David writes opinion and analysis pieces, with a heavy emphasis on the four professional sports teams.

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The NBA will be back, and all of us will be better off. Especially the Sixers. | David Murphy

Very few businesses can forfeit a quarter of their revenue and remain solvent. Assuming the playoffs take place, the Sixers will be better off for the delay.

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Sixers owner Josh Harris absent on a night team should not have played due to coronavirus pandemic | David Murphy

Elsewhere in the country, a pandemic raged: a thousand diagnosed cases, a president preparing to address the nation. But at the Wells Fargo Center, a 20,000-seat arena, the economy marched on.

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Don’t dismiss Jimmy Butler’s podcast critique of Brett Brown. We’ve heard it elsewhere. | David Murphy

In a podcast interview with JJ Redick, Butler said he did not know his role with the Sixers, a complaint other players have echoed.

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Could Kenny Atkinson be the Sixers’ next coach? Sure, but his Nets demise is a cautionary tale. | David Murphy

The Nets’ firing of Atkinson shines a light on the risk the Sixers would be taking by replacing Brett Brown.

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A Bleacher Report story accuses Philadelphia of hating Markelle Fultz, and gets everything about the city wrong | David Murphy

The narrative that Philly fans did not support the Sixers' embattled No. 1 overall pick is unfair and demonstrably incorrect

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Sixers observations: Tobias Harris is going to need more games like this. At least they’re still better than the Knicks! | David Murphy

Harris was the primary scorer the Sixers needed him to be. But make no mistake: the upcoming stretch is going to be a slog.

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The Sixers roster is crumbling into disaster. The architects are to blame. | David Murphy

With their two young stars injured, the Sixers must suddenly make do with a roster that has been ravaged by development failures and inefficient expenditures.

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Simmons’ injury is a problem for Sixers’ long-term plans, partnership with Embiid | David Murphy

The Sixers are much better with both Embiid and Simmons than neither. But both Embiid and Simmons have been at their best without the other, as has the team.

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Ben Simmons might be the Sixers’ real MVP. His injury means Tobias Harris must earn his contract. | David Murphy

If Simmons really has surpassed Joel Embiid in his importance to the roster, Harris will get a chance to live up to his max contract in the point guard’s absence.

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Sixers observations: Ben Simmons’ back injury, another blown lead, Tobias Harris emerges. Oh, and Joel Embiid | David Murphy

Joel Embiid was dominant. Tobias Harris was an effective second fiddle.