It was a joyous occasion. Certainly the highlight of this night as far as Philadelphia 76ers fans were concerned was one of the great Sixers of all time, and the greatest little man of all time, Allen Iverson getting his jersey retired and hung up in the rafters.
The No. 3 will never be worn again in Philly. Unfortunately, the Sixers may also not win another game this season. It was yet another embarrassing performance on their home floor in what has become a common theme this season.
The goal was clear from this season’s start. The Sixers and new general manager Sam Hinkie were building toward the future with eyes on a potentially loaded 2014 NBA Draft. Never in my wildest dreams, though, did I think this Sixer team would struggle this much.
You can count the number of true pro talent on the roster with one hand. Right now it is Michael Carter-Williams, Thaddeus Young, Tony Wroten and a bunch of guys trying to prove their niche in this league.
That’s been evident in an atrocious 13-game losing streak and 12-game home losing streak. It is possible the future is bright in Philly. They have the odds on favorite for rookie of the year in Carter-Williams, a potential rim protector that is still on the mend in Nerlens Noel and two lottery picks in 2014.
The future may be bright. The present, however, is painful. Sixer basketball has largely been irrelevant since Iverson left Philly. That hasn’t changed. Hopefully that change happens sooner rather than later.