The final night of the NBA season offered us everything, as I wrote about this morning. But I do mean EVERYTHING.
The tanking gods, otherwise known as the 76ers, took things to a whole new level when it comes to being as obvious as you can be. Philly didn’t care about the outcome of their final game against Miami, but the Heat didn’t either. So, to ensure losing this one, the Sixers were going to have to pull out all the stops.
By all stops, I mean letting their rookies draw up plays during timeouts. It started with Joel Embiid, who is yet to play his first NBA game.
VIDEO: Joel Embiid took over coaching duties during a 76ers timeout #TheTankIsReal http://t.co/kI0agM126P pic.twitter.com/6JrOPse5oQ — Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 16, 2015Next, it was Nerlens Noel’s turn.
Guys NERLENS IS DRAWING UP A PLAY pic.twitter.com/R3J6W4HtQR — Jim Adair (@jimadair3) April 16, 2015And finally, a veteran, Jason Richardson took a turn with the clipboard.
JRich’s turn pic.twitter.com/WuH7SnLnkK — Jim Adair (@jimadair3) April 16, 2015Of course, Joel Embiid (who has become a phenomenon on Twitter throughout his injured rookie season) decided to have some fun with his profile after the game (see photo).
But in all seriousness, this is ridiculous. The Sixers somehow got out-tanked this year by the Timberwolves and Knicks, despite continuously making the shadiest moves. I mean, they traded ALL their NBA caliber players away for draft picks a few years ago. And now, when some of those guys begin to develop, is when you’re suppose to start trying to win again. But not these Sixers. They started trading those developing young players that they drafted away for more picks! I’m looking at you Michael Carter-Williams. But don’t forget about K.J. McDaniels being shipped out this season as well — a second-round steal that was having a strong season for Philly.
The 76ers take tanking to a new level, and every decision they make has been in an attempt to get worse right now. It may not be right, but it is something that the current rules allow, and to an extent, encourage. The real question is how to fix this. But that’s a question for another day. For now let’s just keep laughing at the Sixers.
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