May 8, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT
When I talked a couple columns ago about how Thaddeus Young should probably considered tradeable by Sixers management, and potentially included in prospective off-season deals, I didn’t mean that he should be traded for just anybody. Indeed, the Sixers are in a place right now where they’re not in any particular rush to either improve…
May 7, 2013, 11:29 AM EDT
The way it’s been talked about so far, it’s almost as if the Sixers’ search for a new head coach exists in a vacuum. Brian Shaw and Mike Brown are at the top of the Sixers’ list. The Sixers are really high on Shaw and Mike Malone. The Sixers have officially reached out to Shaw.…
May 6, 2013, 12:07 PM EDT
Saturday Night Live’s skit on Michael Jordan’s recent wedding, featuring the likes of “Charles Barkley” and a bunch of coked-up halftime jugglers, was mostly forgettable. But it did feature a performance from Jay Pharoah as Dikembe Mutombo that is at least worth a click to check out. We’re suckers for all things finger-wag.
Ten Biggest Questions for the Sixers Off-Season: 7. Are Any of Our Mid-Level Free Agents Worth Re-Signing?
May 3, 2013, 11:55 AM EDT
As has been mentioned numerous times in this multi-part off-season review, one of the unquestionably smart things the Sixers did last off-season was to not take on any long-term contracts while rebuilding their team on the fly. Consequently, a number of guys we picked up while re-stocking our rotation–now missing such previous contributors as Lou Williams, Jodie Meeks, Andre Iguodala and Elton Brand–are already coming off the books, allowing us to get a trial sample of their work, and allowing us to make long-term decisions about their futures at season’s end.
This group includes Nick Young, Dorell Wright, Damien Wilkins, and Royal Ivey–though unfortunately, not Kwame Brown, unless Tony DiLeo makes him an offer he can’t refuse (free trip to Hershey Park?) and he opts out of the second year of his contract.
Ten Biggest Questions for the Sixers Off-Season: 8. Is Spencer Hawes Good Enough For Our Starting Center?
May 2, 2013, 1:10 AM EDT
It’s been a tough three years with Spencer Hawes in Philadelphia. Our prospect big man, who started 150 games over his first three seasons as a Sixer, has been the quintessential NBA tease over his time in Philly, playing well enough for stretches to gradually raise our expectations, until he pulls the bottom out from under us with a week or a month of subpar play, only to begin the cycle over again. The flashes of growth and unteachable talent are always offset by flashes of regression and general incompetence, and at the end of the day, it’s exceedingly difficult to tell if we have a really good NBA player who just needs to learn consistency, or a seven-foot mirage whose deficiencies will always outweigh his perceived “potential.”
May 1, 2013, 1:36 AM EDT
Quick refresher: Andrew Bynum is a professional basketball player in the NBA who didn’t play for the Philadelphia 76ers this season.
Alas, he appears to be doing what any sensible human being who made something in the area of an eight figure paycheck over the last year or so. He’s traveling the world.
Apr 29, 2013, 7:53 PM EDT
On one hand, Sixers guard Evan Turner has a point, the middle of the road is a place where a goose goes to get killed. On the other hand, sometimes geese have to traverse dangerous lanes in order to get to the rim of the pond for food, sustenance, and to go on living. However you feel about ET giving the geese some lip, you have to have mad respect for that mother goose. She’s right up in there, not backing down from Turner and his thousand pound motor vehicle, sticking up for her goslings. Love that kind of spark.
Apr 29, 2013, 2:24 AM EDT
The good and bad thing about the 76ers’ current state of supreme flexibility is that we don’t have a ton of players that we know for a fact are gonna be a big part of this team’s future. In the long-term sense, just about everybody on this team is expendable, and it wouldn’t be hugely surprising if two years from now, at least ten of the 12 guys who played the most minutes for the Sixers this year were wearing a different uniform (or in some cases, possibly out of the league altogether). Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes, Jason Richardson, Arnett Moultrie, even Kwame Brown–all of them can be had for the right price.
Apr 27, 2013, 3:51 PM EDT
The Philadelphia 76ers decision to acquire a team in the NBA D-League is universally regarded as a great move for the franchise. Naming them the Delaware 87ers on the other hand… that’s certainly up for plenty of debate.
Apr 26, 2013, 3:01 PM EDT
That boy Jrue, he nice. As nice as fellow point guard sensations Damian Lillard of Portland and John Wall of Washington, and as nice as Harlem-bred rapper A$AP Rocky, all of whom show up for this bizarre-but-kinda-cool Adidas commercial featuring the three young NBA stars playing basketball inside a gigantic shoe, their tale narrated by the aforementioned Rocky.
Apr 26, 2013, 1:49 PM EDT
As if we all needed another reason to love Sir Charles any more. This video of Shaquille O’Neal and Barkley having a bench-press off in some strange promotion for that new Marky Mark and The Rock movie is not embeddable, but if you click over to NBA.com you can watch the competition get serious.
