How Will Elton Brand Handle the Move to the Sixers’ Bench?

December 23rd, 2009 by Bryan Toporek Leave a reply »
Traditionally, NBA teams try to avoid spending $80 million on a bench player.

That’s the very situation the Philadelphia 76ers find themselves in, as their biggest free agent acquisition this decade, Elton Brand, lost his spot in the Sixers’ starting lineup last Monday to rookie guard Jrue Holiday.

Holiday retained his starting spot last Wednesday, and from the sound of it, Brand’s spot on the bench may become a permanent fixture in the Sixers’ lineup, especially with forward Marreese Speights' recent return nearly a month ahead of schedule.

Since Brand’s move to the bench, the Sixers are 2-3, including a stunning win over Boston this past Friday. Considering the arc of the rest of the season, the Sixers made huge strides last week toward becoming a legitimately competitive NBA team for the rest of the year.

But after losing to the L.A. Clippers on Saturday in overtime and suffering a disheartening 105-98 defeat at the hands of the Washington Wizards last night, one begins to wonder: How much longer will Brand accept his new bench role before ...

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