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This Starts Now-ish
In what just might be one of the worst cases of bad timing ever seen, last Tuesday the Sixers announced to the world via an email to season ticket holders their new slogan, “This Starts Now”. Replacing the “Together We Build” mantra the Sixers have been using since last season, the new slogan is seen as a way to get fans excited for next year and to buy season tickets.
Which was all well and good. It even included the great graphic you can see above, with Joel Embiid, Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel all featured very prominently. Fans seemed to like the new slogan since it embraced the fact that the Sixers were getting better and were almost ready to turn the corner.
Until Thursday and the trade deadline.
With both Carter-Williams and K.J. McDaniels now gone, folks have already started calling the rest of the 2014-15 season Tank 2.5, since it seems like Sam Hinkie has once again hit the reset button and forced the Sixers and their fans to get used to the idea of losing yet again.
Maybe “This Starts Later” would have been more accurate.
For the first time in two years, guard Jason Richardson has stepped onto the hardwood and played basketball. Only recently starting to take part in five-on-five scrimmages, Richardson joined the Sixers starting lineup on Friday against the Indiana Pacers where he scored seven in 18 minutes of action and received a great ovation from the fans.
Richardson also had an airball for the ages that showed just some of the rust on his game from being inactive for so long.
Richardson is in the last year of his contract and the odds are he won’t be with the Sixers after this season. But just to see him on the court and playing after such a long, arduous road back is something to celebrate and respect.
The Sixers are getting new uniforms
Lost among all the trade deadline hoopla and drama was the announcement that the 76ers would be getting new uniforms next season. Revealed via a video, it was released on the same day as the ill-fated “This Starts Now” slogan.
A new look isn’t the worst idea ever. After the Season of Tanking, Tank 2.0 and Tank 2.5, I’m sure fans will appriciate a break from the past and a new identity to go with the rebuilt team and, hopefully, all those championship banners that will be hanging from the rafters of the Wells Fargo Center.
As always, I leave you with you Sixers Dancers, who I’m surprised Hinkie didn’t try to trade for a second-round pick at the deadline.
See you next Sunday.