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Message to unsatisfied Celtics fans: We coulda been the 76'ers.

 Yes, we could have been the equivalent of the present version of the Philadelphia 76'ers. You know, "The Process" that never worked. 

All of Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Rob Williams, Al Horford - and even Coach Ime Udoka - could have been in Philly rather than Boston this season. 

The 76'ers grabbed Ben Simmons at number-1 in the 2016 draft instead of Jaylen Brown. Then they took Markelle Fultz number-one the next year (2017) instead of Jayson Tatum.

In 2018, Philadelphia chose Mikal Bridges at #10, while the Celtics went with Rob Williams when he dropped to #27. Al Horford left for Philly as a free agent in 2019, but the 76'ers felt that Al was not a good fit (definitely flawed thinking!) and traded him to Oklahoma City after one season.

How about Ime Udoka. He signed with Philadelphia as an assistant coach in 2019 and rightly felt that was not the place for him at the time. Udoka signed with the Nets as an assistant in 2020, and quickly grabbed his first head coaching position with Boston in 2021.

Both Simmons and Fultz are gone from "The City of Brotherly Love" and their problems in Philly remain somewhat bizarre. Doc Rivers, the coach that never wanted a rebuild in Boston, remains at the helm for the 76'ers. Philly fans can only imagine "what coulda been" in their city. That five of their "coulda hads" are now tied with the Warriors in the NBA Finals may supply the first clue.


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