Jan 31, 2013, 3:20 AM EST
Nick Young was feeling the love last night. He gave Molly Sullivan one amazing post-game interview. But that wasn’t the icing on the cake. Moments later, Malik Rose gives us his very own Swaggy impression laid over some of his game highlights. It was faaaantastic.
Jan 30, 2013, 5:16 PM EST
The careers of John Wall and Evan Turner, the respective #1 and #2 picks in the 2010 draft have made for some interesting contrast. Out of the gate, Wall was the far more accomplished player, averaging 16 and 8 and making first-team All Rookie as Turner struggled badly to contribute in his rookie season. The next year, Wall either regressed a little or failed to show the evolution most projected for him, while playing on one of the league’s worst teams, and Turner improved steadily on a playoff-bound squad. These days, most would still take Wall over ET, but the gap between the players has narrowed considerably—in a recent ESPN ranking of the best players under 25, Wall finished #26, while Turner finished just two spots lower at #28.
Jan 29, 2013, 11:27 AM EST
Late yesterday afternoon we posted about a D-League team in Texas potentially making a run at getting Allen Iverson to suit up for them this season in the hopes of making full-fledged NBA comeback. Before we could even get really excited about the prospect of A.I. crossing over some young bucks in the D-League, Iverson shot down that idea today on his Twitter. Sad. [tweets below]
Jan 29, 2013, 10:50 AM EST
The Sixers didn’t do quite enough shaking, baking, and Philly cheesesteak-ing last night to get the win over the Memphis Grizzlies in South Philadelphia. (Much more on the tough loss here) But they did play a rather flawless first quarter in which they scored 33 points and were off and running the entire time. Sixers broadcaster Malik Rose used famous movie character Forrest Gump in his keys to the game to emphasize Doug Collins’ squad’s need to get out and running all night to beat the Griz. He then proceeded to bring up Mr. Gump and his penchant for running over and over and over. Even his partner Marc Zumoff was impressed with his ability to keep the bit… running.
Jan 28, 2013, 9:57 PM EST
Well phooey. With a 33-point first-quarter that saw just about everything go right for them, the Sixers looked like they were in pretty good shape to finally win a second straight game (imagine!) tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies, and even after the Grizzlies cut the lead to shreds and then took the lead in the second, the Sixers persevered and gave themselves several opportunities to win the game. But in the end, gravity was not on their side tonight, and the Grizzlies eked out a 103-100 win that left Malik and Zumoff reaching for the peach schnapps.
Jan 28, 2013, 5:49 PM EST
It’s become almost as overquoted as the Phillies having won more recently than the Eagles (not true anymore, right?), but it remains nearly as stunning: The Philadelphia 76ers have not won back-to-back games since November. (Like, of 2012.) Not like they’ve won a ton of games period over that stretch—just eight games total since we won three in a row at the end of November—but damn, not having a single winning streak of any length for nearly two months is pretty damn embarrassing. Even for a team as subpar as these Sixers, it can’t be totally impossible to win two in a row, right?
Jan 28, 2013, 4:59 PM EST
The last time Allen Iverson played professional basketball on this continent, it was part of a retirement tour with the 76ers. Maybe don’t call it a career just yet though. A team in the NBA’s Developmental League might be offering The Answer a path back to the Association.
Jan 28, 2013, 4:40 PM EST
Former Sixer Nik Vucevic has turned into quite the rebounder down in Orlando after being dealt to the Magic as part of the trade that sent Andrew Bynum to the Sixers over the summer. He’s also something of a realist too.
Jan 28, 2013, 12:20 PM EST
This weekend sent spirits of two basketball franchises in the East in different directions. The Boston Celtics found out they’ll be without All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo for the season. Paul Pierce even found out live on the air and his reaction was probably just like that of Celtics fans everywhere.
Meanwhile, the word on Andrew Bynum down in Philadelphia was surprisingly positive. There were rumblings over the weekend that Bynum could be ready for action even before the All-Star Game.
