By now, you’ve probably heard that Elton Brand is done for the year. This couldn’t be a worse development, no matter how you slice it. For those of you who don’t think he can fit into the Sixers’ style and want to see him traded – well, that’s out now, isn’t it? For those of you who think we need to give him more time for evaluation – irrelevant, now isn’t it? And for those who think that Brand can fit with this team and make it much better – guess you’ll have to wait until next year to find out, huh?
Excuse me – just a case of the Sports Depression. My first relapse since the NFC Championship Game.
What is it with the Sixers terrible luck in either trading for guys, or bringing in free agents? Will we mention Elton Brand in the same breath as (gasp)…Chris Webber someday?
The funny thing is, this probably won’t affect the Sixers out on the court that much. And we’ll really get a chance to see Speights in action. But you can say goodbye to getting any value for Brand in a trade next year – now, he’s injury prone. Plus, what do you do with Andre Miller? Keep him until the end of the year and risk losing him come free agency? For what, a possible first round playoff exit like last year?
Forgive the bleak nature of my words – I just heard the news. And this is really, really bad news, at least in my opinion. I can’t hear the buzz that was hovering above this team before the season, not anymore. And I’m certainly not sensing the potential to do anything beyond what this team did last year.
Which is better than nothing, of course. But it falls short of what we all thought could be coming into this season.
But maybe, just maybe, this Sixers team will somehow rally around this. Maybe they’ll say, “Hey, the big free agent went down, and now nobody thinks we can do anything. We’ll show them!” Probably not. More likely, they’ll think, “Well, we were doing alright without him when he was injured – I guess we’ll just keep on doing what we’re doing now.”
Which is probably the right attitude to have, anyway.
It will be interesting to see how they respond. It has been a tough couple of days for this Sixers team. Two tough losses, and now this. They say bad things come in threes – maybe their luck will start to shift, who knows? Guess we’ll see when they take on the Pacers this evening.