If you’re a Sixers fan you’re probably already bubbling with excitement of the Sixers’ big offseason acquisitions of Spencer Hawes and Absolutely Nobody Else. Surely Absolutely Nobody Else’s sharp shooting and defensive presence inside will solve all the of the problems that plagued this young Sixer team. But before we get too happy about our chances to lose an exciting first round series next year (second round if somebody rips their ACL!), I’d like to get serious for a moment and touch on something that’s been flying around in the days following Hawes resigning his contract: hate.
Spencer Hawes was injured for the entire second half of the season. Remember back when he was killing it in the beginning of the year? When he was hitting his jumpers and moving laterally and starting some MIP talk? The guy at the end of the season wasn’t the same guy. You don’t just go from good to bad for absolutely no reason. And while it was frustrating as hell to watch Spencer flail around in that awkward dance he called interior defense, you can’t blame that all on him.
Backs and Achilles are tricky. Some guys may have played it up more and gotten more sympathy from the press. But not everyone handles injuries that way. Maybe Spencer is more of a quiet introverted injury type. But only introverted about his injuries and not, like, about Healthcare Reform. Anyway, back off the dude and let him get healthy.
You can’t take out your frustration with decisions the front office makes on the players. Just as it wasn’t Iguodala’s fault the Sixers paid him a billion dollars it’s not Spencer’s for taking a nice little $13 million for 2 years. Don’t hate the players for playing, hate the front office for treading water.