One of the best players in Philadelphia 76ers history, Julius Erving, is very disappointed and “hurt” to see what his beloved team has become. The 2015-16 76ers are currently 9-67 and are on pace to tie the worst record in NBA history held by the same franchise from the 1972-73 season.
“It hurts to see the franchise down. We want to be associated with a winning team. We’ve got to take crap from other retired players from teams that are winning right now. Then we have to remind them how we used to beat up on them in our day. It’s a little bit back and forth. There’s bragging rights. We’d like for the Sixers to help us get some bragging rights,” Erving told the Associated Press.
The 76ers have only six games remaining in the season starting on Saturday against the Indiana Pacers. Their best chance to get their tenth win is on April 6 versus the Anthony Davis-less New Orleans Pelicans.
Philadelphia will also face the New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors and Chicago Bulls to finish the regular season. However, it should be noted that the Sixers are 0-14 this season against the six teams mentioned.
If Philadelphia loses all of those games, they will end up with a 9-73 record. Nevertheless, it’s a part of general manager Sam Hinkie’s “Trust the Process” that allows the team to have the best chance of getting the first overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.
The 2016 draft class is headlined by two potential franchise players, Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram. Both can follow the footsteps of Julius Erving and try to make the Philadelphia 76ers great again.
“Dr. J” played in Philadelphia for 11 seasons and led the team to an NBA championship in 1983. He was named NBA MVP in 1981 and is considered one of the greatest players to ever play the game. He also paved the way for the modern NBA in terms of endorsements and shoe deals.
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