PHILADELPHIA – While Philadelphia 76ers finally fell in love with the second half of night on Monday night at the Vells Fargo Center against the unhappy Phoenix Suns, backup guard T.J. Looks like McConnell is right in the middle of it.
His static line – two points, one jump, one assistant and two steals in eight minutes and 31 seconds – was nothing special. However, the Hastings surpassed the Sun by six points in their time on the field, and any time McConnell did something, the audience he was selling here showered him with love.
However, as he did, Markelle Fultz watched from the bench as he was in favor of McConnell while coach Brett Braun attempted to give in to his injection in life. And after McConnell did exactly this, helping to lift Philadelphia to victory 119-114 – third straight victory – coach Sikster Brett Brown will not be bound to any player, because his guard for point protection is moving forward.
"I do not know," Brown said after the victory on Monday.
When asked what would inform his decision, Brown said: "When I think about the dialogue and see who we played, the next opponent, all the things I need to do."
For his part, Fultz, who missed both shooting, took seven minutes to score, pushing the situation, saying he supported the team, including Brovn and McConnell, no matter how much they played.
"Our relationship is more than a teammate," Fultz said. "We both want to see each other well, and we want to see this victory, so whenever one of us goes to the field, we're probably getting used to each other more than most people. That's right.
"You definitely want to go out and compete … I'm a competitor, but the coach eventually decided to do it, so I have to live with it." "I'm going to the field, going there and playing." But while TJ was there, I I'm torturing him.
"It's not that I'm sitting on the bench or anything else. I want to be there, but I will have to suffer for my colleagues."
The fact that Brown does not deal with minutes for Fultz, the number one in the draft less than 18 months ago, shows how many things have changed in Philadelphia, and how difficult it is for him and the one who found himself. the organization has gone a long way to try to put Fultz in the strongest possible position to succeed.
Before the season started, he said that Fultz would be on the starting line – despite the fact that Philadelphia originally started five Ben Simmons, J.J. Redik, Robert Kovington, Dario Saric and Joel Embieid are among the best of the NBA.
Shortly thereafter, Braun said Redick will start the other half of the match, while Fultz will remain in the first five points. When Jimmy Butler finished trading last week, and Sikers had a list with three dominant stars (Simmons, Butler and Embiid) and a lack of space, Brown pulled out the plug for that experiment and returned the Redik to the home unit to give Philadelphia some needed photo.
After Fultz lost two free throws in Miami a week ago, head coach Sikers Brett Brown told the ESPN that he found himself rooted out between wanting to do what was best for Fultz, and he also had to make sure that He is honest for the rest of his team.
"It is [difficult], "Brown told ESPN after winning in Miami last Monday, 124-114." Because you have a human side and responsibility towards an individual, but you mostly have responsibility for the team, and somewhere in that pyramid I have to understand the layers.
"There is no book that tells you how to do it, I use my sense and the best estimate and I keep it very honestly. When I feel something or see something and you can transfer it to you or the team or something, then I feel comfortable.
"And so Jimmy will get in, we will make a decision on what it looks like, and we will turn."
Then Braun's decision was yet another decision he did not want to speak publicly: would Fultz keep in the starting form, as he was, or to replace him with Redick.
The choice seemed obvious. Two days later, Redrick worked with the lead band during Philadelphia on Tuesday in Orlando, and Brovn announced his decision to start it later.
This situation could take place in a similar way.
McConnell is nowhere near the raw talent or pedigree that Fultz does. But he is a stable hand on the mine, and a strong reserve point – the one he showed, both in a series of regular season and during Philadelphia to the second round of the play, that he is capable of performing in big stages.
More importantly, he does not have to play with the ball in his hands. The same can not be said of Fultz, who due to his shooting problems could adapt to any team to do the job, let alone one with so many unpleasant answers in terms of domination of the ball and the gap.
However, at the same time, Sikers should strive to continue to nurture Fultz's trust in the hope that it can become something close to a player who was in his last season in Washington – or, at the very least, may have some visibility of trading value in order for Philadelphia to allow to supplement his order.
"It's part of that," Brown said, referring to the need to develop Fultz, and how it could influence his decision. "How big is it? I do not know.
"I heard your question, it's the responsibility to develop it, the responsibility to train the winning team, it's all on the table. It's part of what I've assessed and will make a decision on how it looks.
"But certainly it's part of it."
This is undoubtedly. However, by trading for Butler, Sikers went beyond being a team that crosses the line between the present and the future. By creating a 30-year-old star in the wintry year of his contract, Philadelphia now has both legs firmly planted in a winning mode.
Fultz, however, is not a player who is now a winner. And while Brown's decision to play McConnell over him, he shows that the internal tears of war between the attempt to develop it for the future and the victories in the present do not go away.