When you’ve got no shot (and no clear desire) to win several matches, let alone an NBA title, you’ve got to take solace from the small victories.
On Oct. 22, 13 of the league’s 30 owners voted against a lottery reform plan which would have reduced the chances for teams with the most worst records to snag the absolute best selections. That decision was a bullet dodged for overall director Sam Hinkie’s Sixers and an unexpected one.
According to John Finger of CSNPhilly.com,”lottery reform has been seen as a foregone conclusion” just a day prior to the vote that struck down the plan. The 76ers, of course, were among the most vehement opponents of the possible change, and it is difficult to blame them.
Switching things up in midstream would have had an especially negative impact on their rebuilding plans.
Even though lottery reform is going to likely be revisited again, the Sixers earned a small reprieve.
Oh, and hello, Michael Carter-Williams, reigning Rookie of the Year and last year’s only beacon of hope, finally has a return date from his unusually long recovery after shoulder surgery: Nov. 13, per Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com.
Nerlens Noel resembles a menace in training. Joel Embiid is most likely the best player in his draft class.
Life is filled with wonders.
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