The Sixers Week in Review for October 4, 2015. Your home for news and info from around Sixers Nation
Welcome to a brand new Sixers season and the return of the Sixers Week in Review. Here you will find the lighter side of 76ers basketball, as we all try to get through what will most likely be another long season that will hopefully begin to show some glimmers of hope.
Sixers Owner Josh Harris Has No Plans To Sell Sixers
Last Thursday, Sixers majority owner Josh Harris gave his “State of the Sixers” address while attending the team’s training camp at Stockton University. Harris hit all his usual points about being impatient and wanting to win now as well as an update on the progress of the Sixers’ new practice facility and his satisfaction with the job Brett Brown has done as head coach under one-of-a-kind circumstances.
Harris also made a point to note that no, he has no plans to sell the team and that he plans to stick around for the long haul.
“The Sixers have been a good investment, but that’s not what’s driving us.
“There are no plans to sell [the team]. Our ultimate goal has not changed and that’s to bring an NBA championship to Philly.”
via CSN Philly.com
This should no doubt calm the fears of many Sixers fans (myself included) who have long suspected that Harris would sell the team for a sizable profit, seeing as he has more than doubled the value of the franchise over the last four years.
Now if he would just say he has no plans to ever move the team to Camden, I could sleep at night.
Furkan Aldemir Is Batman
On Monday, before the Sixers began training camp, the organization held their annual Media Day, which serves as a chance for everyone to get to know the Sixers, do some interviews and take some pictures.
For some reason, The Philly Sports Cave wasn’t invited, but that’s a rant for another time.
While the day was filled with the usual news tidbits and the players saying all the right things, center/forward Furkan Aldemir may have won the internet for his very… interesting interpretation of Batman.
At least Aldemir has a backup plan if the whole basketball thing doesn’t work out.
The Supreme Confidence Of Jahlil Okafor
It seems that every training camp, a Sixers comes forward and says something so outlandish and far-fetched that you can’t help but shake your head and think “Ah, youth.”
This season the award goes to rookie center Jahlil Okafor.
Okafor has already gone on record saying that he has set himself the goal of winning the NBA Rookie of the Year award, but now he thinks the Sixers can, and will, make the playoffs this season.
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) September 29, 2015
“We all want to try to make the playoffs. That’s something that we’ve mentioned more than once in the locker room, so that we’re all on the same page and we’re all eager to get started.”
And he’s convinced some of his teammates that it could happen too, including Jerami Grant.
“We’re a team that’s getting better. It’s definitely possible for us to get to the playoffs, so that’s one of our goals that we set out this summer.
“I think this year we’re going to have a good season, a lot better season than people think.”
via CSN Philly.com
Bold words for a franchise that has won a grand total of 37 games the past two seasons.
Will it happen? I wouldn’t call any Las Vegas bookies just yet. But there is a very good chance that yes, this Sixers team will win more games than most fans are expecting. Personally I have them winning 30-plus games in 2015-16, but it could easily be more if the team gels and GM Sam Hinkie leaves the roster alone.
So, as we wrap up the first Week in Review of the new season, I leave you. as I always do, with the Sixers Dancers in all their glory.
You’re welcome. See you next week.