The Philadelphia 76ers are the laughingstock of the NBA today. The team has not made the postseason since 2012 and has essentially tanked every season since. One of the team’s top draft picks from 2014, former Kansas center Joel Embiid, has yet to even play an NBA game due to a foot injury. Needless to say, longtime San Antonio Spurs coach and probably the best coach in the game, Gregg Popovich, wants no part of that team.
Speaking to reporters after last night’s win over the Sixers, who just happen to be coached by his close friend Brett Brown, Popovich said that he would last about one month with the Sixers because he couldn’t handle the situation there. Oddly enough, he praised Brown for sticking with the team.
“I’d last about a month,” Popovich said. “And he, honest to God, loves coaching that team.”
Even a month sounds generous, coming from Popovich. Save for former Duke star and rookie center sensation Jahlil Okafor, who is averaging 19.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game, and fellow big man Nerlens Noel, the Sixers may as well be a D-league team that should consider themselves lucky to be part of the NBA family at all. One can only imagine how the fans feel about the team’s performance over the past few years.
That said, though Popovich could easily turn that team around with full control of the roster and front office, it’s a very safe bet that he won’t be leaving San Antone any time soon.
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