By Matt Bowker

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Sixers are — to put it mildly — not living up to expectations. More than halfway through the NBA season, the preseason darlings sit in sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

The Sixers are an appalling 9-18 on the road this year, they have no offensive identity and look lost on any given night. Not much is going right.

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Former Sixer and current TNT analyst Charles Barkley let the team have it ahead of the team’s game at Milwaukee on Thursday night.

“You know, I picked the Sixers to get to the finals. I think they are the softest, mentally-weakest team. They have a bunch of talent. They are the Cleveland Browns of the NBA,” Barkley said.

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Much like the Sixers, the Cleveland Browns made plenty of flashy moves last offseason and were a popular sleeper pick. How did that work out?

A 6-10 record and head coach Freddie Kitchens was fired following the season. Their beloved mascot, Swagger, even retired midseason.

Will Sixers head coach Brett Brown be fired? Will Franklin also retire?

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It’s been an ugly season in Philly but at least that gave us this glorious Barkley rant.