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The Other Side: Philadelphia 76ers

I think there will be a few more fans at Verizon Center tonight. (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

The last time Philadelphia came to Washington, on Nov. 24, Eddie Jordan's return was overshadowed by Abe Pollin's death earlier in the day. The Wizards used the emotion of the evening to propel them to a 108-107 victory. With Jordan back at Verizon Center for the last time this season, the primary story line is that the 76ers and Wizards are two of the three worst teams in the Eastern Conference.

The 76ers (7-20) have the second-worst record in the East, but they have won two of their past four games, including a 98-97 win in Boston last Friday. Here's what else you need to know about the 76ers:

1. Allen Iverson returned to Philadelphia on Dec. 7 after a brief "retirement." But after missing nearly a month, the 34-year-old Iverson is struggling to regain his old form. He's averaged 15.6 points and 4.2 assists in five games but now has to deal with the reality that he is getting older. Iverson has missed the past two games and will be out until Dec. 28 with ... arthritis in his left knee.

2. Louis Williams missed a potential game-winnng jumper as time expired in the last game. But what few knew at the time, Williams had played most of the game with a broken jaw. He will return to the starting lineup in his second game since coming back. In the five games before he was sidelined, Williams averaged 23.6 points, including 26 against the Wizards. In Williams's absence, the 76ers discovered that they might have something special in rookie Jru Holiday.

3. The 76ers have had problems with continuity as Jordan has juggled several different starting lineups. One year after the 76ers lured Elton Brand from Los Angeles with a five-year, $80-million deal, Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy probably didn't expect to see Brand as a sixth man now. Neither did Brand.

By Michael Lee  |  December 22, 2009; 4:58 PM ET
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Like how you selectively remember ever bad deal Grunfeld or Pollin made while conveniently forgetting the good ones,

If someone could they please list any good moves Ernie and/or Abe made? Other than drafting Michael Redd?

And the fact that the guy who couldn't wait to run around screaming "TOLDJA SO! TOLDJA SO! LOOKIT ME! TOLDJA SO!" when the team started losing has the nerve to criticize someone else for noting when they made a right call is the height of ludicrous hypocrisy.

I actually predicated the Wizards (if healthy) could win 44-45 games but would get knocked out in the first round of the playoffs. I can admit I was wrong.

I understand this is a blog and everyone on here is entitled to their opinion and it’s neither right nor wrong it’s just their opinion.

Just because you still think you are in Jr. High hanging out in the AV room playing Dungeon and Dragon’s doesn’t mean you have to hate guys who actually played the game and know basketball.

Was that professor at the same school as the one who did such a lousy job teaching you the principles of business and finance that form the foundation of your massive ignorance and manifest lack of comprehension of the way sports team's operate financially?

If so, that's as strong an argument against tenure as I've ever hear.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 22, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I didn’t take any finance classes, I earned my money the old fashion way, I inherited it. Since my money is in a trust fund I let my accountant and lawyers do that for me.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 22, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: dargregmag | December 22, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Catching up with the "Too early to judge the Wizards?" post, did you notice that, in the photo, Flip is holding his nose?

I wonder why?

Posted by: shovetheplanet | December 22, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

They just said that Foye will start tonight. Most still wanted NY to start but Im just glad to see Foye get more run wether its starting or the bench. The only real reason I dont want him to start is because I want him, NY, and MM to be in the rotation and I know that you cant bring NY & MM off the bench together but we'll see

Posted by: dlts20 | December 22, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

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