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PHILADELPHIA - The official news came this week that the Philadelphia 76ers — the forlorn franchise of the NBA — had signed an all-star forward and All-First Team defensive pick. Bulls Jerseys 2020 .Just dont rush out quite yet for a jersey — its Malcolm Thomas, an NBA Development League all-star for the Austin Toros.Thomas will earn a nice pay bump, first-class travel, fantastic coaching, and call himself an NBA player. But given expectations of the 76ers this season, he as may as well still play in the D-League.If they win 15 games, former NBA coach Stan Van Gundy said, they will have overachieved to the highest level.Think a 26-game losing streak and 19 wins under coach Brett Brown was pretty lousy last season?This years Sixers may tumble their way toward NBA infamy with a collection of castoffs. The losses should stamp them the favourite for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft — and the record book as one of the worst teams in NBA history.The Sixers have mastered the art of tanking, fielding a noncompetitive roster in hopes of better odds at high draft picks and potential franchise players.Foolproof plan, right? Look how the Sixers became championship contenders after selecting Evan Turner with the No. 2 overall pick in 2010. OK, bad example.With the approval of team owner Joshua Harris, 76ers president Sam Hinkie has set course for a dip in the standings for several seasons with the wildly optimistic expectation that the franchise will rise into title contention in three or four years.That means lottery picks Michael Carter-Williams, Joel Embiid, Nerlens Noel and Dario Saric will all blossom into all-stars and at least one, maybe two, will become franchise-type players. That means Hinkie wont whiff on future picks or get burned on trades. That means star free-agents will bypass Miami, New York, Cleveland, San Antonio, and flock to Philly.Can all of that happen?Maybe. But for now, a championship parade through downtown Philadelphia is just a wild dream.None of their nine first-round picks preceding Carter-Williams in 2013 play for the Sixers. None helped the Sixers ever advance out of the second round of the playoffs.Thaddeus Young, Lou Williams, Nic Vucevic and Andre Iguodala were on the 2011-12 Sixers that made it to the Eastern Conference semifinals. Thinking they were on the cusp of a breakthrough, the Sixers traded Iguodala and Vucevic to get Los Angeles Lakers centre Andrew Bynum.Bynum never played a game in his lone season with the Sixers because of bad knees and the franchise unraveled.Its a little painful right now to be a former Sixer and see the losses and all, former 76ers player and coach Doug Collins said.When the team opens the season Wednesday at Indiana, Jason Richardson — injured and facing retirement — will be the only player left from when Hinkie took over the team in May 2013.Some good news for Carter-Williams, the NBA rookie of the year has been cleared to return to practice following shoulder surgery on Nov. 6 and could return a week later.The Sixers play their home opener Saturday against Miami in front of what should be a packed Wells Fargo Center, but are having trouble selling tickets beyond that.I can ... see why you would never buy a ticket right now because its a substandard product, Van Gundy said.One that Hinkie — and his analytics-minded front office — has vowed to improve.As of Monday, the 76ers had just $32 million committed to this seasons payroll, the lowest figure in the league by about $20 million. They have only $4.6 million on the books for next season (Laker star Kobe Bryant will earn $23.5 million alone this season), giving the downtrodden franchise millions to offer free agents in 2015 and beyond.But what player with any competitive spirit would want to sign with Philadelphia?Money always talks, but it will take a brave all-star or two to decide the Sixers are headed into contention.At some point, youve got to develop a culture of winning and winning habits and gaining some results so the guys can believe it, former NBA coach and all-star guard Mark Jackson said. Because that can fester and be like a disease youve got to rid those guys of in order to get a winning culture.The Sixers already scored their biggest win of the season when NBA owners failed to pass draft lottery reform last week. The team with the worst record will still have a 25 per cent chance at getting the top pick and cannot drop lower than fourth.Hinkie isnt swayed even though his method has been nicknamed Tankadelphia.A lot of it is, where does your self-worth come from, Hinkie asked. Do you need people every day telling you youre doing well? Do you need the masses every day telling you that they agree with you? Or do you have some higher purpose in mind?Hinkie says he does. Hes betting his career and the teams future that the Sixers can hit the championship jackpot with a bunch of winning lottery tickets. Wholesale Bulls Jerseys . He will play 10th-seeded Feliciano Lopez in Sundays final, after the Spanish left-hander defeated Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 7-6 (7), 6-4. Cheap Bulls Jerseys . 