1) Wow, one of the greatest players of all-time compared the Sixers to oatmeal. The NBA is amazing.
2) “Everyone wants instant oatmeal” would be a pretty good name for a book about this Philadelphia team under general manager Sam Hinkie. It would look great on a T-shirt, too.
3) Honestly, instant oatmeal isn’t that great.
4) James knows what he’s talking about. While he’s never experienced losing quite like the Sixers have, he missed the playoffs in his first two seasons in the NBA. When he joined the Miami Heat, it took an entire season — and a crushing Finals loss — for the group to find its identity. Last year, he said that his “patience would get tested” in Cleveland, and he was right: the team started 19-20 before turning everything around. He knows what it’s like to take tons of criticism while trying to focus on long-term goals.