When the season ended and the offseason began, Thaddeus Young met with the media. He was where he has been his entire professional career: here in Philadelphia, with the Sixers. It is no secret that the losses, all 63 of them, weighed on Young. He is only 25, but he has played seven long seasons for the Sixers, many of which ended without any playoff push or satisfaction.
The Scoop:It would make a lot of sense. The Sixers were torched on interior defense and they certainly need more size in the paint. Young has plenty of experience at small forward and would have a seamless transition back to his old role. His 2.11 steals per game ranked third in the NBA and he is the first forward to average over 2.0 per game in a season since 2007-08.
MIAMI -- The game may have appeared meaningless, but dont say that to Sixers head coach Brett Brown or the players in his locker room. With their 100-87 victory over the shorthanded Miami Heat on the final day of NBAs the regular season, the Sixers closed out the year on a two-game winning streak (see Instant Replay). During a season in which they endured a brutal 26-game skid to tie the NBA record for consecutive loss, the Sixers will gladly take any win they can get their hands on. We went out there and played as a team, played collectively and had fun playing basketball, Thaddeus Young said after the Sixers finished the season 19-63, the third-worst record in franchise history.
For Philadelphia, the season finale was about what's coming next year. For Miami, it's about what's coming next week. Thaddeus Young scored 20 points, Michael Carter-Williams had 12 in the final game of his impressive rookie campaign, and the 76ers wrapped up a dismal season by topping the Heat 100-87 on Wednesday night for their second win of the season over the two-time defending NBA champions. Brandon Davies had 11 points, while Henry Sims, James Anderson and Casper Ware each scored 10 for the 76ers (19-63).