With some down time before the 76ers begin their regular season against the Miami Heat on Wednesday, we wanted to be sure to keep things flowing here on Deep Sixer. OK, so there is no additional information or analysis (maybe there will be a little) to drop before we see the real deal next week, but here's the game plan for the Sixers' preview section, which kicks off in the Inquirer on Saturday:
An in-depth look at Jrue Holiday's summer, which included working out with a former gold medalist; three weeks in Istanbul, Turkey with USA Basketball and Andre Iguodala; an Inside the Sixers about the problems regarding the team's roster; rookie Evan Turner, what he's all about and a guide to how the Top 5 picks are playing; an NBA almanac -- everything to watch around the league; and a sneak peak of the Miami Heat before they take to the Wells Fargo Center court on Oct. 27.
And on that night, we'll be off and running for 82 games this season.
Since training camp opened on Sept. 28, the optimism for what this season might hold has slipped and the question is easy: why has that happened? Videos are nice, but sometimes it's necessary to dive more in-depth about why things have soured in the last month. As someone who has seen the pre-season games that weren't on TV -- at the Toronto Raptors, at the Cleveland Cavaliers, etc. -- the easiest way to explain is that the team doesn't look ready for the season yet.