No. 12 Philadelphia 76ers
2015-16: Just 10 wins for a franchise that was the worst in the league, again, in an effort to eventually win through losing. Haven't qualified for the playoffs since 2012.
Best additions: F Ben Simmons, SG Gerald Henderson, G Jerryd Bayless, F Dario Saric, G Sergio Rodriguez.
Poised for breakout: Simmons was the No. 1 pick in the draft and will be the favorite to win top rookie honors. He'll get the playing time and chance to pile up the numbers that will be hard to refute and given how bad the Sixers have been the bar
Question marks: Shooting still will be a major weakness for Philadelphia, the part of Simmons' game that likely will be the last to develop. With Brett Brown as coach, they still have a more than capable leader. Youth doesn't win in the NBA, however, as quality vets are necessary.
The Sixers are shorthanded there.
2016-17 NBA Team Previews:
- No. 15 Brooklyn Nets
- No. 14 New York Knicks
- No. 13 Milwaukee Bucks
On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, host Chase Hughes was joined by Bullets/Wizards legend Phil Chenier ahead of his jersey retirement set for this upcoming weekend on March 23.
Chenier looked back on his playing and broadcasting career and told great stories. He also shared some memories of the 1978 championship as the franchise gets ready to honor its 40th anniversary.
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An undiagnosed illness has convinced Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue to step away from the team indefinitely, the team announced on Monday. Assistant coach Larry Drew will take over in the interim.
Lue, 40, is hoping to address his health issues in time to return before the year is out. According to a statement on the team's website, he has been under the weather for quite some time.
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Here is what Lue said on the matter in a press release:
I have had chest pains and other troubling symptoms, compounded by a loss of sleep, throughout the year. Despite a battery of tests, there have been no conclusions as to what the exact issue is.
While I have tried to work through it, the last thing I want is for it to affect the team. I am going to use this time to focus on a prescribed routine and medication, which has previously been difficult to start in the midst of a season. My goal is to come out of it a stronger and healthier version of myself so I can continue to lead this team to the Championship we are all working towards.
That is scary stuff and certainly much bigger than basketball. But the surprising news happens to come at a crucial time in the Cavs' season. They are currently third in the Eastern Conference with only 13 games remaining before the playoffs.
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The Cavs are just a half-game ahead of both the Wizards and Pacers in the standings. They will also have to reincorporate All-Star Kevin Love, likely sometime this week.
That is a lot for Drew to deal with while Lue recovers and it adds another wrinkle to a Cavs' season that has been characterized by change.
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