Thursday, February 5th, 2009 at 5:13 pm  |  38 responses

Elton Brand Out For Season

by Ryne Nelson

I don’t believe in karma, but I admit there are times when it seems pretty damn real. Now is one of those times.

Before Brand dislocated his right shoulder Dec. 17, he was averaging just 13.8 points and 8.8 rebounds. He was like a wrench in the Sixers’ system, and not the missing piece to the Sixers’ machine. Phil Jasner of the Philly Daily News has the report:

Sixers forward Elton Brand is out for the season and will have shoulder surgery as early as Monday, a team source confirmed for the Daily News.

The injury is bad news for Brand, but what’s worse is his injury actually makes the Sixers a better team. Andre Iguodala, who clearly struggled with his new role, has flourished as the team’s No. 1 option. They’re moving up the court quicker, playing better defense and using their athleticism to its full advantage. They’re far from contenders, but the team just seems better without Brand.

Not to say the Sixers can’t work it out with Brand next season, but it seems like snatching the summer’s biggest free agent fish from out the Clippers’ net has come back to bite them.

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  • http://fdklf.com Jukai


  • http://fdklf.com Jukai

    This is the season for failed trades

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Even though it wasn’t a trade.

  • ENDSwing

    Giving Grant Hill a run for his money as Worst Free Agent Signing EVER

  • thesubwayconnection

    Wow. This is a week of seasons ending. Terrible news for Brand.

  • ciroqobama

    At least now Coach Dunleavy has a reason to smile

  • http://housethatglanvillebuilt.blogspot.com Reverend Paul Revere

    Let the lesson be learned: NEVER TRUST A DUKIE!

  • ENDSwing

    ^ WOW

  • ENDSwing

    You cant argue with the Rev. Somewhere Bobby Hurley stopped trying to make his comback

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  • Dennis Wise

    he should have stayed in la with baron

  • Dennis Wise

    anybody interested in learning about boxing?

  • http://www.pistonscast.com John W. Davis

    What about my fantasy team!!!!!

  • http://www.kayceonline.com/blog/ Kevin

    karma’s a b*tch

  • tenorca

    It’s called the Clipper curse. Pray for Eric Gordon, Marcus Camby, and, uh…Ricky Davis.

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    Somewhere, B Diddy is laughing. Then realizing how royally f**ked his situation is and then crying.

  • http://yungbolo.blogspot.com YungBolo

    HAHAHHAHHAHAHAHAHA, that’s what he gets. His career is done, he’ll never get to come back to LA to get boo’d.

  • Ken

    Pray for Omarion.

  • donlaker

    trade him back to the clippers, but b dizzle will say nay, karma kicks arse
    memo: to elton your director/movie mogul chair awaits

  • http://myspace.com/arodakaroman and1ballermj2350

    Im sure B-diddy had a chuckle. Dude should have stayed in L.A. knowing the Clips org was in signing talks with B-diddy. I guess he didn’t want to be in no ones shadow. Go Iggy!!

  • Todd Spehr

    Was Elton Brand ever “In” for the season?

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    damn. Serious Ewing theory confirmation here.

  • Gumdrop

    Can we call this the curse of Frankie Munez?

  • Pistons_Go

    Elton Brand out for season=76ers are now weak-sauce

  • http://lineofthenight.com Shannon Booher

    Wow. Now he and Carlos Boozer are completely free to concoct diabolical schemes together… I’m scared.

  • riggs

    hahaha @ dennis wise aka cutty

  • vmcb

    Its a good thing the Sixers play better when hes not in the line up anyway.

  • Tim

    Athletism? I think you mean athleticism.

  • mdshuai33

    I’m going to have to disagree about Brand or Grant Hill being the worst free agent signing ever. I would say Eric Dampier is just about as bad as it gets; he produces less when healthy, and yet gets paid more for it. That’s what you call the Mark Cuban Effect. Translation: we as an organization are willing to throw ridiculous amounts of money away on players who are either no longer/never were worth it, but refuse to hold on to the talent we have if they ask for more than we are willing to give them. We also reserve the right to make either detrimental or useless trades midway through the season in order to make our old, slow team even older and slower. How ’bout them Mavericks?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Sorry Khalid.

  • http://www.slamonline.com mat smith

    he has been more Elton John than Brand last 2 years, I remember watching the playoffs against the Suns a while back and Elton was scary good.

  • http://docfunk.blogspot.com Doc Funk

    once goes the Achilles, soon does everything else. Ask antoine walker.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Khalid has been awfully quiet on this web site lately. Is he still a staffer?!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    THis and the Ridnour injury are both BETTER for the teams. Now Thad YOung can start at Power Forward, Iggy gets to play Small Forward (his natural position), and Speights gets playtime. I like Speights.

  • Khalid Salaam

    Sixers still can’t score consistently in the half-court. Which is the reason they went out and got Brand in the 1st place. I thought the signing of brand was a worthwhile risk. you win some, you lose some, it is what it is. (i’m not gonna do the knee-jerk after the fact reaction stuff thats so fashionable now) he can rest and heal and give it another shot next year. sixers will still be in the playoffs tho….

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Regardless Kha, i’m excited to see what Speights does with more playing time. Also, who was that Dalmebert fella last night who grabbed 20 boards? He seems to be pretty good.

  • CHE

    They need to trade Brand to get someone who is a better fit for their team. Sixers are better without him and he is always injured from the day he set foot on an NBA floor. Trade him for Sean Marion

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ SPANOULIS

    i was going to write something on Brand but the memory of him playing in the paint in international competition will always influence my opinion on him…he was a boy among men,i was feeling bad for him and afraid not get hurted…being able to play power forward in the NBA (and to be considered a good one) just shows how much the game there has changed and how much softer it has become in comparison to Europe….