Lebron James threw in the towel, quit, then asked for a restart with cheat codes, three different times. In the NBA it matters how many titles you win but it also matters how they’re won. Gary Payton won a title with Miami in 2006, it isn’t seen the same as if he would have won in 1996 with Seattle.
So many fans want to point out that James went to 9 NBA Finals. Not that it matters to be the last to lose but he accomplished this feat by leaving his circumstance. Abandoning ship just as it was sinking. Taking all the life jackets with him. Changing teams when things go bad and forming superteams isn’t what a GOAT would do.
Lebron James threw in the towel, quit, then asked for a restart with cheat codes 3 times
What if Kobe Bryant went to San Antonio in the summer of 2004. How many rings are we talking about Kobe having and where would it rank him overall?
After 2004 the Lakers didn’t have a good team at all. They were bad but Kobe signed a new contract with HIS team anyway. From 2005-2007 Kobe was in his individual prime as an athlete. I don’t just say that because his scoring supports it, even though it does. Fans now-a-days think stats are a tell-all on who a player was.
His 2 top scoring seasons were 2006 and 2007 but that was because he was playing with Smush Parker and Kwame Brown. What was he going to pass them the ball, come on now.
A player who wants and works to be great, his best years are from 27-32, give or take a year or two. It’s when the mental meets the physical game, equipped with experience and knowledge.
Bryant had some great moments in these lean years. In 2005 the Lakers won 34 games. In 2006 the season Kobe dropped his historic 81 points, L.A took the offensive juggernaut that was the Phoenix Suns to a game 7 in the 1st round of the playoffs.
Bryant lifted his team onto his shoulders and took them as far as a single player could. My point he didn’t leave and create a superteam. Kobe wouldn’t do that because he wanted to beat these guys. The opponents he went to war with for close to a decade by 2007. The Kevin Garnett’s and Tim Duncan’s of the league.
It wasn’t until the 2007-08 season that Bryant started to get fed up and publicly talked about being traded from Los Angeles. This isn’t what he wanted. What he wanted to do is let the franchise know he expected help after more than 3 years of putting in work just to make the Lakers substandard.
The Lakers acquired Pau Gasol from Memphis during the 2008 season. The new look Lakers went from limited and barely average to the top of the western conference, winning 57 games and losing to Boston in the NBA Finals.
When Kobe Bryant re-signed with the Lakers in 2004 he easily could have joined many title contending teams.Kobe just wasn’t built that way. The titles he could have won wouldn’t have held the same historic importance or merit the same significance that Bryant’s last 2 rings hold.
Lebron has an advantage in rebounding and passing along with size. No one had ever been the size of a power forward with the game of a point guard until Lebron James. Only Ben Simmons possesses the same skillset as James in terms of size and athleticism.
Lebron James has had some historic moments and seasons.
In 2006 James was clutch in his first playoff series vs. Washington. In 2007 he led Cleveland to the Finals and in 2008 had a historic game 7 against Paul Pierce and the eventual champion Boston Celtics. James was on the rise at this point. James was earning respect the way the legends before him did. Lebron was in the early process of becoming the best 3 ever.
I believe Lebron should have made the finals when the Cavs lost in 6 games to Dwight Howard, Hedo Turkolgu and the Magic. In 2010 I’m not sure what happened. I assume he had moved on from Cleveland before the actual season ended.
This means more to history, the player, and the fans in the end. Lebron left Miami the same way he left Cleveland after the 2014 season. When Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh’s careers as superstars were in jeopardy Lebron abandoned ship again.
So Many Players could have done this if they did what James did
So many players could have done what Lebron did, if they did what Lebron did. It’s an acccomplishment I guess to lose 6 out of 9 NBA Finals. It means you’ve won 3 titles. A 4th should be on the way for Los Angeles. After connecting with Anthony Davis, the best player James ever connected with.
Really though, so what. What would his career look like if he never left Miami? That’s me accepting the 1st super team.
None of this puts Lebron James anywhere near Michael Jordan as a champion. He could become the NBA’s all time scorer that’s great, it’s impressive but when he accomplishes this he will have spent over half his life in the NBA.
Lebron could have 8 rings and it doesn’t put him up there with Michael Jordan because of how he did it. Many players could do what he did if they quit and restarted again every few years.
It make James the best small forward ever and a top 5 player all-time but because of his methods, Lebron is the best 3 ever and nothing more.
Both players were in the final year of their current contracts when they came to Philadelphia. Butler was making 20.5M and Harris 14.8M for 2019.
The Sixers had to give up alot of assets to acquire these two upcoming free agents. Players and draft picks were sacrificed in acquiring two players that could leave at the end of the season. I personally found this somewhat troubling since The Golden State Warriors were a juggernaut and I didn’t think Philly could beat them.
