Brand's season over; this will hurt the Sixers
Say what you want about the Elton Brand experience.
This doesn't hurt us THIS year. This is not, nor ever was, a championship contending team.
We needed Brand in this line-up to mesh with our young guys, for NEXT year. Iggy and T.Y. another year older and wiser and hopefully our Point Guard position would not be in limbo. More importantly, look at some of the better teams in the league. They get better through cohesion. Our last championship run was in 2000-01 season when the Sixers were criticized in the offseason for not bringing in any new faces. Despite that, they started off hot to a league best 41-14 record at the all-star break and probably could've cruised if Theo didn't get hurt, thus forcing the hand of Larry Brown and Billy King to move all the chips in and go for the championship, thus trading away our depth and stability for Mutombo.
Brand coexisting with this group would've worked eventually which is why I'm upset about Mo getting fired. They needed time.
You don't play championship basketball by being a run-and-gunnin' team. Those teams don't win. Look at the top teams the past few years (Lakers, Celts, Spurs, etc.). You have to execute in all facets of the game. The half-court game, the running game, you need to defend, you need to rebound the basketball and you need a perimeter game.
The Sixers can run, score and rebound. Their defense is slowly improving but they are not multi-faceted yet. The lack of cohesion due to Brand's impending absence will hurt now.
But it'll hurt much more later . . .