The Philadelphia 76ers are 15-45 and have seen their losing streak climb to 14 games. That bleak outlook for an NBA franchise in full-blown tank mode has head coach Brett Brown scratching his head and looking for answers.
According to The Philadelphia Inquirer's Marc Narducci, Coach Brown said the following when asked if he wonders whether his squad will win another game in 2013-14:
"All the time, I tell them that. This is the truth," he said.
Brown added, "If we don’t play better transition defense and don’t share the ball, then we have some problems, that is a fact."
Considering that Brown's assessment of the team's woes account for offense and defense, it's not hard to understand why Philly has dropped 14 in a row and 25 of its past 27.
The first-year head coach has the unenviable task of trying to win games with a roster that has become increasingly devoid of talent. Prior to the 2014 NBA trade deadline, the Sixers front office traded away Spencer Hawes, Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen for a post-buyout yield of Henry Sims, Eric Maynor and Byron Mullens.
Philadelphia did add a plethora of second-round picks, but that won't help Brown in the short term.
This isn't the first time Philly's coach has been brutally honest with the media.
According to Christopher Vito of the Delaware County Daily Times, Brown told 20-year-old sophomore guard Tony Wroten, "You've been AAU, and that's not a good thing."
Pundits and fans expected the Sixers to be terrible before the 2013-14 season started, and they've lived up to those low expectations following a respectable 5-4 start.
Brown is wondering "all the time" whether his team will win again, and considering that his squad has lost five games by an average of more than 14 points since the Feb. 20 trade deadline, he has every right to be cynical.
As Dan Feldman of NBC Sports Pro Basketball Talk writes, "If the 76ers lose their final 22 games, their losing streak would hit 36 games – 10 longer than the worst losing streak of all time (Cavaliers in 2010-11)."
Thaddeus Young and rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams are the only quality players left, so it's logical to believe this situation is going to get worse before it gets better.
At the very least, Philly fans can take solace in the fact that their favorite team will have a shot at adding a franchise-changing talent via the 2014 NBA draft.