Get your jokes in about the team exiting relevance six months ago, but the Sixers have taken a strange step to start their offseason, forgoing the usual round of player exit interviews conducted at the conclusion of each season.
WIP and KYW Newsradio's Jon Johnson was first to give us a heads up:
Should point out there will be NO player exit interviews. Can't recall that ever happening. #Sixers— Jon Johnson (@jonjohnsonwip) April 14, 2016
@jonjohnsonwip did they give a reason? That seems insane.— Spike Eskin (@SpikeEskin) April 14, 2016
@SpikeEskin did them in CHI. Yup.— Jon Johnson (@jonjohnsonwip) April 14, 2016
@jonjohnsonwip oh, so they did them though.— Spike Eskin (@SpikeEskin) April 14, 2016
@SpikeEskin in front of 2 reporters— Jon Johnson (@jonjohnsonwip) April 14, 2016
Exit interview day is normally somewhat of an event, and in the past we've even recapped some of the big takeaways from the ordeal. This year, we'd have a lot bigger concerns than the weight Nerlens Noel hopes to play at next season, and it seems like they would be more important than ever.
Whether this is a harbinger of what's to come or a respite for players who have gone through a lot this season, it's strange stuff either way.
UPDATE: Sixers Director of PR Michael Preston further clarified on Twitter
@KyleNeubeck Exit interviews were conducted over season's final three days (in PHL, TOR, CHI) between Coach Brown & each individual player.— Michael Preston (@preston76) April 14, 2016