If at first you don’t succeed try and try……and try, again
Finally, the civilians and fans in Philadelphia can breathe a huge sigh of relief. Prayers were answered and the basketball gods finally stepped and lead the 76ers towards their 1st win of the 2014-2015 season. Last night, Philly defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 85-77 in front of fans at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Leading the way for the 76ers was last year’s Rookie Of The Year Michael Carter Williams who had 20 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists and forward Robert Covington also contributing, finishing with 17 points. With this win, the 76ers avoided tying the 2008-2009 New Jersey Nets for the worst regular season start in NBA history. Philly coach Brett Brown expressed such relief as he praised his young team’s performance, saying:
We feel like this validates the work they’ve put in. I just have a tremendous amount of respect for the fact that they never once quit on themselves, short-circuited a practice, and they were rewarded tonight.
The win was a much needed confidence booster as the fans were quickly growing frustrated and impatient with the young gunners. This season many have made bold and sarcastic statements regaridng the sixers horrible play referring to them as “college basketball’s #1 ranked team,” or implying that the University of Kentucky Wildcats would be favorites against the squad from Philly if they were to suit up and play against one another. One huge supporter of that belief was former Wildcat guard and current Phoenix Sun point guard Eric Bledsoe, who flaunted his alma mater in a very arrogant style to the media, displaying some clear disrespect to the players who represented city of the brotherly love. Well now the love can spread and hopefully be encourage to the Sixers as they avoided being in the history book for all the wrong reasons. The win was so major that Sixers icon and living legend Allen Iverson shouted out the team via twitter.
Congrats lil homies. Keep fighting and stay strong #Sixer4Life
— Allen Iverson (@alleniverson) December 4, 2014
With 64 games left in the season, let’s just see how Williams can rejuvenate this squad to a couple of upset wins in the Eastern Conference. The former Orangemen has been on a tear averaging nearly 20 PPG, 10 RPG and 10 APG within the teams last 4 games. Along with the youngest roster in NBA history, the future could end up shining very bright for the baby Sixers. The team’s struggling wounds are open scars to the fans and media but as time progresses, their losing ways could eventually be looked as lessons learned.
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-Omari White (@SmooveGuyO)