For the Philadelphia 76ers, this could be their summer of discontent.
These guys truly believe they should be heading to the Eastern Conference finals.
You saw it etched on Joel Embiid’s face after that Game 7 loss.
But to get there next year, they’ll have to confront some tough questions.
Could Joel Embiid be keeping himself in better shape or is this just how it goes, injury wise, for someone of his size?
Is Brett Brown the right coach for this team?
What is Ben Simmons’ future at the point guard position when he isn’t a threat to shoot from beyond six feet?
What are they going to do with Jimmy Butler, an undeniable talent but someone who might worsen the team’s spacing and chemistry.
It’s going to be a fascinating offseason in Philly, and I certainly don’t envy their front office heading into it.
There’s already talk that a LeBron James-Ben Simmons trade is well within the realm of possibility.
Kevin Durant will miss Game 1 of the Western Conference finals at the very least.
Rodney Hood, who has been reborn in Portland this year, is questionable for Game 1 against the Warriors.
Please enjoy this video of Kawhi Leonard’s buzzer beater synced to The Avengers theme.
And finally, in news that’s admittedly only vaguely related to basketball, a SportsCenter anchor dropped a massive Game of Thrones spoiler right after it aired.
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