Philadelphia 76ers Launch New Campaign That Screams 'Tanking'

By Ryan Heckman
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Over the past several months, the Philadelphia 76ers have gone to a potential 8th seed in the Eastern Conference to a complete rebuilding project. The offseason was not too kind to the 76ers, but of course that was by choice. In the eyes of some fans, they made some questionable moves.

It began on draft night when the team traded All Star point guard Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans for an injured rookie center coming out of Kentucky, arguably the biggest name in the draft, Nerlens Noel. A young All Star point guard would essentially be one of the best building blocks you could have, would it not?

Well, apparently the Sixers want to build in a different way. What way? I’m not too sure at the moment. But, their new team campaign is titled “Together We Build.”

For those who may not understand right away, this is code for “Together We Tank.” I mean, after all, this is a team that will feature Jason Richardson as one of more notable veterans.

The Sixers clearly don’t think they’ll win now, therefore it was just fine with them taking a chance on Noel who won’t be ready to play for months still. Getting rid of Holiday was OK for them, because they’re looking to win in the future, thus looking like a team ready to tank for a guy like Andrew Wiggins.

The team’s vision is great – to work toward a future we can all be proud of, that will unite the people of Philadelphia and inspire our youth to achieve more,” Sixers CEO Scott O’Neil said. “We are at the foundation of our plan, but the Sixers will lean on one another as a team, taking the ideas and support of our fans and the passion of Philadelphia to press on toward our ultimate goal.”

Well, that’s nice isn’t it? At least the fans have something to look forward to in, oh let’s say, the year 2018?

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.



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