Nov 4, 2012, 12:06 PM EDT
The Sixers have gotten off easy at the start of the 2012-13 NBA season, with only one game in the first five days of the season. It gets real today, though, with the first of a home-and-home back-to-back with the New York Knicks, fellow 1-0 leaders of the Atlantic Division. Still no Bynum, natch, but with the Sixers on pace to go 82-0 in their first season of the post-Iguodala era, hey, what’s the rush?
Nov 1, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT
When last night’s game against the Nuggets came and went without news of a contract extension for the Sixers’ starting fourth-year point guard Jrue Holiday, with Oct. 31st being the deadline for ’09 draftee extensions, it looked all but sure that Jrue would head to restricted free agency next summer to seek the max contract he had reportedly been asking. However, it appears team and player put their heads together after the season-opening win and came to an agreement: A four-year, $41-million deal with another five million being rumored in “incentives,” whatever that means.
Personally, I’m elated. First and perhaps foremost, just because they’ve settled the issue and it doesn’t have to hang over the team all season, with everyone (especially us) worrying about whether Jrue was playing himself into big money, or playing himself out of a contract.
Oct 31, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT
How many times are you gonna win a game when every non-frontcourt player you have shoots a combined 17-57? Well, the answer is at least “once,” as that’s exactly what the Philadelphia 76ers did tonight in their season opener hosting the Denver Nuggets. The Sixers shot a teamwide 35%, but forced 22 turnovers, blocked 11 shots, and held the much-hyped Nuggets to a resounding 37.5% from the field themselves, leading for the great majority of the game and fending off a fourth-quarter surge to ruin Andre Iguodala’s already-mixed homecoming at the WFC. No Big Macs, but Sixers fans will have to do with an 84-75 victory.
Oct 31, 2012, 6:23 PM EDT
Man, it feels like it’s been a hundred games since Andre Iguodala last set foot on the floor at the Wells Fargo Center, but in fact, it’s been 0 games—the ink probably isn’t even dry on Dre’s new lease agreement in Denver and already, he’s gotta come back to city where he balled for the last eight seasons to announce his presence with authority once more. Course, this time, he’ll be wearing yellow, white and light-blue rather than red, white and regular-blue—love those unis—as a member of the Denver Nuggets, in his first professional basketball game for a team besides the 76ers.
Of course, this wasn’t supposed to be the headline for tonight’s game. The headline for tonight’s game was supposed to be the debut of our own big-ticket acquisition, and the guy we shipped Andre out of town to bring in, one Andrew Bynum.
Oct 30, 2012, 3:57 PM EDT
In years’ past, there’d be no real need for a column about where former Sixers are playing now, since the team was so focused on keeping its core intact that if the Sixers let one of their guys go, chances were pretty good he’d already have one foot out of the league. Not the case anymore, especially after this last off-season, and now a number of post-Iverson era Liberty Ballers have found themselves some new digs. With the NBA regular season kicking off tonight, hooray, here’s a brief refresher about where our old guys are at now.
We start with Elton Brand below and run all the way through guys you probably forgot about, like Jason Smith.
Oct 29, 2012, 11:23 AM EDT
We went into this off-season here at the 700 Level just wanting something different. It’d been a half-decade of basically the same movie with the 76ers—four years out of five where the Liberty Ballers squeaked into the playoffs with a record around .500, put up a good fight in the post-season but ultimately were exposed for their lack of talent, retooled with a couple low-leverage signings and trades and a mid-first-round draft pick, extended their core and ran the same reel again next year. If something didn’t change this year, coming off a post-season where the Sixers managed to go seven games in the semis but clearly hit their peak as a team, and a number of key players were at or near the end of their contracts, we might have spent the rest of the decade winning 42 games a year and losing in the first round.
Well, something changed all right. A couple things, actually, and big things.
Oct 24, 2012, 7:40 PM EDT
It’s a long NBA off-season, and while Andrew Bynum is busy bending his knee backwards to see how long he can go without wincing, the other Philadelphia 76ers only know one way of coping with the spare time and restlessness: Endless tweeting. Most notably, Evan Turner, Twitter team MVP for each of his two seasons as a Liberty Baller (with no threat to the throne coming anytime soon), takes to social media to share his thoughts on life, love, the pursuit of happiness and J. Cole song lyrics.
While hopefully all of you are already following his timeline religiously, it’d be journalistically irresponsible for us to not keep you guys posted on what the Extraterrestrial’s been tweeting recently. So here’s what Evan’s been sharing on the Bluebird in the last few weeks:
Oct 23, 2012, 9:01 AM EDT
Thus endeth the pre-season for the Philadelphia 76ers, with a 98-91 win against the Knicks on neutral-ish territory in Syracuse. The Sixers dominated throughout the first two-and-a-half quarters, then almost let the Knicks erase a 20-plus-point deficit before sealing the deal in the fourth. Jason Richardson led the way with 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists, hitting two enormous threes late in the game to help fend off the surging ‘Bockers. Thaddeus Young also pitched in 22 on 10-12 shooting, and despite missing three starters in Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner and Andrew Bynum, the Sixers were able to end the pre-season with a win, finishing their exhibition schedule 6-1, with the one loss coming against Brooklyn in overtime.
