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Maria Panaritis

Hey, Josh! I came looking for you at haltftime the other night at the Sixers game. Your guys had just broken a first-half scoring record against Milwaukee — the same one they’d shattered a few days earlier against LeBron James’ Cavaliers. Maybe you saw me up in Section 114? I was in seats I’d bought with a nice chunk of my sons’ preschool tuition budget. The place was electric with the playoffs in the offing for the first time in six years. You even brought Eagles coach Doug Pederson onto center court before tipoff to juice us with his sparkly Super Bowl trophy.

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I’d seen you in a courtside seat near the Sixers bench before heading down to the court to look for you, but missed. Didn’t you see me across the way in the 17th row? I was the one with a notebook in one hand, a pen in the other, and my jaw on the floor.

I was the one feeling that some good old-fashioned penitence was in order.

 

Four years ago the @sixers were in the throes of tanking. Last night Super Bowl-winning @Eagles coach Doug Pederson riled a full house before tipoff and the team is playoffs bound. #TrustTheProccess indeed. pic.twitter.com/tE7vqsxruG

Maria Panaritis (@panaritism) April 12, 2018

What was this magical kingdom into which I had ventured Wednesday night? I had to slap myself to make sure it wasn’t a dream. The sign outside said Wells Fargo Center, but the last time I’d been here the place was desolate and team was a big loser. It was March 2014. I felt like Rip Van Winkle — fell asleep in Philly, woke up four years later on Mars.

Back then, Section 114 was dotted with squatters from the nosebleeds. A squad of unknown players were missing layups and charging into the gutter. The team you’d bought from Ed Snider three years earlier with some of your private equity fortune was in full-on tanking mode. I waddled through the place eight months pregnant, but this time for an Inquirer story about your tactic of controlled carnage that was the talk of the NBA.

Your ex-financial-world general manager at the time, Sam Hinkie, had gutted the roster so the Sixers could lose. He was accumulating high draft picks and a shot at cheap, young talent in the annual lottery. The team was on its way to closing the season with just four wins and 33 losses in its last 37 games. We are talking uglier than ugly.

 

 but this time foran Inquirer story about your tactic of controlled carnage that was the talk of the NBA. Your ex-financial-world general manager at the time

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MICHAEL BRYANT

It’s no exaggeration to say that four years ago, the scene at Wells Fargo Center during Sixers games was beyond desolate. Here, a couple look up at the video display on the scoreboard prior to a March 12, 2014, game against the Sacramento Kings as the Sixers tanked that season.

Your Villanova-Harvard grad CEO Scott O’Neil worked to sell me on the notion that this would deliver dominance to a city long stuck in the mediocre zone.

“You sell two things in our league,” O’Neil said at the time. “You sell winning, and you sell hope.”

All of you urged us to be patient. There was a method to the madness, yada yada yada.

I gotta confess: I didn’t “trust the process.”

And for that, Josh Harris, I am sorry.

 

 but this time foran Inquirer story about your tactic of controlled carnage that was the talk of the NBA. Your ex-financial-world general manager at the time

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Sixers owner Josh Harris talks to head coach Brett Brown during the second quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 in Philadelphia.

You. Were. Right.

Consider this the collective apology you’ve not yet gotten from Sixers fans. The ones who doubted you.

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