THE PROCESS, as it was presented at its inception, begins soon. When the Sixers won the first overall pick in the NBA draft lottery Tuesday, they won their first real chance at growth since The Process first begged for your trust. This is growth, delayed. It will require patience; much more than the first three years. It will be painful, partly because of the delay and partly because of the enticing players who will fill the roster.
SAM BRADFORD'S two weeks of temporary insanity ended Monday. He returned to the team and retracted his demand to be traded after signing, just weeks before, a two-year, $35 million contract. When he resumed voluntary workouts, he was by all accounts welcomed back by teammates without animosity.
IT IS A formidable undertaking, and amusing to observe. Howie Roseman is trying to reconstruct his image. Once defensive, sometimes feral, Roseman now patiently explains decisions. He has forsaken acceptance into the testosterone-driven Old Boys Network. Smallish and bookish, Roseman is resigned to the fact that he can never be Ozzie Newsome; better, then, to emulate Theo Epstein.
WASHINGTON - The Flyers grew up a little Friday night. They channeled the spirit of their late owner and the composure of their goaltender and the determination of their coach. They withstood the Fury the Capitals seek to unleash every night at the Verizon Center, but it was the Flyers who had the successful road trip.
HOWIE ROSEMAN and Jeffrey Lurie have often said: This is how you become great. You identify stars, studs, cornerstone players; and then, you get them. If it costs you five picks to get the one you want, so be it, especially if it's a quarterback.
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AUGUSTA, Ga. - It's anybody's ballgame, and that might be the best thing for the ballgame. "I think it's fun for the game to see how close it is, and everyone has their own little favorites," said Jason Day, the new world No. 1. "Some people are Rory (McIlroy). Some people are me. Some people are Jordan Spieth. Some people are Rickie Fowler."
Marcus Hayes is a sports columnist for the Daily News. Hired more than 20 years ago as a features writer, he has since covered the Eagles, Phillies, and Sixers beats as well as Big Five basketball, college football, golf, and the Olympics.