76ers' Harris: No Shortcuts To Become Elite Team For Long Period
The Philadelphia 76ers won just 19 games this season while stripping its roster in the process.
"I think the season has been a huge success for us," Harris said Friday. "Obviously, I don't like to lose. In terms of having to live through a losing season, it's tough. It was incredibly fun to take down the Bulls [in the first round of the 2012 playoffs] my first year, when we were seeded eighth and they were seeded first.
"And I want to be back in the playoffs, and I want this team competing for the championship," Harris said. "And that's kind of what we're trying to do, but obviously to do that, to get to that point where you're an elite team for a long period of time, there's no shortcuts. We came into the season knowing that it would be a long season, that we were going to be putting building blocks in place."
When asked about tanking the season, Harris said, "we don't use that word."
"We played every game to win, and this is where we finished," he said. "It's a very deep draft. I think we're in great shape. … We don't want to be 41-41. We don't want to be one-and-done [in the playoffs]. That's not what we want as an ownership group. We want this city to be proud of the Sixers. And we want to be proud of the Sixers. And we want this to be an elite team that's competing year-in and year-out for a championship. And we looked at our ability to do that, having finished with 35 wins [in the 2011-12 season and 34 wins in 2012-13], and we said, 'It's a long road without a rebuilding process.' That's what led us to the current process."