Tobias Harris reveals why Sixers have failed to meet expectations
Before the 2019-20 season started, Tobias Harris and the Sixers were picked by many to compete for the Eastern Conference crown.
However, prior to games getting suspended in March, the Sixers were only in sixth place in the East despite having talented players such as Harris, Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Al Horford and Josh Richardson leading the charge.
So, why have the Sixers not met expectations? During an interview with ESPN’s First Take, Harris gave his take, via Noah Levick of NBC Sports Philadelphia.
“I’ll just say, and I’ll keep it real, we haven’t had the best chemistry throughout the whole year,” Tobias Harris said.
“It took us a while to kind of get everyone together, we battled injuries from the start to the end. And right now, if we’re the sleeper, then we’re the sleeper. Truth be told, how we’re viewed, that’s someone else’s opinion, but I know when I look my guys in the eye and we have conversations, we have one goal in mind, and that’s to go out there and play and win a championship.”
It was a roller-coaster season for the Sixers before play was suspended due to COVID-19. The team had a record of 39-26 and played like an elite team at home. They were a stellar 29-2 at Wells Fargo Center.
However, the Sixers were only 10-24 on the road.
Embiid, Harris and Horford all got booed at some point during the season at home. There has even been talk that the franchise could look into trading either Embiid or Simmons in the offseason since the two All-Stars continue to be a bad fit with each other and the addition of Horford only made things worse.
The 2020 playoffs are going to be very important for the Sixers. If the team doesn’t go on a deep postseason run, Simmons or Embiid could be traded and head coach Brett Brown may lose his job.