Nick Nurse had his first information convention because the 76ers new head coach. The Philadelphia media was prepared for him.
Midway by means of a solution about teaching a playoff crew, Nurse was lower off by Philadelphia media persona Howard Eskin, who requested him, “Would you like James Harden again?”
Nurse tried to reply diplomatically, saying, “James Harden’s an ideal participant,” earlier than Eskin lower him off, saying he did not reply the query.
After a pause, Nurse responded, “James has a call to make. And I’d be very pleased if he got here again.”
Maybe Nurse didn’t fairly perceive the depth of Philadelphia sports activities followers and sports activities media after a decade of teaching in Toronto. He could not have realized he was buying and selling the politeness of Canada for a metropolis with a notoriously passionate and oftentimes boorish fan base.
He additionally acquired a number of questions on Philly’s historical past of second-round playoff exits — 5 within the final six years.
“Vibrating on the frequency of the previous” might be not an idea that appeals to the cheesesteak-eating, greased-pole-climbing followers of Philly. It’s merely a extra brutal metropolis.
Maybe a extra mystical, new age perspective is what the 76ers want after three years of vibrating on the frequency of Doc Rivers, and Nurse was very respectful to MVP Joel Embiid’s abilities, regardless of some issues they’ve mentioned about one another through the years.
If the Sixers lastly get out of the second spherical, Nurse will expertise all of the love the Metropolis of Brotherly Love has to supply. If he loses? Nurse can count on to be accosted by a fan in a Jerome Brown Eagles jersey telling him to, “Vibrate on this frequency!”