Oct 19, 2012, 10:28 PM EDT
The Sixers held off the Nets for their third straight pre-season victory, without Andrew Bynum or Evan Turner.
Oct 16, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT
No Andrew Bynum, no problem—we got Lavoy Allen and Spencer Hawes manning the middle, we got all we need. Okay, even John Mitchell probably wouldn’t try to make that argument, but the Sixers put together an excellent pre-season performance against the Boston Celtics tonight (the first televised game of the pre-season) without their eventual starting center, with Allen and Hawes combining for 28 points on 11-16 shooting. The Sixers found separation in the third quarter and secured the win (and some free Big Macs, natch) by a comfortable 107-75 margin.
Oct 11, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT
Raul Ibanez’s 2011 NLDS Splits for the Phillies: .200/.200/.400
Raul Ibanez’s 2012 ALDS Splits for the Yankess Through Three Games: .600/.666/1.500
Remember last year when Raul Ibanez hit a fly ball to deep right in Game Five of the NLDS, and the TBS cameraman panned up and out like it was gonna be a second-decker or something, and instead it dropped innocuously into Lance Berkman’s glove a couple feet short of the track? That was frustrating—especially considering how, you know, the Phillies didn’t score at all that game and they ended up losing the game 1-0 and the series 3-2.
Oct 5, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT
Yes, the MLB playoffs start today, and no, the Phillies aren’t involved. It was a close call to being a close call there for a minute, but ultimately, the Phillies fell out, and few could reasonably argue that they were one of the ten best MLB teams this year, anyway. So while we continued to keep an eye on the Phillies as they looked to the future (sort of) with the likes of Domonic Brown, Tyler Cloyd and Darin Ruf, some of us started scouting the teams that had an actual chance of playing beyond Game 162—four of whom start play today, in a pair of play-in games, with the other six that made it kicking off over the weekend.
Aug 20, 2012, 2:08 AM EDT
It’s a long NBA off-season, and while Andrew Bynum is busy running up and down the Rocky steps like he’s always dreamed, the other Philadelphia 76ers only know one way of coping with the spare time and restlessness: Endless tweeting. Most notably, Evan Turner, Twitter team MVP for each of his two seasons as a Liberty Baller (with no threat to the throne coming anytime soon), takes to social media to share his thoughts on life, love, the pursuit of happiness and J. Cole song lyrics.
Aug 16, 2012, 10:54 AM EDT
This week, I’ll be saying a proper goodbye to some longtime Sixers players that won’t be suiting up in the Red, White and Blue next season. Today: Andre Iguodala, traded to Denver as part of the deal for Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson.
Aug 15, 2012, 10:46 AM EDT
Continuing our look at departed Sixers, today we remember Lou Williams.
Aug 14, 2012, 10:46 AM EDT
This week, I’ll be saying a proper goodbye to some longtime Sixers players that won’t be suiting up in the Red, White and Blue next season. First up: Power forward Elton “Sugar Bear” Brand, amnestied by management and now signed with the Dallas Mavericks.
Aug 12, 2012, 12:17 PM EDT
Team USA pulled away from Spain late to win the Gold medal, though for Philly fans the win is bittersweet.
Aug 11, 2012, 11:55 AM EDT
With the Sixers shocking the basketball world—OK, nobody really cares about their part of the deal except for us—by pulling off what appears to be something of a heist for Lakers’ All-NBA center Andrew Bynum, we had to reach out to friend of the blog Michael Levin of Liberty Ballers for a chance to celebrate some legitimately positive news for once.
Aug 9, 2012, 11:18 PM EDT
Multiple sources are reporting that Andre Iguodala and others are being dealt for All-Star center Andrew Bynum from the Lakers.
Aug 8, 2012, 10:54 AM EDT
While hopefully all of you are already following his timeline religiously, it’d be journalistically irresponsible for us to not keep you guys posted on what the Extraterrestrial’s been tweeting recently. So here’s what Evan’s been sharing on the Bluebird in the last week:
Aug 6, 2012, 10:25 AM EDT
With a victory today, the team will finish the first round with a Group A-best 5-0 record, and a chance to play the fourth-place team from Group B in the Quarterfinal round on Wednesday, likely to be Team Australia.
Jul 29, 2012, 11:45 AM EDT
Team USA easily handled their first opponent, ending with a 98-71 victory.
Jul 16, 2012, 10:19 AM EDT
how did the Sixers do in what we here at the Level have been calling the most pivotal off-season in the franchise’s post-AI history? Well, let’s break it down into a series of questions.
Jul 13, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT
According to Woj, the Sixers have signed center Kwame Brown to a two-year contract worth $6 million in total.
Jul 9, 2012, 9:06 PM EDT
The 2012 first-round pick of the Philadelphia 76ers has his professional debut against the Pacers.
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