76ers Ready to Challenge the HEAT?
If the Lakers do arrive as the ultimate challenge, it won’t be until June. That makes the more immediate concern the Philadelphia 76ers, who landed (Andrew) Bynum in the Howard trade.
On one hand, any move by the 76ers has to enhance their chances against the Heat, considering the Heat are 15-1 against the 76ers in the last 16 meetings, counting regular season and playoffs.
But this also is a 76ers team that this offseason lost Heat nemesis Lou Williams, Elton Brand and, now, Andre Iguodala.
The 76ers are different, but not necessarily a top-four contender in the East, even after getting within one game of last season’s conference finals.
For Philadelphia to challenge the Heat (and for that matter win their first regular-season game against the Heat in four seasons), Evan Turner is going to have to fast-track his maturation, Thaddeus Young is going to have to step forward, former Heat forward Dorell Wright is going to have to justify his acquisition from the Golden State Warriors and Jason Richardson will have to find the motivation to contribute amid his unceasing travels.