Feb 21, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT
It’s a dog eat dog world. Life’s not fair. Insert cliche here.
The fact is that the Philadelphia 76ers are awful. Awful. And there are consequences to that. Every member of the organization is in the red for what’s owed to the fans and ownership this season. But as Kate Fagan recounts for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Eddie Jordan may be the one that pays the bill.
Fagan makes a fascinating case that Philadelphia’s lack of deadline trades, particularly the movement of Andre Iguodala and Samuel Dalembert’s massive contracts, indicates that management thinks the roster isn’t the part that’s broken.
Jordan’s system isn’t easy to implement, but the problems haven’t been isolated to offensive fluency. The breakdown of a once-playoff team has been total and thorough. The decision not to replace Andre Miller with a capable point guard has proven disastrous, Thaddeus Young and the other young talent have failed to take the next step, and injuries have played their part.
But that lack of development and the massive backward slide in wins certainly gives the impression that Jordan’s lost the players. For a team that eventually will have to make some tough financial decisions given their investment for product, Jordan may find his stay in Philly short-lived. Get the cheesesteaks while you can.
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