Sixers owner: Early exit would be 'problematic'

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Josh Harris may be the owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, but that doesn't preclude him from checking the standings every morning like every other NBA fan. He's well aware that if the season ended today, his Sixers and the Boston Celtics would play each other in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Harris also can do the math: His club is 2-9 against Boston over the past three regular seasons, and the Sixers were eliminated by the Celtics in the second round of the playoffs last year.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

So how would Harris assess the season if Philadelphia fell to Boston in the opening round in April?

"It would be problematic," Harris answered. "Very problematic. It would not be what we're playing for.4

"We'd be unhappy. I'd be unhappy. The city would be unhappy. We're going to work hard to make sure that doesn't happen. We have enough talent on our roster that if we play the way we're capable of playing, we can beat any team in the East."

Harris, who participated in a panel entitled "Creating a Sports Legacy" at the MIT/Sloan Analytics Conference in Boston on Friday, encouraged his front office to be proactive in fortifying its roster ahead of last month's trade deadline. Philly picked up two key pieces for its stretch run in Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris, both of whom will be free agents this summer.

The Sixers could find themselves in luxury tax purgatory if both players command the max salary, which would pay each of them north of $32 million a season, but Harris says he's committed to finding a way to re-sign them.

The Sixers now boast one of the most potent starting 5s in the NBA: Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Butler, Harris and perimeter veteran JJ Redick. It is a dramatic change from Harris' early years with the team when it was mired in a rebuilding project famously dubbed "The Process." Philly endured the wrath of basketball purists who condemned its strategy of blatantly tanking to secure coveted lottery picks. The NBA has since revised the way it conducts its lottery to dissuade teams from engaging in their own "Process."cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

While Harris has enjoyed the excitement of his current contending basketball team, he has not forgotten the 10-win season in 2015-16 that drew the ire of the NBA -- and the league office.

"I'm a competitive person, and Philly is a competitive city," Harris said. "They like winners. When we decided to rebuild, we tried to communicate that to the city, but when you are living through it, it's incredibly hard.

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