The Sixers actually will be playing the New Jersey Nets while they are healthy. The Sixers were lucky to have faced the Nets twice in the early going with a very limited team missing impact players. That might not be the case today.
Everyone is expected play with Devin Harris being the only possible hold out. He has a wrist injury and has missed the last few games. He could return tonight against the Sixers though and is a game-time-decision.
The Sixers are reeling having lost 3 straight and continue to play losing basketball. That might be why the New York Daily News is reporting this rumor:
The struggling Sixers have been mentioned in the Tracy McGrady sweepstakes, but the bigger rumor involving the team is that ownership wants to clear out president Ed Stefanski and coach Eddie Jordan at the All-Star break. If that’s the case, they’d probably install Tony DiLeo for a second straight season as the interim coach. ~ NY Daily News
Now some may not think this rumor is credible because it was a side note on the NY Daily News website. The obvious question is why wasn’t this reported by the local media.
Well my thought is the local media flat out sucks and rarely scoop something regarding the Sixers. What usually happens is they catch wind of a rumor like this and then start doing their job to research it. Then you usually see them either confirm or refute the rumor. But very rarely are they the initial source of such news.
So for me all this does is add another good storyline to follow for the Sixers because the games are certainly not a story anyone is interested in right now.
We have Iguodala rumors swirling and heating up. We know they are looking to move Dalembert and Brand as well. Maybe even Louis Williams. And now we have this. Stefanski and Eddie Jordan FINALLY on the hot seat if the rumor is accurate.
Add to that the draft and that’s what the season is about for the Sixers at this point. The games are meaningless.
So, while this IS your game thread for tonight, I am sure the trade talk and rumors will dominate the conversation so have at it.