Ed, Ed, And Eddie, Why The Sixers Must Clean House

Matthew FitzgeraldFeatured ColumnistFebruary 22, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 03:  Andre Iguodala #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers dunks against the Boston Celtics at the Wachovia Center on November 3, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
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Face it Sixer fans, this organization isn't going anywhere fast. The Sixer's once again have failed to acquire a big time player at the deadline. For the next few months Sixer fans will now have to sit in front of their televisions and watch Eddie Jordan run an offense that the Sixer player's don't mix in with. Yes, it is hard to watch.

For the last few seasons, it has been hard to be a Sixer fan. The consistent 7th or 8th seed in the playoffs and then getting knocked out in the first round whether it be the Orlando magic or the Detriot Pistons. Does anybody remember the glory days with Larry Brown and Allen Iverson during the 2001 season? The team that reached the NBA Finals but were out of L.A. just as fast as they got there losing the series 4-1. Then, summer hits. The draft comes and the Sixer's end up with their middle of the line draft pick. To me, it seems like the same old routine.

To tell you the truth, I was excited when the Sixers decided to sign Eddie Jordan as their head coach, just the right guy for the job! The Sixers aren't the only ones to blame, it's the people you don't see on the court or on the bench coaching. It's the guys up in the offices and suites at the Wachovia Center. It's guys like Ed Snider and Ed Stefanski.

Just last season, Philly was in a big hype with the signing of Clipper power forward Elton Brand. That was just what the Sixers needed, a big presence down low because Sammy D certainly wasn't making any noise with his performance. Philadelphia loved Stefanski and Stefanski loved Philly back. The 2008-2009 season wears on, Brand doesn't perform and then the finger is pointed at Cheeks and the front office. Another summer comes and goes and Ed, Ed, and Eddie have continued to do nothing as the Sixers reached their season opener at Orlando.

I have said it before and I will say it again, Andre Iguodala is overrated. He doesn't belong in Philadelphia, he is asked to do to much and be the star of this franchise and he can't live up to that role. He is more of a co-star on any other team in the league.

They have failed to bring in outside shooters and a point guard to help the team out and they have focused more on the management side of their franchise with the new head coaches every two or three years who continue to make this team even worse. Eddie Jordan doesn't know how to rotate his players, teach his players how to play defense, and he has abandoned his Princeton offense that he brought with him to Philadelphia.

People reading this article may get the misconception that when I say the Sixers should clean house I mean that they trade away all their decent players and just draft young talent, that's not what I am getting that. The front office and Management needs to be cleaned out and small tweaks here and there to the roster.

The mistake that was made came a long time ago, more like a season ago when the 76ers got rid of point guard Andre Miller. This was stupid on their part. Andre Miller was one of their best players and if not the best player on their team and he was capable of doing things on the basketball court that nobody else could do. He was a post-up type of point guard that knew the game of basketball.

Low Williams fills the role of Andre Miller and people had high hopes for Lou entering the season. Lou is a nice young player with lots of talent. He suffered a broken jaw a couple months ago, recover's, and Eddie Jordan no longer puts him in the rotation? I do not understand the logic that Coach Jordan brings forth to this basketball team.

It may seem that I am starting to rip on Stefanski alot, but he is just like any other general manger in the NBA. He doesn't want to see his team have a miserable season which it is really shaping out to be. I doubt that he will sit back and let the Sixers play with the same players and the same coach for several years to come, he's not a complete idiot.

Stefanski continued to say last season that this team was on the rise and that he didn't want to make any big trades and sign any big free agent. I believe that he has finally pulled his head out of his ass and realized that this team needs big improvement and big changes for the future.