Pat's Sixers Blog / Dec 4, 2007 / 11:23 am

Can I Have the Last 10 Years of My Life Back Now?


Thank you Ed Snider. Thank you for sparing Philadelphia from one more day of Billy King‘s run; for freeing us from what was arguably the most inept, ridiculous decade in the 76ers’ long, (mostly) proud history.

I have detailed in this space multiple times the absurdity of what Billy King has done to my beloved franchise; his greatest hits are laugh-out-loud funny and there way too many to mention, so I’ll just give you some highlights. There were countless, ludicrous signings (i.e.- Willie Green for five years, $17 million, after he blew out his knee and showed nothing to make anyone think he can still play … which, on most nights, the answer is pretty clear to the contrary), getting fleeced something awful by Geoff Petrie into taking a hobbled, disgruntled Chris Webber from the Kings and then turning around and giving Webber tens of millions later on just to make him go away. And of course, there is the crown jewel of King’s tenure: failing to ever give Allen Iverson any help, letting him waste his prime years and then trading Iverson away for 25 cents on the dollar. Does A.I. for Jason Smith and a year of Andre Miller sound like a great deal to you?

But there is reason for hope this morning. Mercifully, King is not going to be allowed to put us through his “three-stage,” multi-year plan to rebuild the Sixers. The first step was to deal Iverson. The second was to begin the rebuilding of the team through this year’s draft. Oh, how did that go, you ask? Our lottery pick, Thad Young, hardly sees time on one of the two or three worst teams in the NBA. Jason Smith has been OK. Herbert Hill hurt himself before he could show anyone anything and Derrick Byars never made it out of training camp (That was our haul on a night when the Celtics landed Ray Allen by basically trading picks). And the third stage was supposed to be heading into this offseason with enough cap space to land a prominent free agent. Thankfully, King won’t be around to pull the trigger on a Kenny Thomas-like $70 million deal for Walter Hermann or Flip Murray. And he won’t be around to be bullied into giving Andre Iguodala a max extension.

So where do we go now? New GM Ed Stefanski has to clean house and really start from scratch. Trade Andre Miller. Andre’s a good guy and a talented player, but he’s on the other side of 30 and makes almost $10 million a year. Nevertheless, he is undoubtedly desirable to a playoff-caliber team. This will most likely be the first real test for Stefanski. Push for that Miller/Jason Williams rumored deal that was floating around last week. If you really think Lou Williams can play, move Miller and let him play. And let Thad play while you’re at it. What’s the worst that can happen? We lose a ton of games and end up with Michael Beasley or Derrick Rose in the draft? Yes please.

Ed should also clean house in the front office. Don’t let any remnants of the King regime remain. This includes severing all ties with Larry Brown. I cannot stress this enough. The fact that King allowed Brown to pull strings and put him on the payroll for “advice” on personnel moves even after he handcuffed the franchise with his own awful signings and then jumped ship for the greener pastures of Detroit once he realized it was a lost cause in Philly is unforgivable. The fact that Brown is still lurking in Philly’s backyard makes me uneasy at best.

I am happy that we have a Philly guy making decisions now (Stefanski basically hails from my family’s neighborhood and has strong Big 5 roots) with a solid track record with the Nets as GM (he brought Vince to NJ for next to nothing). I know that the road back for the Sixers will be a long one, but it has to be started somewhere.

Let it start today.

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  • Myrie in NY

    Sixers stink.
    At least, they will always have the best jerseys in the NBA. Look over the yrs at any Philadelphia 76ers jersey and you can still wear it today. There uni’s have always been on point.


    Its a sad day when you can read a whole article and only comment on the teams jersey’s but I quess that sums it up. The Sixers are a bore and so was that article. However what do you guys think about a Rip Hamilton for Igoudala trade. I’m out like the 76er’s playoff hopes for the next ten years (maybe just the next 5) LOL!!! HOLLA!!! P.S. I’M WHAT THE GAMES BEEN MISSING.

