NBA Offseason Buzz: Philadelphia 76ers
The Sixers hope this is the season Thaddeus Young becomes a star
Jason Kapono, acquired from Toronto for Reggie Evans, gives the Sixers the 3-point shooting they desperately needed. Free-agent center Primoz Brezec bolsters their front line at a great price. Those are two nice moves that are not likely to offset the summer's big loss, PG Andre Miller, who signed with the Blazers.
Not that the Sixers had a choice. Stealing PF Elton Brand last summer from the Clippers proved to be the equivalent of a bank heist in which the robber gets home, opens the money bag and gets blasted with indelible ink. Brand, aside from being expensive, killed the Sixers' up-tempo game and then got injured. If Brand can't get them to the playoffs -- as Miller did last season -- the Santa Claus treatment is a lock.
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2009 NBA OFFSEASON BUZZ
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