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76ers repeal pay cuts that outraged many, reportedly including minority owner

Migos and 76ers owners Michael Rubin and Josh Harris

BROOKLYN, NY - APRIL 20: Migos, Michael Rubin, Josh Harris pose for a photo after Game Four of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs between the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets on April 20, 2019 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The 76ers – owned by billionaires Josh Harris and David Blitzer – planned to cut employee salaries with the NBA on hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak.

That went over predictably poorly.

Serena Winters of NBC Sports Philadelphia:

So Harris and Blitzer aren’t saving any money AND must deal with unfavorable public perception? If you feel sorry for them, please limit your sympathy to 80% of your capacity.

This serves as a valuable trial balloon for other NBA teams. They all just got preemptively shamed into maintaining staffing… without first getting scapegoated like Harris and Blitzer.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Joel Embiid – who pledged to cover lost wages – gets to play hero. So does 76ers minority owner Michael Rubin.

Shams Charania of Stadium:

Though they made themselves into the villains of this story, Harris and Blitzer deserve credit for reversing course. They didn’t have to do that. Not everyone would’ve. That at least deserves mention.