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Week 2s biggest games include Florida facing Miami and Notre Dame travelling to the Big House to conclude their rivalry against Michigan in primetime on TSN2 and TSN 1050.CALGARY - When Wolfgang Staudinger looks over his lugers heading into a World Cup on their home track, the coach can see a cloud from Sochi still hanging over them.Its normal for athletes to feel a letdown in the season after an Olympic Games, but the Canadian luge team has been working through something akin to grief.The roller-coaster emotion of finishing fourth three times and falling just short of Canadas first Olympic medal in the sport wasnt easy to shake off over the summer.Alex Gough finished fourth among the women, Tristan Walker and Justin Snith were fourth in mens doubles and along with Sam Edney, they all finished fourth in the new team relay event in Sochi, Russia.They take little solace in what was by far Canadas best performance in Olympic luge.They suffer the Olympic hangover, which was hard and heavy, Staudinger said Wednesday after a training session. It has to do probably having to deal with the disappointment over the summer and waking up in reality because life goes on.The disappointment was big for not winning that medal. That still catches up on us.World Cup luge returns to Calgarys Canada Olympic Park on Friday and Saturday after a three-year hiatus. The women and doubles race is Friday, followed by the mens event and a new sprint race Saturday.Gough won womens gold the last time it was in Calgary in 2011.She will compete Friday against international competition for the first time since Sochi. The 27-year-old Calgarian skipped the first two World Cup races of this season to concentrate on first-year engineering studies at the University of Calgary.Canadas most decorated athlete in the sport with a pair of world championship medals and 17 career World Cup medals wrote exams this week while preparing for her first race of the winter. Im going to go out there and slide the best I can and see what happens, Gough said. Its always tough when you come in partway through the season or even the first race of the season, which is usually in Austria, I have no idea where Ill sit.It makes it kind of unnerving in some ways, but its good in some ways. I have no idea where I should sit so all I can do is focus on myself and get the best out of it that I can.Gough says shell take a lighter course load next semester, which will allow her to compete in the remaining World Cups and world championship.Calgarys Kim McRae, who finished fifth behind Gough in Sochi, is also one to watch in Calgary. The 22-year-old opened the season with a pair of top-10 results in Innsbruck, Austria, and was 11th in Lake Placid, N.Y.Edney will also compete in an international mens race for the first time since Sochi. The three-time Olympian has been dealinng with a sports hernia that kept him out of the first two races. Chicago Bulls Shirts. The 30-year-old Calgarian hopes he and his teammates have mentally cleared their post-Olympic hurdles to perform well at home.I almost see it as waves amongst the team. There are moments where we feel that energy of We were so close. Lets keep it going, and then there are those days where its like Shoot, we were that close, and it brings you down, Edney explained.Its a weird feeling. Seeing them now after some races, its like that energy is back there. I feel like the team is pretty energized right now.But Calgarys Snith and Walker, from nearby Cochrane, Alta., are not happy with the start to their season. They crashed in their season-opener in Innsbruck and were ninth last week in Lake Placid.Both of us can agree were not sliding anywhere near our capability, Snith said.Added Walker: Our expectations are definitely a lot higher. Thats what makes it all the more frustrating not sliding that well.All this adds up to some frustration for Staudinger, a German who has coached the Canadian team since 2007.He doesnt like tempering his expectations for the home race of this World Cup season, given the sliding talent Canada now has.For Sam and Alex, its more an orientation race. I wouldnt expect too much right now, Staudinger said. I feel like were not really in a position where we need to be athletically.I dont like my situation. I dont like the position were in. I watched the Germans and for them, theyre back to normal performance I dont see any reason why were different because we are not.We still have a bit of catching up to do and that has to do with the Olympic hangover. When you go out drinking, it hurts.The relay was an Olympic event for the first time in Sochi. The Canadians welcomed its arrival because they say it is exciting to race.Theyre underwhelmed by the introduction of the sprint race, which will be run in Calgary instead of a relay, to the World Cup circuit.The sprint is the same as a regular race except the clock starts after the first turn and the fastest to the finish wins. The top 15 in each of the other three World Cup races qualify to race a sprint.People keep asking me what the sprint race is, Walker said. Its a normal run like we would do in the race with the only difference the start line is the first curve and they tell you your speed going down.I understand the idea of trying to put in a new event like in downhill skiing with super-G. This ones just not a winner. They definitely found a winner with the relay.Its fun, exciting and people like watching it. Its got great numbers on viewership. I think we should do one every week. ' ' '

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