No one, least of all Elton Brand, expected things to go so wrong when the former Clipper was given the "Philly Max" last summer.
Fans and players alike were practically drooling over the thought of finally have a true post presence to complement the slashing of Andre Iguodala.
Another rebounder to help out Samuel Dalembert. A true four, so that Thaddeus Young could slide back to his more natural position of small forward. The outcome was a seemingly bad fit for a run-and-gun offense, an injury, and then a return to status quo. But if anyone reasons the Sixers are somehow better off without Brand in the lineup, they are entitled to their opinion—regardless of how wrong it is.
When Elton returns, he will be far removed from the knee and foot problems, and have more upper body strength due to his rehab.
He will have spent a year around his teammates, seeing what they're good at and how he can fit. And he'll be ticked off.
He's earning the stigma of being injury prone, there are whispers that he's the reason for the Sixers slow start, and there are doubters who say he'll never again be an all-star level player.
If you know anything about Elton the man, you know that he's thinking about treating his critics to a dinner of crow and several slices of humble pie for dessert.