COMMENTARY | "Hell no, we won't go!" "Hell no, we won't go!" "Hell no, we won't go!"
The infamous anti-war chant could be the battle cry for Philadelphia 76ers fans when asked to buy individual or group tickets to a game this season.
After finishing in the cellar of the Atlantic Division with a 34-48 record in 2012-13, the Sixers have already thrown in the towel this year, leaving fans battered and bruised in the corner.
The organization somewhat showed some effort last week by signing former Los Angeles Lakers point guard Darius Morris and undrafted free agent Khalif Wyatt, who was a big-time scorer last year locally at Temple University in Philly.
While both were good late offseason pickups, they're not good enough to change the inevitable outcome of the season. With or without Morris and Wyatt, the Sixers are going to be bad.
How bad? They might possibly be the worst team in the league.
So why, if the Sixers are going to stink for the second straight season, can't tickets be a little less for fans?
According to a Business Insider report in February, the average price of a non-premium Sixers seat is around $40 per game. That's good, at first thought, after noticing the average price of a non-premium seat to watch a New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden is around $120.
But the Knicks, who won the Atlantic Division in 2012-13, have Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, J.R. Smith, Metta World Peace and Tyson Chandler and a legit shot at a NBA championship.
The Sixers? They finished in last place and have Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes, Thaddeus Young, Royce White and Michael Carter-Williams and a legit shot at the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
Also, once Sixers fans pay for parking, a hot dog, popcorn and a soda or beer, that $40 trip to Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia could climb to $80-$100.
Times are tough. Money is tight. Philadelphia, like other major cities around the country, is closing schools and libraries and laying off teachers and thousands of other city workers.
You have to be a diehard sports and 76ers fan to buy a ticket and pay a $100 tab every night to witness your basketball team get massacred in front of you.
For that, Sixers fans deserve some appreciation. They deserve a small break.
The Philadelphia 76ers, unfortunately for fans, have been irrelevant in the league for a long time.
It's 2013. The last time the Sixers won 50 games was 2001 (56-26), when they went to the NBA Finals. The last time they won 60 games was 1983 (62-20), when they won the NBA championship.
The 2014 NBA Draft is shaping up to be one of the better drafts in years. Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins is suppose to be the truth.
Blowing things up and rebuilding for the future was the right thing for the Sixers to do. Now, they could do one more thing right: Offer a discount of $6 every game this season to their faithful fans.
Dwayne C. Nelson lives in Philadelphia and has been a Sixers follower since the days of Julius Erving, Maurice Cheeks, Moses Malone, Andrew Toney and Bobby Jones. Follow him on twitter at dcntweets .
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