Oct 8, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Nerlens Noel (4) hangs on the rim after dunking a ball during the second half of a game against the Charlotte Hornets at the Wells Fargo Center. The 76ers defeated the Hornets 106-92. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
In case you hadn’t heard, the Philadelphia 76ers are not going to be good at basketball this year! In fact, they might be really, really bad!
Part of the issue with covering a team that doesn’t have a great chance of winning is that the story lines that can be reported thin out quickly. There’s only so much you can talk about how young players are developing, Joel Embiid’s injury recovery, or the problems with the team’s play. Things just start to repeat and get boring. That’s likely going to happen to the 76ers this year, and there’s several stories that we will get pounded over the head with.
Here are five quick examples of stories just like that, some that will get annoying, and some that already are, from Michael Carter-Williams to tanking.