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Philadelphia 76ers 2008-09 preseason recap

 

As the city of Philadelphia salivates from the possibility of it’s first major sports title in twenty five years with the Phillies playing in the World Series, they also have the upcoming NBA season to keep hopes alive. After a surprising and strong finish to the 2007-’08 season, making the playoffs and losing to Detroit in six games, the Sixers had a very busy and productive off-season. The city of Philadelphia and fans of the 76ers can anticipate an enjoyable year of exciting pro basketball.

In the June NBA draft the Sixers chose 6’8” Maureese Speights out of Florida with the sixteenth pick. They then signed free agent power forward Elton Brand who almost assures the team will be improved from last year. The team also signed guards Kareem Rush and Royal Ivey, veteran forward Donyell Marshall and former Sixer center Theo Ratliff returns since being traded to Atlanta in 2001 for Dikembe Mutombo. They also re-signed key guard Andre Iguodala and the young, talented guard Louis Williams, who will be an important scorer off the bench. Already having the likes of Willie Green and point guard Andre Miller the team is not lacking depth at the guard positions. In fact, coach Maurice Cheeks may have difficulty distributing the minutes between them. The filling of the low-post positions should allow Center Samuel Dalembert to concentrate more on his specialties of rebounding and blocking shots. The additional scoring options may also allow Dalembert plenty of easy, high percentage shots and give the Sixers a very deep, athletic, and complete team that should contend in the Eastern Conference.

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The keys to the Sixers’ success may rest on whether they can mesh their talents together and stay healthy throughout the season. Though fellow Eastern Conference foes such as the defending NBA Champion Boston Celtics, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors will have their fair say in the outcome of the upcoming season, the Sixers’ fate clearly rests in their own hands.

After decades of crushed hopes the desperately passionate sports fans in the city of brotherly love can once again be proud to cheer on the Sixers in realistic hopes of watching the team play into next May and June. The Sixers open their 2008-2009 season against Toronto on Wednesday, Oct. 29.

 

 

By Jay Lewis
Pro Basketball Fans Philadelphia 76ers Correspondent


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