76ers Owner Joshua Harris Reflects on Difficult Season
(PHILADELPHIA) -- Philadelphia 76ers owner Joshua Harris is moving forward after seeing his team go through one of its toughest seasons in franchise history that also included an NBA-record losing tying streak.
Harris said on Friday that it wasn't easy watching his team from his suite.
"When we lose, even in New York, kids come up to my family's kids and say, 'Hey, the Sixers lost 26 in a row. How do you like that?'" Harris said. "We don't like that. This is my doorman, he says to me, 'Hey, can't you get those players going?'"
The 76ers finished 19-63 and will look towards June's NBA draft.
"I think the season has been a huge success for us," Harris said Friday.
One bright spot for the team this season was guard Michael Carter-Williams, who is in contention for the rookie of the year award. The team will also have center Nerlens Noel back next year after he sat out his entire rookie year with a torn ACL in his left knee.
"We don't want to be 41-41. We don't want to be one-and-done," Harris said. "We want this team, this city to be proud of the Sixers. We want to be proud of the Sixers."
Harris is looking forward to adding a player or two in June's draft that will contribute immediately next season.
"All these pieces are in place to make this an elite team that will compete consistently for the NBA championship," Harris said. "There's no shortcuts to it. Unfortunately, it takes a long time. I'm really happy with the progress."
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