By Art Beitchman

The long awaited pro sports return after a three-and-a-half month halt due to the COVID-19 outbreak is almost here.

It’s not a shock the NBA is first in line to get its act together.

MLB continues to be out to lunch while players and owners can’t figure out how to cut up millions of dollars in a abbreviated season — that’s another story.

The Sixers appear to be all healed up with Ben Simmons’ back all good and Joel Embiid healthy and in good shape as play starts again on July 31 inside Walt Disney World’s complex in Orlando, Fla.

Out of 22 teams, the Sixers are a 20-1 shot, sixth best to walk away with the Larry O’Brien trophy.

Will Al Horford start or come off the bench? That’s still a question mark. One possibility is to insert Shake Milton (above) at the small forward, then move Tobias Harris to power forward, allowing Embiid more room to maneuver in the low post and foul line area.

Horford would come off the bench and theoretically give them quality minutes while Embiid rests. If that scenario works out, the second unit would give this club a boost it hasn’t had the last few season.

Either way, the Sixers can use this time off to redeem what many have thought to be a lackluster season.

We shall see in July when sports in the U.S. gets its pro basketball league going again.





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