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News » Philadelphia 76ers Getting Inside 2008-06-14

Philadelphia 76ers Getting Inside 2008-06-14

Philadelphia 76ers Getting Inside 2008-06-14
The Sixers want to and need to add talent. Their biggest hole is at power forward, where they crave somebody capable of scoring on the block. The Sixers can also use a perimeter shooter and a backup point guard.

But the $11 million that team president Ed Stefanski has to spend on free agency or use in a trade, as well as the 16th pick in the draft, might not be enough to address all three areas. One option is to forget about the shooter -- at least for now -- and hope that current Sixers Rodney Carney, Lou Williams and Willie Green can pick up the slack. Another is to consider acquiring a disgruntled player, such as the Knicks' Zach Randolph, in an effort to get a good financial deal. Randolph, who is on the trading block as New York switches to a running style, could only cost the Sixers a player with a lesser salary, since they are $11 million below the salary cap.

"There's no question you have to make changes," Stefanski said. "People shy away from changes; I don't. I think changes are good."

On the other hand, one of the reasons the Sixers were a surprise playoff qualifier was team chemistry. The players all got along and felt they had an equal say in everything, which was a big change from the 10-and-a-half years that Allen Iverson was a Sixer. Adding a star or high-maintenance player could jeopardize the chemistry.

"It's always something you have to think about," Stefanski said. "You never know when you make change what's going to happen with the chemistry. The chemistry this year was terrific. We hit the perfect storm on how this all came together from where everyone thought we were going to be to where we ended up."

SEASON HIGHLIGHT: Beating the NBA-leading Celtics 95-90 on March 24 in Beantown. That come-from-behind victory gave the young Sixers a big confidence boost in a month that also featured road wins over the Suns and Pistons as well as a home victory over the Spurs.

TURNING POINT: A five-game winning streak -- all at home -- going into the All-Star break got the Sixers started on a 19-5 stretch that turned them from a lottery team to a playoff team in the Eastern Conference. They dispatched three losing teams, the Wizards and the Mavericks to begin establishing a home-court advantage that produced 12 victories in 13 games at the Wachovia Center.

Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: June 14, 2008


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