, you are trying to grow a culture,” Brown said after Thursday’s practice.
“That takes a hit when teammates lose teammates. There is a respect, effort-wise, of how they go about their business. There is a reality to our job that is just business in the NBA, but it doesn’t mean it has to feel right.”
“It is a tremendous challenge to keep the locker room together if they lose a teammate or friend. It is a tremendous challenge to have a semblance of order or purpose on offense or with rules on defense. It is just such a volatile situation at times.”
While Brandon Davies isn’t exactly a household name, he was a key man for Philadelphia and appeared in 20 of his team’s 21 games this season, averaging 19 minutes per contest.
If Davies is as important to the team as Brett Brown says then his job just got a hell of a lot harder in 2014.