After wandering the desert for several years (who’s counting?) during The Process, the 76ers are perhaps the hottest team in the NBA now. They have won their last 15 games and are going to host a playoff series. Joel Embiid is an All-NBA center and Ben Simmons is probably Rookie of the Year, plus projects to be a multi-time All-Star.
But is declaring The Process a victory presumptive? Other NBA teams like the Pacers, Blazers and Jazz have taken different rebuilding paths and are experiencing similar successes to the 76ers without having gone through the extreme tanking. Or is the morale boost and enjoyment of this season worth it for Philadelphia fans as a satisfying first step? Should all of us non-Philly fans just shut up and let them have this moment, for enduring not just the losing but the years of pompous finger-wagging from critics and skeptics?
To answer these questions and to talk about the 76ers’ chances in the playoffs, Max Rappaport (@maxontwitter) joins the latest episode of Fastbreak Breakfast. Max hosts the Stepover Podcast and defends the boisterousness of Philly fans and addresses the following topics:
- What are the best, realistic hopes for a playoff run?
- How important is winning their first round series to continue the growth (and validation) of the franchise?
- Did Simmons purposely sit out while healthy at the end of last season to be able to win Rookie of the Year this season?
- Any tips for starting a successful Lottery Party?
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