Just how big could the Morey addition be for Sixers? originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
With all the subtlety of an elephant plunging off a high dive, news of the Sixers adding Daryl Morey to their front office briskly spread through Sixers fandom Wednesday.
Much like Doc Rivers did for the Sixers' bench, Morey adds instant name recognition and experience to an executive group that lacked both balance and cohesion.
When your general manager tells the public that the franchise needs “more basketball minds” and that the collaborative approach the organization was using “didn’t work too well,” it’s clear Elton Brand was crying for help.
I’m not sure how Morey looks in shining armor, but if this was the 14th century, all he was missing in the eyes of Sixers fans was a noble steed, Merlin and Excalibur.
The justification is certainly there for why it seems like everyone who roots for the third winningest franchise in NBA history is clicking their heels over the Morey hire to head up basketball operations.
As news continued to pour out with details of when and how Morey’s reported five-year deal came about, it was supplemented by multiple Sixers assistant coaching hires like Sam Cassell and some dude who said he hates the Sixers (sometimes you can’t make this stuff up).
As my mind was giddily submerged in the oversaturation of information, I started to wince somewhat at the number of new names and personalities who will have their thumbprint on myriad facets of the Sixers' franchise.
From being unfamiliar and unacquainted with many of the people and job titles permeating the Sixers' organization, the fan base has now moved toward several known quantities with easily identifiable track records.
In full transparency, as a lifelong Philly sports fan, the Eagles' “Dream Team” vibe always creeps up in my mind when things seem too good to be true.
Although in this case, the Sixers really appear to simply be in need at the right time. Not only do Rivers and Morey each hit the market in the same offseason while the Sixers are looking for their exact type of expertise and direction, the team also inks them both to five-year contracts, further solidifying their connection to one another and the future of the Sixers.
If we’re really vetting the Sixers' offseason front office moves like we should, I do find it odd that they would hire Peter Dinwiddie from the Pacers as the Sixers' executive vice president of basketball operations before bringing Morey on board to be his boss as the president of basketball operations.
To quell that glaring juxtaposition, I fall back on the idea that the titles of these executives don’t mean nearly as much as how well they work together. What the Sixers have done with the Morey hire and in a smaller capacity Rivers’, is take some of the pressure off of Brand.
The 41-year-old’s two-plus seasons at the helm is much less front office experience than Morey’s 16 years of NBA work and even less than Rivers, who served as the Clippers’ executive VP of basketball operations for three seasons.
The Sixers had a plethora of issues to address this offseason and frankly, I wasn’t sure they would get to all of them. Brand’s goal was to have as many of his off-the-court pieces in place before the NBA draft and free agency began in order to get a handle on the new executive’s philosophies toward acquiring players and building a champion.
With a Morey deal expected this weekend, the NBA draft Nov. 18 and free agency thereafter, the Sixers suddenly have a full cupboard and are in prime position to make some proper assessments to further the franchise and build a true championship caliber roster.