January 12, 2009
Skepticism about Elton Brand remains alive and well in Philadelphia, at least among fans and the media. As in: When Brand returns to the active roster, can the 76ers continue to run as effectively as they have been? As in: Can he return playing anywhere close to the level that brought him his 5-year, $79.8 million free-agent contract?
Let it be noted that Mike Woodson, the Atlanta Hawks' coach, shares none of those concerns, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.
"Trust me, don't throw Brand out the door, my man, because he's going to help your basketball team win a lot of games, I promise you that," Woodson was saying before yesterday's game against the Sixers.
In fact, Woodson, a former Sixers assistant, likes the Sixers seemingly more than a lot of people. Never mind their 17-20 record, or that they have have already fired coach Maurice Cheeks and replaced him with Tony DiLeo.
"I like them, the makeup of the team, I've said that from Day 1," Woodson said. "I still think they're one of the top teams in the East from a personnel standpoint. Since Tony's taken over, they're playing right at .500 [8-6]. They've got to be pleased with that."