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SBD/October 30, 2013/Franchises
NBA Franchise Notes: Ujiri Still Looking To Make His Mark On Raptors
Published October 30, 2013
DIVING FOR A REBOUND? 76ers GM Sam Hinkie said of the team's potential struggles this year, "All our focus is on building something special for the Sixers, building a team that could in time be interesting." In Philadelphia, Mike Sielski writes Hinkie arrived this summer "with a mandate: We have to bottom out so we can begin again." If such a strategy is "antithetical to the notion that a professional franchise is obliged to try to put a competitive team on the court, don't blame Hinkie." Sielski: "Blame the NBA, particularly its oppressive salary cap and a draft that rewards failure with the promise of a lottery pick" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 10/30).
PICK UP THE PACE: In Indianapolis, Bob Kravitz writes the city has "finally noticed" the Pacers' success. Individual ticket sales "are up" 50% and package sales are up 30%. Kravitz: "Seriously, if Indy can’t get behind this team -- a team in every conceivable sense of the word -- there’s no hope for pro hoops in Indianapolis" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 10/30).