Sunday , Jan , 28 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

The Sixers must stop winning

(Sports Network) – The future availability of current college stars Greg
Oden and Kevin Durant is slowly slipping away from the Philadelphia 76ers.

Why?

Because they have found a way to win lately and head coach Maurice Cheeks has
no interest in bagging the season for a sexy lottery pick. Well, that’s a poor
philosophy since the Sixers have no shot at the playoffs and are in desperate
need of a big body inside. Ohio State’s Oden would fill that void if the
Sixers finish poorly, and he decides to enter the NBA Draft.

Durant is a nice choice too, but the Sixers already have a few players much
like the Texas freshman. Andre Iguodala and Rodney Carney didn’t create the
type of hype Durant has when they were in college, but the two can sure play.
Iguodala has started/played in every game in his career (209 games).

After the Sixers dealt future Hall of Fame guard Allen Iverson, the mentality
has been to rebuild and give the younger guys more looks for the future. But
if the future starts now, then Philly must pull a Bill Fitch and try to lose
out for the No. 1 overall pick in this summer’s draft.

Cheeks, though, will not take that route and wants to prove he can coach at
the NBA level. He will never be a Hall of Famer and shouldn’t have to try and
coach like one. With Larry Brown now on board as an executive vice president
Cheeks may be on the way out anyway.

The Oden/Durant sweepstakes is still at large and the Sixers, who have won
four of their last six games, have a chance to sabotage the remaining two
contests of a three-game road trip. After the trip, Philadelphia will begin a
seven-game homestand. The road odds are good since the 76ers are 7-20 as the
visitor this season, but a 7-11 home mark is what will hurt their draft
status.

As of Sunday, only Memphis (11-34) and Boston (12-30) are having a more
dreadful season than the Sixers (14-31). But Atlanta and Charlotte are
right behind with just 15 wins apiece.

PHI