The Philadelphia 76ers sat on their couches and watched the Denver Nuggets defeat the Miami Heat in the 2023 NBA Finals.
When another city gets to enjoy a championship, Philadelphia fans inevitably turn the conversation to how the local team should emulate the recently-crowned champs.
Bob Cooney put a different spin on the topic during the Cooney’s Corner segment on The John Kincade Show.
“We’re always talking about: how do you build this Sixers team? You want Harden, (or) you don’t want Harden. You need shooters, (or) you don’t need shooters. You need guys that can beat you off the dribble. Whatever it may be, I don’t know what the recipe is anymore.” -Bob Cooney
NBA teams and essentially all professional sports franchises should look for a blueprint based on previously successful teams. However, the concept isn’t always as simple as it seems.
The Sixers trudged through “The Process,” the most infamous rebuild in the history of North American professional sports, largely based on the idea that no NBA team could win without acquiring multiple superstars.
Recent NBA history, however, shows more variations of championship blueprints than the general consensus has given credit for at many points.
It’s been a decade since Sam Hinkie dealt Jrue Holiday to kick off “The Process” at the 2013 NBA Draft, but Sixers fans haven’t tasted the glory they hoped would follow a long period of deliberate tanking.
They’ve watched the Heat in the era of LeBron James and the “Big Three” pass by. They’ve watched the Golden State Warriors assemble an overwhelming roster (logically) thinking they were the best model to emulate.
However, they’ve now seen nine different franchises win the past 13 titles. Even the Golden State dynasty of four championships in eight years allowed four teams to win rings in the meantime.
What’s the real blueprint for a team to win the NBA Finals?