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  1. Let’s honor Jim Fregosi’s memory by remembering the time he said WIP was a bunch of literal motherf—ers

    Feb 14, 2014, 12:17 PM EDT


    Jim Fregosi, baseball lifer and Phillies manager for a half-decade in the early-to-mid ’90s, died this morning of complications resulting from a severe stroke, as reported by CSNPhilly. Oldest son Jim Fregosi Jr. says Jim Sr. “went in peace with no pain.” Phillies President David Montgomery commented on the manager’s contribution to franchise history, saying…

  2. The blowout-prone ’13-’14 Sixers: In good historical company

    Feb 11, 2014, 10:35 AM EDT


    If points lost by were musical notes, the Philadelphia 76ers would have composed Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band over their last two outings. One night and a couple hundred miles north after getting blown out 123-78 by the Clippers in LA, the Sixers paid a similar favor to their friends (including one particularly familiar…

  3. So that happened: Sixers lose to Clippers by 45, make case for NBA relegation

    Feb 10, 2014, 8:59 AM EDT

    NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Los Angeles Clippers

    It’s not often as a basketball writer you get the privilege of saying that not only did your team just lose by 45, but it wasn’t nearly as close as the 123-78 final score made it seem. There’s probably been a basketball game before where a team trailed by the score of 89-33–maybe even a…

  4. If every game was decided by five points or less, the Sixers would be finals contenders

    Jan 30, 2014, 12:29 PM EDT


    Here’s the two stats that tell you just about everything you need to know about this Philadelphia 76ers season. 1. The Sixers’ record in games decided by five points or fewer: 8-2 2. The Sixers’ record in games decided by six points or more: 7-29 Going into this season I hoped for one thing above…

  5. Evan Turner hits buzzer-beater to beat Celtics in game nobody really wanted to win

    Jan 29, 2014, 10:49 PM EDT

    NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics

    Evan Turner, God bless him. Don’t talk to him about shot selection. Don’t talk to him about All-Star status. And definitely don’t talk to him about tanking. Say what you will about our oft-maligned small forward–and I’ve used dozens of thousands of words over the last four seasons saying just about everything about the man–but…

  6. The 76ers have lost three games in a row at home, so let’s talk draft targets

    Jan 28, 2014, 2:36 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball: Battle4Atlantis-Kansas vs Wake Forest

    Evan Turner can talk about the Philadelphia 76ers trying to sneak into the playoffs all he wants, but even in the deplorable Eastern Conference, the Sixers are starting to slip well out of any kind of postseason contention. Their 14-31 record leaves them 4.5 games behind the Bobcats for the eighth seed in the playoffs,…

  7. Sixers lose admirably to Midwest demigod and his mildly impressive apostles

    Jan 25, 2014, 10:15 PM EDT

    NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder at Philadelphia 76ers

    No shame in this one. The Philadelphia 76ers scrapped their little hearts out tonight, and lost to a team that will probably be kicking themselves for actually having to try all the way through the fourth quarter. Kevin Durant added another line item to his MVP resume (though one that probably wouldn’t even make the…

  8. Sixers lose, but Thaddeus Young gives us a couple highlights for our troubles

    Jan 24, 2014, 9:46 PM EDT

    NBA: Toronto Raptors at Philadelphia 76ers

    Whatever positive momentum the Philadelphia 76ers carried over from their win in New York on Wednesday fizzled by the second half of tonight’s home game against the Atlantic-leading Toronto Raptors, whose backcourt of All-Star hopefuls basically beat the Sixers on their lonesome tonight. The Sixers played the Raptors tough for two-and-a-half quarters, but the offense…

  9. Just when you thought you were out: Evan Turner has career game in Knicks win

    Jan 23, 2014, 10:29 AM EDT

    NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at New York Knicks

    After an incredibly impressive start to the season, in which Evan Turner seemed like a completely different player–a smart, efficient, hard-working scorer who knew his limitations and knew how to succeed in spite of them–Evan proved not long thereafter that he was, in fact, still Evan Turner. He still takes questionable shots, he still tries…

  10. What the hell has been going on with Sixers garbage time lately?

    Jan 20, 2014, 5:38 PM EDT

    NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Washington Wizards

    With their 107-99 loss to the Wizards in Monday’s MLK matinee–not really as close as that final score makes it look–the Philadelphai 76ers have lost three straight, and seven of eight. This is, of course, not particularly surprising: Despite winning four straight on the road prior to their recent cold spell, just about everything pointed…

  11. Sixer Big Man Update: Dedmon in, Moultrie on his way, Noel on the horizon

    Jan 16, 2014, 1:35 PM EDT


    It’s been a situation in flux behind Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes in the Sixers’ frontcourt rotation this season. Royce White, Gani Lawal, Daniel Orton have all come and gone, Lavoy Allen has shuttled in and out of the lineup with various maladies, and the only guy who seems to be able to nail down…

  12. Jrue goes down: We mourn while selfishly celebrating (but not too much)

    Jan 10, 2014, 3:06 PM EDT

    The injuries in the NBA are now piling up to near-historic proportions, particularly in the point-guard ranks, where the extended absences of Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Rajon Rondo, Chris Paul and Eric Bledsoe have robbed the NBA at least an eighth of its overall watchability. Now, the lame can add another newcomer to their ranks–Pelicans…

