January 30, 2015

Sixers Draft History: The Real Reason We Didn’t Get Paul Pierce?

Just want to bring this little Sixers draft history tidbit to you guys.  An honest answer straight from the source – Larry Brown as to why they passed on Paul Pierce (and Dirk for that matter) and selected Larry Hughes.  Ugh just painful.

Why the hell would you do that?  What is the benefit of promising a player anything?  And the good guy that Larry Brown is didn’t want to go back on his promise because “it was the right thing to do” for his own personal repuation not for the well being of the Sixers franchise.

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  1. Ryan F says:

    That sucks.

  2. Ryan F says:

    Looking back on their careers, that really sucks.  I didn’t feel nearly as bad believing they actually thought Hughes would be a better player.

  3. 2one5 says:

    I hate Larry Brown with a passion he ran this franchise into the ground than left us high and dry cause the team he built he knew could not compete for a championship. If he had been the coach of the Eagles or the manager of the Phils he would be public enemy #1 in this town imagine if Andy Reid had drained the eagles of any young talent than days after the season was over went to a team that knocked us out of the playoffs. The drafts while Larry was here were terrible. I think Larry Brown is a scumbag plain and simple.

  4. Pete says:


    I was furious with the pick when that happened. Pierce was a huge favorite of mine at Kansas (I’ve since turned on him), and I’ve always wondered what they could have possibly been thinking. Apparently, they were thinking “let’s f*ck ourselves over for no good reason.”
  5. cwither says:

    I have one lonely tear coming down my face right now, wondering what could of been. sniff sniff

  6. bski says:

    Take heart Sixers fans.  In this what-have-you-done-for-me-lately,  dog-eat-dog world of professional sports, where everyone is out for themselves and will do whatever they need to do to get ahead, the Sixers have distinguished themselves as being the most forthright and upstanding organization in the entire NBA, championships be damned.

    Why doesn’t that make me feel any better?

  7. sfw says:

    The real gist of this was not having a player compete with Tim Thomas! Freakin Tim Thomas! Tim solidified that small forward position for how many years? 

  8. dre says:

    hindsight is 20/20 – but it still sucks.

  9. Stu says:

    Hindsight is 20/20, you could do this type of stuff all day.  At least we didn’t draft DARKO or JAY WILLIAMS, as well as the Raptors drafting Rafael Aruejo or whatever that stiff’s name is right before Iggy.

    Just sayin’.

  10. Dannie says:

    Hindsight?  This isn’t hindsight.  This is Larry Brown’s recollection of the exact thought process involved during the time of drafting.  Not something he just came to realize of long after the occurrence which is the definition of hindsight.  He was full aware of the situation as it happened and made the wrong decision.  Again NOT hindsight.

    Hindsight would be “oh they should have drafted Paul Pierce because his career turned out better” regardless if they actually had Hughes rated higher.  That wasn’t the case.  They clearly had Pierce as the better player and didn’t have a contingency plan in place if somehow they got a gift and he/or some other higher rated player dropped to them.  They just said oh well we made this other kid a promise so we will ignore the fact that a player we have ranked much better is now available.  These are all thoughts at the time of drafting, not after.

  11. dre says:

    That’s the coaching equivalent to a doctor’s “God complex”. Larry Brown figured he could coach up anybody.

    It may not be hindsight in the purest form but it is a “what we didn’t know didn’t hurt us” moment. 

  12. Dannie says:

    More like a what “some” didn’t know “might” not have hurt them.  Pete has horrid and vivid memories of exactly where he was and what he was doing when he found out about that draft.

    I think many people either knew or were under the impression the Larry Hughes pick was driven recklessly by Larry Brown already.  This really just confirms it for many and for the curious, answers the “what the hell were you thinking” question many of us had.

    For me I am at peace now.

  13. Stu says:

    got it, sorry, now i better understand the point of the post.   I actually can’t view any videos at work so I should probably do that before commenting.  Need more commentary for those of us who have 99.99% of the internet blocked at work and can’t allow the video to speak for itself…

  14. Dannie says:

    Stu – I apologize that’s for bringing that up.  We will do a better job with a summary with that in mind.  Good idea.

  15. jjg says:

    I beg your pardon, Larry Brown never promised us a Rose Garden:

  16. Morty says:


  17. Morty says:

    no one up to posting about the jjg bait that is igoudala’s paternity suit?

  18. jjg says:

    Morty,  I don’t appreciate your derogatory reference.  You got a comment on Iguodala or any other matter?   Make it.  And own it.  Just don’t tie me into it.  I’ll speak for myself, thank you, when I’m inclined.

  19. jjg says:

    Baited by commonplace story, Morty?  You’re the one soliciting comments, not me.

  20. John Hess says:

    Not for the 76ers you didn’t you idiot.

  21. The Real Rob says:

    The Sixers scheduled a workout with B.J Mullens and Ryan Ayers.

    Does this mean other alternatives for obtaining guards or could this have something to do with a change in the center position?

  22. The Real Rob says:

    I feel a bit iffy on Mullens.

  23. Tom Moore says:

    The irony is that Roy Williams succeeded Brown at Kansas, where he coached Pierce. For years, Brown said they bypassed Pierce because they had Thomas. Of course, Thomas was traded to the Bucks during the following season …