So FanSided NBA is doing a project where we break down the top 10 moments in the year 2012. So, this would include the 2011-12 season as well as this current season. Obviously, we’ll be covering the 76ers. Oh you didn’t know? Well, now you do.
They say knowledge is power or some crap. Whatever.
I’ll be doing images because why not? Naw but I’m actually very busy and as you may have noticed, I haven’t done my rankings or anything in a couple of weeks. But, that all ends today. Finals are over. My church’s Christmas cantata (in which I was lighting director) is over. So I have free time again. Anyway, I will do more posts like this for the rest of the month as well as seeing if any of the rest of the staff would like to share their top 10 whatevers.
I’m calling you out staff!
#10 New Ownership takes over:
I’m struggling to find ten things so this will have to do. Led by Josh Harris, the new owners of the Philadelphia 76ers started things off dealing with a lockout. They made some front office changes while negations carried on. Then, they reached out the fans by creating a site where they claim they take suggestions from the fans and read each one. One major thing that happened as a result of that was the Sixers’ mascot Hip-Hop was finally put to rest. We had a field day relating Hip-Hop’s death to the song. One moment I remember in 2012 was when they had a commercial during the Super Bowl. Of course, it was more of a local commercial but still. The new ownership team has spent a great deal of spreading the word out that the Sixers do exist and I just don’t remember seeing a Sixers commercial during a Super Bowl. Sadly, their enthuiasm and “dollar dog” and “FREE BIG MACS” will not bring as much people as they are hoping for. Folks are still concerned about the actual roster. Still, ownership has greatly improved everything else so once the Sixers do become elite, welp, the entire organization will be great.
#9 A winning record:
I actually don’t have strong feelings for this one. I am 100% convinced if the Sixers had 82 games last season, with the way they were playing towards the end, they would’ve had a losing record. But, in the record books, they will have their first winning season since 2004-05 season. That’s quite a while. But we were close. Starting in the 07-08 season, the Sixers had these records: 40-42, 41-41, 27-55 (you can guess what year that was), 41-41 and then last year they had their winning record.
# 8 The Night Shift:
Ah The Night Shift. This is one of those it started in 2011 but it did carry into 2012. Really, only four games of last season were in 2011 so yeah this is a 2012 event. The Night Shift was the best bench in the league. Period. I mean, the team leading scorer was coming off the bench. This was bench was serious. Not so much anymore but the idea was that we weakened the bench in favor of a terrible starting 5 by adding Andrew Bynum. So much for that. RIP Night Shift.
# 7 Making the playoffs:
I put it down so low on the list because quite frankly, I was and am still somewhat against the Sixers making the playoffs. Still, anytime you return to the playoffs after 5+ years of missing the mark, you’re doing something right I guess. And then they made a trill out of things although they wouldn’t have even stood a chance if Rose was healthy. Still, playoff basketball was back in Philly.
#6 Chet Walker makes the Hall of Fame
Chet was one of the players from the Syracuse Nationals days (only one season) and won the championship as a key player on what is still considered one of the greatest teams to take the court in 1966-67. He played 7 years with the Sixers. He’ll be joining teammates Wilt, Hal Greer, and Billy Cunningham from that same year (1966-67) in the HOF.