  13. Sixers get blown out by Minnesota, sky unfalls

    Jan 7, 2014, 12:07 PM EDT

    NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Philadelphia 76ers

    In the words of a man whose name is an anagram for “oral sex,” all we need is just a little patience. Philadelphia 76er fans were losing their collective minds a couple days ago after the team’s unexpected road upset in Portalnd, and not totally unreasonably so, considering the win was their fourth straight on…

  14. The Sixers just beat one of the NBA’s best teams. What the hell do we do now?

    Jan 5, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

    NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Portland Trail Blazers

    You would think that watching the 76ers pull off a road upset of the 26-7 Portland Trail Blazers about an hour or so after the Eagles came up just short in Philadelphia’s first big four playoff game since May of 2012 would help ease the heartbreak of sports fans in the City of Brotherly Love,…

  15. Do any of the Sixers have a legitimate case for making the All-Star team?

    Jan 2, 2014, 12:49 PM EDT

    NBA: San Antonio Spurs at Philadelphia 76ers

    After his fine performance last night against the Nuggets in Denver, sideline reporter Molly Sullivan asked Philadelphia 76ers breakout performer (of sorts) Evan Turner about his All-Star chances. The question took me by surprise, but not Evan, who clearly had been given the question some thought himself, and encouraged the Sixers’ PR peons to get…

  16. Sixers stay undefeated in 2014, clinch not having worst record of all-time with 10th W

    Jan 2, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

    NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Denver Nuggets

    Once upon a time, there were knowledgeable basketball folk who predicted the 2013-14 Philadelphia 76ers would present a legitimate challenge to the Sixer team of four decades earlier and their record for all-time futility in an 82-win season, when the squad went 9-73 back in ’73. As one of his Bold Predictions for the ’13-’14…

  17. We should put Thaddeus Young’s name in trade rumors more often

    Dec 30, 2013, 10:42 AM EDT

    NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers

    You never know how players are going to react to trade rumors. Sometimes the ego-bruising involved in being mentioned in them at all takes a while to recover from, as might the disappointment of such a deal ultimately not coming to fruition. The latter seemed it could have been a particular worry for our fed-up…

  18. Evan Turner unleashes awesome game-ending dunk, apologizes profusely to Lakers immediately after

    Dec 30, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT


    Let it never be said that Evan Turner is above a little good ol’-fashioned stat-padding. With the Sixers escaping Los Angeles in last night with what looked to be a 109-104 victory–and really, if you thought there was another Philly sporting event last night that was more of a must-watch than Spencer Hawes vs. Jordan…

  19. The 700 Level’s 25 favorite Philly wins (and ten least-favorite losses) of 2013

    Dec 23, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    APTOPIX Lions Eagles Football

    It wasn’t long ago that our year-end lists of best and worst Philly games of the year were chock full of things like playoff clinchers, post-season upsets, and crushing losses when a championship legitimately seemed in reach. Sad to say, the stakes for sports in the city of Philadelphia were a lot lower in 2013,…

  20. The Sixers won a game last night

    Dec 21, 2013, 10:03 AM EDT


    Ohhh, Evan. Our boy ET has been heavy in the thick of the worst stretch of play of his season, averaging just 13 points a contest on 37% shooting over his last six games, dropping his field goal percentage to below 45% and his PER to below league-average–and that’s just his offense, as his defense…

  21. Thaddeus Young: Not traded, playing tonight, probably alongside Michael Carter-Williams

    Dec 20, 2013, 5:13 PM EDT

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    Rough 48 hours for Thaddeus Young. Well, rough week if you extend to include the Philadelphia 76ers’ blowout in Brooklyn, and rough year if you…well, let’s not rehash the whole Megillah. But the last few days have likely been especially trying, as Young’s name was mentioned repeatedly in trade rumors for disenchanted Rockets center Omer…

  22. Joe Johnson hangs 29 on Sixers in third quarter, it’s just another day

    Dec 16, 2013, 10:11 PM EDT

    NBA: Los Angeles Clippers at Brooklyn Nets

    Sometimes, you feel so sad. The Philadelphia 76ers’ three-point defense has been historically woeful this season–tonight was their sixth game allowing an opposing team 15+ triples in a game, which is already an NBA record with a whole lotta games to go–but this was easily a new low. Nets shooting guard Joe Johnson–a good shooter…

  23. Mission Accomplished: Sixers back at bottom of Atlantic Division standings

    Dec 15, 2013, 11:12 AM EDT

    NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Philadelphia 76ers

    Well, it’s been a long road back to redemption since starting the season 3-0, but now it’s official: The Sixers are once again the worst. After back-to-back losses this weekend–making it six in a row, but who’s counting–to the Raptors and Blazers, and with a miracle win for the Knicks last night against Atlanta, the…

  24. We’re comparing Michael Carter-Williams to who now?

    Dec 11, 2013, 1:22 PM EDT


    As exciting as the first month-plus of Philadelphia 76ers rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams’ career has been, we’re long-trained as sports fans to be a little wary of any hot start by an athlete that seems a little bit too good to be true. After all, MCW was taken with the 11th pick in a…

  25. This Grantland profile on Andre Iguodala is probably the best thing you’ll read today

    Dec 11, 2013, 10:29 AM EDT

    NBA: Golden State Warriors at Philadelphia 76ers

    Well, the best thing not on this website, anyway. Master profiler Jonathan Abrams has taken on longtime NBA enigma (and Philadelphia 76er of nearly a decade) Andre Iguodala with his latest opus, and the article paints a typically complete, compelling and complex portrait of the oft-misunderstood baller. You should really go to Grantland and read…