If The Warriors didn’t suffer the injuries that they did no one would have beaten them. I guess being the first team to play in 5 straight NBA Finals since the expanded playoff structure caught up with them.
After defeating The Brooklyn Nets in 5 games of the opening round of the playoffs, Philly set their sites on The Toronto Raptors and Kawhi Leonard in The Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.
Kawhi Leonard did his best Michael Jordan impersonation in game 1, leading The Raptors to a victory with 45 points and 11 rebounds.
The Sixers had a 19 point lead in the 2nd quarter of game 2 only to watch the Raptors come back within a basket but Toronto never took the lead. They came close quite a few times as Philly’s players seemed shell shocked and their body language as a whole screamed beaten.
That is except one player. One player played with all the toughness and heart you can hope for as a fan. He didn’t care what Toronto did because he wasn’t gonna let them take the lead, not in this game. Everytime The Raptors came close Jimmy Butler answered back.
There isn’t any one aspect of Jimmy Butler’s game that is elite but he is solid in all aspects of his game. His game is a complete game. Jimmy’s doesn’t have any weaknesses physically or mentally.
He can shoot, rebound, pass, put the ball on the floor, he leads by example, and Jimmy is tough. Butler is very tough both mentally and physically.
Butler decided he didn’t want to be with The Sixers because of the way things were being ran. He stated that he didn’t know who was in charge in Philly.
This is when the dense, imbecilic decisions of Elton Brand started The Process of putting together what has become The Sixers core through 2023
Trust the Process
In 2018 the Sixers made their first playoff appearance since 2012. Led by All-Star center Joel Embiid and Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons, the team who asked Philadelphia to trust the process won 52 games in 2017-18. It was the Sixers first 50 win season since 2001.
We all trusted the process and now it was finally beginning to pay off. The Sixers defeated the Miami Heat in 5 games to advance to the East Semi-Finals where they fell to a playoff tested Boston Celtics team.
The lean years of the process was meant to give the Sixers elite talent via the draft and it worked. With a payroll just over 100M and draft picks to spare, 76ers basketball looked bright for years to come. It really did, thank you Elton Brand.
Jimmy decided he would be taking his talents to South Beach. Elton Brand signed and traded Butler to Miami and received 26 year old Josh Richardson in return.
Before South Beach, Elton Brand acquired Jimmy Butler in November 2018. Selected to 4 All-Star at the time of the trade, Jimmy was selected to a fifth All-Star Game in 2020 as a member of The Heat. Jimmy was brought to Philadelphia to help the young Sixers take the next step and go from up and coming team to legit title contender.
Jimmy Butler did what he was brought to Philly to do. When it mattered the most he took The Sixers and put them on his back. Unfortunetly his stint was short lived. A bad relationship with recently fired head coach Brett Brown and the franchise not making him feel vital to the teams future after the season ended caused Jimmy to quickly seek a new home.
Raptors were champions-SO THAT MEANS
The Toronto Raptors won the NBA championship against the hobbled G.S Warriors. That is just a fact.
Philly lost game 7 against Toronto on a buzzer beater which means if the Sixers win that game in overtime they would have won the championship too?
The Sixers definitely could have won the title but in the conference finals the Raptors didn’t face an inferior opponent. The 60 win top seeded Milwaukee Bucks were on tap. The Raptors lost the first 2 games in Milwaukee and then in game 3 were down before coming back to win the game in double-overtime, avoiding a 3-0 hole.
Could the Sixers have defeated the Bucks?
Of course they could have won against Milwaukee and went to the NBA Finals but it isn’t a foregone conclusion like many fans and media in Philadelphia led themselves to believe.
Toronto beat an injured Golden State, SO
When Kevin Durant returned to action the Raptors were ahead 3-1 in the NBA Finals. He scored 11 points in a single quarter before tearing his achilles tendon.
If the Warriors were playing the Sixers, when Durant came back it would have been in a different arena. Toronto had homecourt vs. Golden State. The Warriors would have had the homecourt advantage against Philadelphia.
Let’s say Durant tears his achilles anyway for arguments sake. Klay Thompson was hot in game 6 and the NBA record books will tell you when Thompson is hot, he’s as on as a player can be.
The Warriors would have forced a game 7 after everything if Klay didn’t tear his ACL in game 6. Would either injury have happened against a different opponent in a different arena?
Your point,What’s this have to do with Elton Brand?
Following the 2019 playoffs the climate surrounding the Sixers, in Philly, on social media, and from the media was that this was a team that was ready to win a title now.
Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris were unsigned but at this point it didn’t seem to matter. No matter what happens the feeling was the Sixers are title contenders. The Sixers GM should have known better. Thank You Elton Brand.
Nevermind that without Butler there is no game 7. Given the mental temperament of some of the players on the Sixers I’m not sure if game 6 would have happened without Jimmy.
You Don’t Lose Your Best Player and Get Better
Don’t mistake it Jimmy Butler was the Sixers best player. He might not be the most talented player and when all is said and done he may not have the best career of all the players on the 2019 Sixers but in 2019 he was absolutely the 76ers best player.
In 2020 this would have remained true. Look at what Jimmy is doing with the Heat.
“What about Joel Embiid”, you ask.
What about him. He was barely present for the 2019 playoffs, that is when he actually was present.
Jimmy Butler leaves for South Beach and the 76ers get a consolation prize in Josh Richardson. What should have happened next was a time of reflection and planning. What happened was Elton Brand acted with complete recklessness.
The only way to interpret what Brand did was that he was listening to all the talk about the Sixers being title contenders. He got in lieu of a better word, scared. A GM or coach who is pressured by the media or fans to do something shouldn’t have a chance to continue working that job. Any great general manager or coach will tell you as much.
He signed Al Horford to a 4 year $109M contract with $97M guaranteed. Thank You Elton Brand
WTF Fire Elton Brand Posthaste!!!!
I remember the second I first heard Al Horford signed his Sixers contract. Usually it takes a few seconds to digest news like that but not this news. My answer was a sinking feeling and then a single thought.
Fire Elton Brand Immediately!
The Fans reaction to this
I’ve written articles where I predict things for example if Luka Doncic doesn’t go #1 in the draft teams will regret it and personal from the teams that pass on him will be fired.
I never received a completely negative reaction before. Some people may disagree with my thoughts but we talk it out in a cival manner. No one agreed with me on Al Horford.
The calmest reaction I received was a guy tried to tell me Embiid and Horford will be like Duncan and Robinson. My answer to that was even in his prime the only thing Tim Duncan and Al Horford had in common was skintone.
I wasn’t prepared for this reaction. How could every single person not understand. I still got the posts from reddit. Check them out.
Fans say now that they were on social media expressing the same emotions I was but I didnt see any. Anyway here it is
Al Horford never was a difference maker. In Boston he averaged about 13.5 -7.0 -4.5 and those numbers are generosity rounded up. What Brand did was give him about $2M for every point he averaged in Boston. Thank You Elton Brand. Danny Ainge, the Celtics GM wasn’t even interested in bringing Horford back. Ainge didn’t even make an offer.
Tobias Harris on the other hand is a nice player. He can make a difference on a team. Ideally as an excellent 3rd option. He is what he is. Tobias averages just around 20 points per game.
Elton Brand’s 2nd Mistake
When The 76ers traded for Tobias Harris he was making $14.8M in the final year of his contract. Keeping Harris if you would have asked me I would have said “definitely try to keep him”.
$18-23M a years for 2-3 years would have been a good signing.
In the last year of his contract Harris will be making $41M. Tobias Harris has never been an All-Star and most likely never will be but he’s getting paid like a future 1st ballot HOFer.
Al Horford and Tobias Harris alone will receive $277 Million guaranteed against the cap. These are both unmovable contracts.
These contracts are a death sentence. Paying this much of the payroll percentage to players that don’t quantify the cost is what has rendered the New York Knicks irrelevant for the last 20 years.
Thank You Elton Brand.
What Elton should have done
What Elton Brand should have done after Jimmy Butler decided to kick rocks is not spend the money unless it was on 1-2 year contracts.
The fans and media wouldn’t have liked this. They would have sent alot of negative energy at Brand and the franchises willingness to spend money but when a big time difference making free-agent was available Philly would have been a player.
Now they can’t move on any elite player. They could be so far into the luxury tax that they may even forfeit their mid-level exception. Thank You Elton Brand.
What a capable team builder would have done is sit on the money. Elton didn’t have a chance at a championship in 2020. Title aspirations were just a city created mirage after Butler left.
The 76ers were never the title contenders they were believed to be. I don’t say this in hindsight I knew before the season started and I wrote about it.
If you read some of the reddit posts in response to me saying fire Elton Brand you can see people saying that if The Sixers didn’t spend the money it would go away. One person said when Ben Simmons extension came the money would be gone, this is idiocy.
It was never about this season to me. My problem was with 2-3 years from the signings. The Sixers put their money in all the wrong places.
They weren’t winning now with the roster they assembled. Elton Brand needed to be patient and hold off until the right player was available, even if that was a year or two away.
