Allen IversonHe comes out of his daylong "retirement" to play for a team and city that loved (loves?) him. He goes from down and out to stepping onto the Wachovia Center floor in front of a sold-out crowd against his former team, the Denver Nuggets. He's in the news, on the court, in our minds.
Ed SniderWho cares if three years ago he said A.I.'s time here was over? That was a lot of empty seats ago. The Sixers, for however long it lasts, are relevant. The bottom line is boosted.
Bandwagon 76ers fansSay what you will, but if you haven't been to a Sixers game since A.I. left, yet you have your tickets for Monday night, this A.I. signing is for you.
Modell's jersey salesWhere else would the bandwagon fans get their jerseys for Monday night's game?
76ers ticket officeThe ticket office can put the recycled gimmicks (Hip Hop, Kiss Cam, Hare Raisers) to rest for one night. These tickets sell themselves.
Ed StefanskiAt this point, does it matter whose decision this was? If A.I. works and wins games, glory be to A.I. If it implodes, the burden rests on Stefanski. Sounds like a lose-lose.
Elton BrandDoes anyone even remember the excitement Brand's signing caused in '08? The memory is faded, like an old postcard. A.I.'s presence will push Brand - on the court and off - even further from our conscience.
Jrue HolidayThe kid was going to start; he was going to play big-time minutes. Now he will be watching A.I. do his thing. If A.I. is a great mentor, then why haven't the Sixers' young players - players A.I. left behind in '06 - flourished since his departure?
Die-hard 76ers fansThese are the folks who have watched the rebuilding process, in a half-empty building, and have a vision of how things could be, if not how they are just yet. These are the folks wearing the "Play Holiday" shirts.
Andre IguodalaHe's the perfect No. 2 option, he really is. But there's no way around the acknowledgment in this move that he isn't the team's No. 1 option, that it can't win with him as the go-to guy.
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