The Philadelphia 76ers rebuilding process has been criticized and talked about by just about everyone, but one person who hasn’t publicly said much is commissioner Adam Silver, at least until now. Of course, we could easily guess what Silver’s opinion was, but now he’s on the record talking about it, and he’s not that fond of it.
In addition to that, Allen Iverson is on the Hall of Fame ballot.
Here’s all the morning news you need to know.
Philly imprint on Basketball Hall of Fame nominees — Philly.com
Is the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame ready for Allen Iverson? Iverson is eligible this year and it’s impossible to imagine a Basketball Hall of Fame without such a generational iconic player. The former Sixers great leads the list of eligible first-time nominees along with Shaquille O’Neal. A selection committee will make their choices and announce them the weekend of the Final Four. From the list of nominees, the Hall of Fame could stick to Philly connections alone and put together a pretty impressive class.
The 76ers are 38-156 over the last three seasons, including 1-28 this year. There is perception that the 76ers’ strategy is to lose games to get the top pick in the NBA draft. Silver said attitudes around the league about using that approach are changing. He cited the New York Knicks‘ success this season with Kristaps Porzingis, the fourth overall pick in June’s draft. “You remember at the end of last season, when the Knicks won a couple of those [late] games, how critical the marketplace was at them, saying, ‘Well, what are you guys doing? You should be losing those games at the end of the season and give yourselves a better chance at the lottery?'” Silver said. “I mean, maybe [Porzingis] is a once-in-a-generation player. And they got him at the fourth pick. So that only goes to how difficult it is to make these predictions and why a strategy designed to be at the very bottom of the league may not ultimately make the most sense.” Silver also said any discussions about potentially reforming the draft lottery will likely resume before the new collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players is negotiated, driven by the increase in the salary cap this summer.
Embiid’s Approach Different by “Leaps and Bounds” — Sixers.com
Embiid was loose on Monday, joking around with players and coaches alike. He seemed to be particularly pleased when, while standing at halfcourt with his back to the bucket, he sunk an over-the-shoulder shot. Brown has observed a key area of growth in Embiid, saying “Mentally, leaps and bounds. Let’s just start there. I just know that what I see, just a committed, hopeful athlete. He sees that he’s doing the right thing. He feels like he’s doing the right thing. He is doing the right things. And so, I just see somebody that’s got that edge where he wants to get going again. I think mentally, it’s night and day from talking to him at this time December of last year.”