Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Philadelphia 76ers' Tony Wroten, top, goes to the basket past Orlando Magic's Kyle O'Quinn (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, March 2, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
NBA: 76ers freefalling toward league’s worst record
First Published Mar 03 2014 12:56 pm • Last Updated Mar 04 2014 04:25 pm

Philadelphia • Allen Iverson raised his No. 3 to the rafters and had Sixers’ fans raising the roof.

For one night in Philadelphia, the spirit of a big game was back, from the four-figure ticket prices on the secondary market to the packed house that roared for legends Julius Erving and Moses Malone, and chanted "MVP!" when Iverson thanked the fans.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

The crowd was electric — then the Sixers pulled the plug.

By the fourth quarter, most of the 20,856 fans fled the Wells Fargo Center, the memories of Iverson’s homecoming trumping the idea of sticking around to watch the home team limp toward another loss. The few that remained only cheered when the Sixers scored 100 points, netting them some free fast food.

Coach Brett Brown loved Saturday’s atmosphere that was pulled straight from 2001.

"You think, ‘What can happen if we ever get this right?’" he said.

Can they?

The Sixers (15-45) have been every bit as bad as their preseason billing, and have lost 14 straight games following back-to-back defeats last weekend to Washington and Orlando. They’ve lost 12 straight at home and are freefalling their way toward catching Milwaukee (11-47) for the worst record in the NBA. They had allowed 100-plus points in 13 straight games before Sunday, their longest single-season streak since 1989.

Iverson, one of the 76ers’ all-time greats, has tuned out the Sixers as if they were a coach talking about practice.

"It’s hard for me to watch Sixers basketball games," Iverson said, "so I don’t."

story continues below
story continues below

Toss out rookie Michael-Carter Williams, injured rookie Nerlens Noel, and veteran Thaddeus Young and the Sixers are left with a roster more fitting for the D-League. Henry Sims? Jarvis Varnado? Byron Mullens?

Brown was blunt after the Sixers’ 13th straight loss when asked if he wondered if the Sixers would win another game.

"All the time," he said, "I tell them that."

The Sixers are closing in on the longest single-season losing streak in team history, per STATS LLC.

— 20 straight; Jan. 9, 1973-Feb. 11, 1973.

— 15 straight; Feb. 9, 1994-March 11, 1994

— 14 straight; Dec. 7, 1972-Jan. 6, 1973

— 14 straight; Jan. 31, 2014-present.

Up next, Tuesday night at Western Conference-leading Oklahoma City.

Does anyone hear 15?

Of course, the plan set all along this season by ownership and general manager Sam Hinkie was to gut the roster until the uncompetitive franchise was pointed straight toward the No. 1 draft pick. The Sixers traded former No. 2 overall pick Evan Turner, forward Lavoy Allen and center Spencer Hawes at the deadline to dump salary, create roster space, and gobble draft picks in hopes of building a championship contender down the road.

Next Page >

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.