The Philadelphia 76ers’ collection of talent is so bad, many don’t even consider it an NBA roster. Based on the fathers of some of Philadelphia’s players (and the team’s 4-33 record), it’s certainly starting to look more like an AAU squad.
Like parents in rec league basketball who are angry when their child doesn’t get enough playing time, Jahlil Okafor’s and Kendall Marshall’s dads have put the 76ers in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
When Philadelphia took on the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center, fans sitting near Okafor’s father said he was berating 76ers head coach Brett Brown all game. In response to the alleged story, Jahlil simply said, “I don’t know why you guys worry about my dad. He’s not in the NBA. He’s not on the team.”
While Jahlil attempted to downplay the embarrassing incident, things only managed to get worse for Philadelphia’s organization as the week continued.
Rather than complain to the 76ers in person, Marshall’s father decided to take to Twitter to vent his frustration about his son’s playing time. Dennis Marshall claimed race was a contributing factor to his son not taking the floor before taking a not-so-subtle shot at 76ers guard Nik Stauskas.
Kendall’s father tweeted, “How are you a ‘shooter’ and shooting 27 percent from three? Can’t guard but play a lot. What do you think the reason is?”
Dennis Marshall’s Twitter account has since been deleted and he has apologized for his remarks, but the debacle is a reminder that Philadelphia’s ineptitude goes beyond their current roster.
If the 76ers are ever going to compete like an NBA franchise again, behaving like professionals would certainly be a good start.