It seems like an eternity ago now, but it took the Sixers a long time to become the Eastern Conference powerhouse they are today. Years of losing and throwing whole seasons got them draft picks, which they used to search for their next superstar. It was famously dubbed “The Process,” and became a very controversial issue in the league.
In a chat with the Chicago Sun-Times, former Sixers Thaddeus Young described what it was like from the players perspective being a part of the ultimate tank job.
‘‘We all know what happened in Philly,’’ Young said recently. ‘‘I was there at the start of ‘The Process.’ We had a horrible season, but I went out there and played my butt off each and every night. It was like bringing a knife to a gunfight, but I was swinging with that knife.’’
The 19 win season he endured in 2013-14 was just one example of the awful state of the franchise at the time. Still, Young did what he could and fought like hell to bring the best version of himself on the court every night.
Joel Embiid made a but of a meme out of the entire ordeal, which is why we look at it in such a different light today. But make no mistake about it, “The Process” was not fun by any stretch, especially for those who were playing through it at the time.