September 26 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“A peculiar mood is surrounding the 76ers this fall.
It’s called optimism.
And it appeared rather quickly.
A few months ago, the city’s NBA franchise seemed trapped inside a falling elevator – no effort could prevent the descent.
Back in February, when the Phillies were just pitchers and catchers – all light workouts and easy stretching – the local basketball team was losing games, losing fans, and losing control.
Now the Phillies are streaking toward the playoffs – all packed stadiums and stacked victories – and the Sixers have reinvented themselves.
From down and out, divided and disastrous, to collected and ready.
On Tuesday at St. Joseph’s University, the Sixers will open training camp for the 2010-11 NBA season. It will be the team’s first official practice since mid-April, although perhaps its first productive practice in a year.
Since careening out of the playoffs and finishing the 2009-10 season with a record of 27-55, the Sixers have a new head coach, three new assistant coaches, six new players, and a new decision-maker in the front office.
While former president and general manager Ed Stefanski has retained the latter part of his title, the reality is that newly hired president Rod Thorn is now making calls about the franchise’s personnel. Thursday’s news release announcing the trade of Willie Green and Jason Smith to the New Orleans Hornets for Craig Brackins and Daruis Songaila came filled with Thorn’s assessment, not Stefanski’s.”
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