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Old 09-08-2008, 09:18 PM   #5 (permalink)
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it will take a miracle for the magic to break 45 wins next season, their division is much stronger and they did nothing to improve their team, probably got worse.

If everything falls together, I can see the 76ers getting the #2 spot in atlantic, but chances are they'll be behind us. The reality is that Brand is a bigger "brand" than O'Neal these days, and at their best, he's probably a better player too. And since the NBA is all about big names, it's natural that philly gets more credit than we do.

Just like some of us were speculating 50 wins for last season, since we were coming that spectacular second half of the season (when we were the 3rd best team in the league), some writers got fooled by the nice run philly had this spring (fuellled primarily by miller and young, two primary candidates for dissapointment, one because of his age, the other because of reduced responsibilities).
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