No, the Sixers didn’t break the record for losses by a single team in a single season — but are they a success after earning the second-worst record in the league?
“I think the season has been a huge success for us,” Harris said Friday at the team’s practice facility at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, just two days after the 76ers finished with a 19-63 record, the second-worst mark in the NBA. “Obviously, I don’t like to lose. In terms of having to live through a losing season, it’s tough. It was incredibly fun to take down the Bulls [in the first round of the 2012 playoffs] my first year, when we were seeded eighth and they were seeded first.
“And I want to be back in the playoffs, and I want this team competing for the championship,” Harris said. “And that’s kind of what we’re trying to do, but obviously to do that, to get to that point where you’re an elite team for a long period of time, there’s no shortcuts. We came into the season knowing that it would be a long season, that we were going to be putting building blocks in place.”
Meh. We prefer the definition of “success” that doesn’t make fans start a movement to stop your team from tanking.