Apr 26, 2013, 12:35 PM EDT
People love to give Sixers CEO Adam Aron and the team’s social media flack for their less-than-stellar track record using social tools such as Twitter. But to be fair, when we rip them for being boneheads, we should also point out when they nail one.
Apr 24, 2013, 1:21 PM EDT
The Sixers’ job is also made a tougher sell by the franchise’s current lack of direction. No coach with name value, who will surely have offers from other franchises, will want with this job without knowing exactly what the hell is going to happen with Andrew Bynum. Then again, that’s exactly what makes Shaw’s candidacy so interesting.
Apr 24, 2013, 10:22 AM EDT
It’s a long NBA post-season, and while Andrew Bynum is busy lighting various rooms in his house on fire for no particular reason, 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 three 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.
Apr 23, 2013, 10:07 AM EDT
Over the rest of the playoffs, while 16 teams compete for the Larry O’Brien trophy–none of which are the Philadelphia 76ers–I’ll be taking some time to focus on the long off-season that the Sixers have ahead of themselves, and the many burning questions that face them as they attempt to recover from the most disastrous season of the post-Iverson era. I’ll be addressing the ten biggest of those questions, counting down from ten to one, with the most-biggest hopefully coming around the time that it’s actually time for the wheeling and dealing to begin.
Four Awful Things About Allen Iverson from the WAPO’s Sad Portrayal of a Fallen Superstar (And One Loving Note)
Apr 22, 2013, 8:22 AM EDT
The Washington Post published a pretty fascinating article about one of the most polarizing athletes in Philadelphia sports history. Philly fans, myself included, absolutely loved watching Allen Iverson suit up and do mind-boggling things on the basketball court. But his off-the-court antics and questionable work ethic also infuriated.
Apr 20, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT
The Flyers were eliminated from playoff contention – technically, mathematically, and otherwise this time – by virtue of a Rangers victory on Friday, marking the first time since 1994 that all four major professional sports franchises in Philadelphia missed the postseason in succession.
Apr 19, 2013, 2:09 PM EDT
A very loyal The700Level.com reader sent us this story about a Chicago Area Man reportedly suing Derrick Rose. Check this out:
Apr 18, 2013, 11:52 AM EDT
Unlike last year’s Sixers squad, who I wrote at the and of last year “simultaneously far exceeded and fell well short of expectations,” there was nothing particularly contradictory or poetic about this year’s 76ers–they were built on a promise that was never delivered on, and fell apart from there. The team’s fate was sealed before the season even began, we just didn’t know it until 2/3 of the way through. This eulogy has been a long time coming, and will bring me neither closure nor satisfaction. This season was, with only a few minor exceptions, a complete waste of time.
Still, there were 17 players who took the court for the Liberty Ballers this season, and their efforts, whether acceptable or not, should be recognized. Here’s how this year’s Philadelphia 76ers grade out, in alphabetical order with some non-players at the bottom.
Apr 18, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT
Here is the anti-climactic finish to the anti-climactic season for the 76ers. As expected, Doug Collins stepped down from his post as head coach on Thursday morning at a news conference held less than 12 hours after the completion of a 34-48 record.
Apr 17, 2013, 6:08 PM EDT
Well, this is it, guys. The Pacers, who the Sixers visit on the road tonight in Indiana, will be going on to the post-season, while the Sixers themselves will not. It’s been a lousy, joyless season with just a few bright spots and a whole lot of questions for the future, and one that has been inching me towards death for at least a month now. I’ll have a whole lot more to say later, but I have nothing to say about this team at the moment except that I’m glad Jrue and Thad are for-real good, I’m glad that Doug Collins isn’t coming back as head coach next year, and I’m glad that tonight is the last time I will have to watch the Philadelphia 76ers play basketball this year.
Apr 16, 2013, 11:57 AM EDT
Guest post by Matthew Hammond
Doug Collins’ looming departure is yet another bad look for the Sixers.
But it could make way for the PR spin this team desperately needs.
Apr 15, 2013, 6:46 PM EDT
How did we let ourselves get caught by the Portland Trailblazers? Even though they couldn’t out-tank anyone in their own conference, it seemed like a sure thing that the Sixers would at least finish behind three lottery teams out West, but nooooooo–the stupid Blazers had to go on a Hail Mary of an 11-game losing streak, which coupled with the Sixers last two wins (not-super-impressive victories over the Wizards and Cavaliers) means that Portland and Philly are now dead even at 33-49, with the Blazers still playing two more games against good teams and the Sixers getting a potential freebie tonight against the Pistons, which might very well secure them the #12 pick in the draft this summer.
Apr 15, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT
Thoughts go out to the entire city of Boston after such a joyful day was marred by something so awful. Having spent my college years living in Chestnut Hill and Brighton, celebrating the Boston Marathon with the entire city was truly one of the best days of the year. Seeing today’s news was simply heart-wrenching.
Apr 15, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT
Because if there’s anyone whose thoughts on Doug Collins we’ve been waiting to hear, it’s former Sixer Mo Speights.
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