76ers are starting to move beyond The Process

The thing with building through the draft is it’s hard to win that way unless one of those draft picks turns out to be a franchise-changing superstar like Kevin Durant. What made the Oklahoma City model so effective, and appealing, is the Thunder also hit on Russell Westbrook and James Harden in successive drafts with Serge Ibaka thrown on the top.

That kind of draft success is easier said than done. Ask the 76ers, who have spent the last four years loaded with lottery picks and winning just 75 games combined during that span.

The Sixers are an extreme case and so are their picks. Nerlens Noel didn’t play for a full season. Joel Embiid didn’t play for two, and Dario Saric took that long to come over. Last year’s top pick, Ben Simmons, didn’t see the court after suffering a preseason injury. Embiid lasted all of 31 games before being shut down again. Noel, of course, is gone, having been traded for a reclamation wing and second-round picks.

The Boston Celtics signed Hayward on July 4 to a four-year deal worth $128 million, after some fits and starts and a longer waiting period than expected. The move adds another legitimate All-Star to a Boston duo of Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford that posted the Eastern Conference’s best Pittsburgh Steelers Cheap Jerseys record last regular season.

But even with two perennial All-Stars and a talented Real Madrid Cheap Jerseys supporting cast of young, two-way guards and wings (Avery Bradley, Jaylen Brown, Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier), the Celtics were no match for the Cavaliers.

Roger Goodell takes on politics, Deflategate and rules changes

Roger Goodell had to chuckle when a Spanish-speaking reporter asked him about the NFL building its global brand, “instead of building something else.”

The end of that question was an allusion to the border wall between the United States and Mexico proposed by President Donald Trump.

Nothing out of the ordinary occurred during his meetings with teams at the 2006 NFL Scouting Combine.

“I really didn’t have any strange questions,” said Whitworth, who would become a Cincinnati Bengals second-round draft pick.

“Maybe I was just scary. I don’t really have that personality they want to mess with because I am usually so serious about stuff.”

Not everyone is so fortunate.

The 15-minute sessions are intended to help clubs get a better feel for the prospect they may be selecting. Most of them unfold without incident. But the way some squads conduct these “job interviews” leave players scratching their heads or, in extreme cases, hoping that they don’t get picked by the questioning party.

Take the case of Indianapolis Colts left tackle Anthony Castonzo while he was going through the 2011 Combine.

“One team put on lowlights of all my worst plays and basically Pittsburgh Steelers Cheap Jerseys just asked me, ‘What were you thinking on this play? What happened here?’” Castonzo recalled. “It was brutal.”

That experience was benign compared to what happened with another club.