It’s the GM’s job to look at the big picture and factor in the next few years even if the fanbase doesn’t like it. If you’re an aging team with its window closing that changes somewhat but you still wouldn’t do what Elton did. Now Tobias and Horford will stop Philly from making any significant moves until 2024-25.
Thank You Elton Brand
Patience is a Virtue
Patience is a virtue and Elton Brand exhibited absolutely none. My question is did he know what he was doing but just appeased the city and where they thought the team was going or is he just completely incompetant?
The Sixers lost their best player and their best shooter in JJ Reddick. I couldn’t understand why people thought they were going to be better in 2020 than they were in 2019. The 76ers weren’t a great shooting team with Reddick and Butler.
Brandon Ingram and Bogdan Bogdanovic are both restricted.
None of these players will be Sixers because of the cap and Elton Brand not understanding it. Anthony Davis of course is in a league of his own but a player like Bertans would have been a really good addition.
Then again Brand probably would have given him $300 Million and screwed it up.
2021 has a great free-agent class that will begin with Giannis but it won’t matter either for Sixers fans.
Right now less than a week since getting swept in the bubble, the Sixers salaries for the next 2 seasons are over $147M. The cap is projected at $115M in 2021 with a threshold of $139M. Simply meaning that the Sixers today are into the luxury-tax for the next 3 years without doing anything.
Tobias will be the highest paid player on the Sixers until just before 2024-25. Horford will barely be making less than Embiid and Simmons until 2023.
Horford is unmovable for next 2 seasons. In the final year of his contract in 2023 he is only guaranteed $14M. Meaning that a bad team could take on the money in exchange for a Sixers 1st round pick.
In 2022 Harris will be making $36M followed by almost $38.5M and ending at almost $41M in the final year of his current deal prior to 2025. No one in their right mind(thank you Elton Brand) is going to take this contract and only one person would have made it. Did I thank Elton Brand already?
Moving Joel Embiid is a possibility. He is one of the 4 big contracts the 76ers have that consumes their payroll. The problem here is Joel has had alot of injury concerns and health troubles. There is most likely buyers out there for Embiid who will take a gamble as the Sixers did when they traded for Andrew Bynum.
The problem with trading Embiid is I highly doubt you can get the value he is worth in return. Joel could get hurt again and someday he will get injured and never be the same player again.
Does someone think that they could win before this happens? There are teams but any draft picks received will likely be towards the end of the 1st round and any players wouldn’t equal his talent when healthy.
The team trading for Embiid would be looking to pair him with one or more elite players. No one is just going to exchange stars with the Sixers.
In the end Philadelphia would free up about $30M a year and it would enable them to pursue an elite free-agent but the Sixers won’t receive what Joel is worth.
Ben simmons is the Sixers best asset they have based on trade value. The former 1st overall pick is one of the NBA’s best defenders and likely to win a defensive player of the year award within the next few years.
Ben Simmons is a 6’10 point guard who moves like a player that’s 6’3 but hasn’t developed a jumpshot yet. Lebron James came in the league with a skillset that no one ever had before him. The size of a grown man, a small forward in a power forward’s body.
If Simmons develops a jump shot he is the closest thing to Lebron that there is and has a chance to be the best player in the world. If anyone thinks saying that is going to far he’s a 2x All-Star now. He’s an NBA guard without the ability to shoot and still is amongst the best in the game.
If Ben Simmons learns to shoot well enough to keep defenses honest in the playoffs everything changes. The Sixers will be a title contender immediately if this occurs.
If you trade Ben Simmons and his shot develops it would be the worst trade in NBA history.
The moves Elton Brand made over the past year are amongst the worst moves I ever seen an NBA general manager make. He took a Philly team with cap room and a bright future full of postseason title runs and shattered it.
The Sixers Core
Now the Sixers will be bringing out the same team through 2023 that they ran with in 2020. It only took Elton Brand 3 days to destroy what took Philadelphia over half a decade to put in place.Thank You Elton Brand!
The Sixers fired head coach Brett Brown and this might make a difference but not a big one. Coaches win with the talent they have. Gregg Popovich isn’t less of a coach today than he was a few years ago, he just doesn’t have the talent.
When Jordan retired the Bulls didn’t win and when the Kobe and Shaq era ended so did the Lakers success until Pau Gasol and those players joined Kobe. Phil Jackson won when he had the talent and he won as much as he did because of his players & their talent. When he didn’t have the team, he didn’t win. Eric Spoelstra wasn’t a good coach in many peoples eyes then the Heat got Lebron and Chris Bosh and he became known as a great coach. You get the point.
Elton Brand needs to go. What he has done is up there with the worst moves in history. A little advice for the Sixers owners maybe hire someone with experience or someone with more than a high school education.