GETTING INSIDE

January 30th, 2010 admin

The players, coaches and management are all disappointed with the Sixers’ record. None of them expected to be 15-31 just past the halfway point of the 2009-10 season. With almost the same roster as the group that went 41-41 and went to the playoffs for the second year in a row, the Sixers are headed for the draft lottery.
“We believe there’s talent with the team we have,” said Sixers president Ed Stefanski. “We feel at times we’re underachieving. We have to get that together.”
The Sixers’ struggles seem to have increased the chances that they’ll make a move by the Feb. 18 trade deadline. With no expiring contracts beyond minimum-salary deals, the Sixers could try to acquire a salary dump like the contract of Tracy McGrady or look for more long-term help.
One player the Sixers could offer is Andre Iguodala. Iguodala is their best all-around performer, especially at the defensive end. But he has $56 million and four years left on his contract after this year, which could make teams squeamish in this economic climate — with the salary cap/luxury tax likely to decrease again.
Still, Iguodala understands why he’s heard his name in trade rumors involving the Rockets and Suns.
“Until the next move comes and (a trade) happens or if I stay here, I need to fight through it,” Iguodala said. “My ultimate goal has always been to win here. (Stefanski’s) in a situation where he has to win and his job is on the line. If you don’t win, anything can happen, no matter whose fault it is.”
LAKERS 99, SIXERS 91: The Sixers sunk 16 games under .500 for the first time this season. They slipped to 7-16 at home by giving away far too many easy baskets to L.A. cutters. Kobe Bryant won an entertaining head-to-head battle with fellow 1996 first-round pick Allen Iverson, outscoring him 24-23, and of course, coming away with the “W.” The Sixers held a 44-36 rebounding advantage, but committed twice as many turnovers (20-12) as the Lakers.


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