  • D R E

    for real i thought that article was hot youngfed your an ass

  • Celts Fan

    great article, completely on point, move should’ve been made 5 years ago…


    Damn Dre do I sense hostility. All I said was the article was boring. It was on point just boring. I wasn’t the only one who thought it was boring. I’m out like out like Dre’s temper. P.S. Usually I don’t respond to lames but I made a special exception for you DRE.

  • bliz289

    agreed – good article. it’s sad that the sixers and knicks have both become a joke. even though i’m not a fan of either, it’s good for the game when those two cities have good squads.

  • http://www.kianoosh.org djKianoosh

    like i said in the earlier post, I think King started something good when he and Larry Brown put the 2000 team together, but ever since then it was all downhill. bad move after bad move, all in a vicious cycle. they’re almost out of a lot of bad contracts, so thankfully he’s not around anymore to screw it up again.

    if you think about it, if danny ainge could have done what he did to get KG to help out Paul Pierce, then King should have been able to do the same to help AI. instead they “went in another direction”.

    it would be laughable if we trade andre miller back to Denver for a guy like JR Smith. Denver would probably love to have ‘dre back, dont you think?

  • Myrie in NY

    I bet Cleveland would like to have Andre Miller back.

  • Brown

    A few years too late, but a good move nonetheless. Not too sure about Ed Stefanski though. He had 3 great perimeter players in NJ, and wouldn’t give them a decent frontcourt so they could actually compete for a title (or at least the Eastern Conference crown).

    Trading Andre Miller is a given, but it won’t be to Denver unless it involves a third team. They need to get a prospect/draft pick and an expiring contract. I don’t see Cleveland having anything to offer unless it involves Varejeo/Gooden and a draft pick.

    There is definitely a market for Miller though, and I think they should look at dealing Korver to a contender (if they can get equal value that is), just because I think a lot of teams would covet a player like that and they might be able to deal him for some young talent.

    Two questions though: is Iguodala the player they want to build the franchise around? If so, will the change in GM satisfy his desire for a change? He’s a good player, but I’m still not sure if he’s the type of guy who can carry a team.

  • Foges

    Is Thad Young a bust ? Might be a bit early to call it but curious if he has the goods that he watches a lot of the game. What about Shav Randolph ? Isnt there a kid in the D-League that might be of more value ? And Korver’s market value might also never be higher.

    I agree with the sentiment to ditch King as well as Larry Brown. Good luck to Stefanski. Go Sixers.

  • jmcglone

    Great article..any chance we get Vern Maxwell back, or maybe Greg Grant, wait is that Manute Bol I see..our best chance is Ron Anderson coming back to do his thing and we can have the Bradley assassin Mr. Hawkins stand behind the 3 stripe to do his thing…LOL…I am a diehard sixers fan and will be for a long time…there are ups and downs in the league and once you achieve success, there is going to be a downslide. After reaching the finals and still having relative success with O’Brien (another Philly guy brought in to save the ship) we fired him and moved on again. No continuity over the past 4-5 years. The building is empty, the fans are there for all you can eat and Thad Young is NOT a bust. My goodness not even 20 games in a 20 yr old is called a bust ??

  • Joseph


    perhaps my Sixers can actually start to rebuild. I still think they should try and con LA to give them Crittendon and picks for miller. I don’t think LA wants a project right now, they need a PG.

  • toasteroven73

    The article made some good points but it also made some ridiculous statements. He wants the last ten years back? How about the four or five years under Brown when they were contenders including the magical 2001 season. Lets not exaggerate how bad the last ten years were. The hate toward LB is a bit confusing. I don’t blame LB at all for the current state of the Sixers outside of being the one who brought King in. LB didn’t trade for Webber, LB didn’t give WG that pity contract, and LB didn’t trade Iverson for garbage although Iverson had to go and his value was at an all time low at the time.