Brand new start: 76ers feel ready to contend

September 26th, 2008 admin

Elton Brand’s face is plastered around Philadelphia, from print and Web ads to billboards to the side of busses where he smiles at drivers while they’re stuck in rush hour traffic.

It’s hard to travel around the city and not be struck by the welcoming image of the 76ers’ $80 million blockbuster free-agent acquisition.

Much like the ads, Brand and the Philadelphia 76ers won’t sneak up on the NBA this year.

“I think we did sneak up on some teams for a little stretch,” coach Maurice Cheeks said.

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