Posts Tagged ‘Lou Williams’

If you haven’t read Kate Fagan’s recent take¬†on the trials and tribulations of the Sixers it’s definitely worth a read.¬† Kate was always the most plugged-in reporter on the Sixers beat and it makes sense that she would be the one to break this story.¬† Even if a bit of it may be conjecture, its clear that her words are informed by legitimate information from the Sixers players she developed relationships with¬†while working with the team.¬† The blowout loss to the Wizards, the blowout loss to the Raptors, and the back-to-back losses to Magic and Celtics all make a lot of sense within the context of the notion that the players have hit the wall with Doug Collins.¬† His history with teams speaks for itself, and many of us who have written about¬†him with the Sixers¬†have ignored it because we were so pleased with the results he brought in his first season and a half with the Sixers.¬†¬†Maybe¬†we also wanted¬†to give the guy the benefit of the doubt that he had changed his approach and learned from his mistakes in the over half a decade he took away from the bench.¬† Sixers fans inherently want to believe in Doug for other reasons:

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For those of you who hoped this was solely a blog about the Portland Trailblazers, the team I grew up on and will always love, as any self-respecting native Oregonian must, given the lack of other professional competition in the Land of the Empire Builders – I’m sorry to disappoint.¬† Having married a Philadelphian and lived in Philly for the last couple of years, I’ve begun to closely follow a second team, the 76ers.¬† Don’t worry, if¬†there’s ever a rematch of the ’77 Finals, my allegiances will always still be with Rip City.¬† But when I moved here, having lived in New York, New England, and Oregon previously, I couldn’t believe how affordable a set of partial season tickets in excellent seats were for my family.¬† For a diehard basketball fan, I went initially (as I had to Kingdome¬†games¬†in Harlem) just to see the competition.¬† I hoped the Sixers¬†would make the games interesting, but in the Eddie Jordan era, they seldom did.¬† I was struck by the lack of support or interest the Sixers had from local sports fans.¬† They weren’t good, but they were young and they were promising, and they were clearly trending in the right direction, even if after they lost a key leader¬†with Andre Miller’s departure and got a patch of terrible coaching I could see that they were headed somewhere in the not too distant future.

This year, they’ve shown the ability to put it all together for brief stretches.¬† Lately, not so much, but with Spencer working his way back into the rotation, I have to think it’s coming soon.¬† I’ve been working on¬†an interesting (or at least interesting to me) statistical¬†project based on analysis of film from¬†some individual Sixers¬†games.¬† The project¬†require hours of video analysis and I haven’t had the time to sift through all the film yet, but I’ll be sure to share my findings soon on that front.¬† I think they may provide some additional support for the value of Andre Iguodala on this team, although it’s hard for me to believe that after years of giving him shit about being an overpaid pseudo-star, this city doesn’t realize just how valuable he is to this franchise right now.

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