To be fair, the Philadelphia 76ers certainly aren’t the only team in basketball who have ever left three consecutive possessions empty handed. But it’s probably not a coincidence that Brett Brown’s overmatched young squad is the one that threw a no-look pass off the glass, came up embarrassingly short with an air ball, then shot a perfect wedgie on a trio of successive trips, either.
Seriously, have you ever seen a sequence of basketball by a single team that featured so many different failed outcomes? It’s depressing and amazing to watch all at the same time. But what makes the video above even worse than it appears on the surface are the players involved.
That’s Tony Wroten, Philly’s top attacking guard and a viable extension candidate, throwing the errant pass. Undrafted gem Robert Covington, who’s his team’s unquestioned best wing player, hits nothing but air on the following possession. And then there’s Jahlil Okafor, this Sixers’ most realistic active hope for superstardom, achieving the basketball rarity known as a wedgie.
Surprisingly, it’s not all bad news for Philadelphia on Tuesday. Not only is Joel Embiid making physical and emotional progress toward a debut next season, but the Sixers are playing the Memphis Grizzlies tough through the first half.