Jan 27, 2013, 2:12 PM EST
Just how long have the 76ers been waiting for a performance like Jrue Holiday’s effort on Saturday night? So long that it ended a rather dubious record.
Jan 27, 2013, 4:15 AM EST
So apparently a lot can change over the course of an NBA season. Not that the Sixers are a lot better then when they first faced the Knicks in a humiliating home-and-home, losing both games by dramatic margins, or that the Knicks are necessarily all that much worse, but suffice to say, the third time was the charm for the 76ers, as they rode excellent scoring nights from their top three perimeter scorers to a blowout just as bad as those the Knicks inflicted on the Sixers not all that long ago, winning 97-80 in a game that wasn’t even as close as the final score indicates.
Jan 27, 2013, 2:05 AM EST
Jrue Holiday. Career high in scoring. All-around baller. All the props must go to the Sixers young All-Star. But one of the more enjoyable plays in the Sixers convincing victory over the New York Knicks in South Philadelphia on Saturday night came in the form of Nick Young’s sweet alley-oop to Evan Turner. Spike Lee reacting like a sad little puppy was just the icing on the cake.
Jan 25, 2013, 3:28 PM EST
Weeeee! Weeeeeeee! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! The speed. The agility. The cut-on-a-time pivot ability. The way he finds an opening. That’s what you think of when you think of Spencer Hawes riding on a Segway at the Philadelphia 76ers practice today at PCOM.
Jan 25, 2013, 2:28 PM EST
Earlier this week, enigmatic and talented Oklahoma Thunder star Russell Westbrook blocked a pair of half-court shot attempts from the Denver Nuggets mascot that could have won the fans in attendance some free cheese. That’s not very nice. But also pretty hilarious. The Level’s own Andrew Unterberger, writing for The Basketball Jones, used this as a jumping point to see what 10 mascot-player feuds we’re likely to see next. Thankfully, Andrew Bynum makes the cut. It involves his hair, bowling, him being aloof, and Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes laughing like hyenas.
Jan 25, 2013, 11:35 AM EST
When Golden State’s David Lee was interviewed after a recent Warriors win about the possibility of being honored with an All-Star nod, he said that what would make the nomination so special was that it would come because his team had played well, reflecting better on him by comparison. Needless to say, this was not the case with our own Jrue Holiday, but if I were him, I would find the honor of being chose in spite of my team far more flattering and special than being honored because of my team. If you’re chosen as an All-Star when your team has a 16-24 record and hasn’t won consecutive games since November, you must have been really, really good this season.
Jan 25, 2013, 1:26 AM EST
Jrue Holiday celebrated his first selection to an NBA All-Star Game by taking in a 2-1 Flyers victory over the hated New York Rangers last night at the Wells Fargo Center. He didn’t have the same Flyers’ head-wear selection as teammate Evan Turner did two years ago when he rocked an orange helmet with a puck jammed into it, but Jrue did show his support for the Fly guys by rocking a nice knit hat. Dei Lynam caught up with Jrue to ask him how it felt to be given the honor of NBA All-Star. His phone was blowing up! [video below]
Jan 24, 2013, 6:53 PM EST
Congrats are in order for Sixers point guard Jrue Holiday who will make his first All-Star Game appearance this season after being selected among the East reserves, according to Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski and CSN’s John Finger.
Jan 24, 2013, 12:55 PM EST
So you wanna be a baller.
You’ve got a dope haircut, some fresh sneaks and a $400-a-week cocaine habit, but do you have the one key attribute that certifies your P.I.M.P. status? No, I’m not talking about cocaine, you have the cocaine, you have plenty of cocaine – and I’m not talking about “power” or “respect” or “swag” or any of that dumb stuff that doesn’t really mean anything – I’m talking about a jersey, an authentic NBA jersey. Didn’t you read the title of this post? It’s not like it should be a surprise, this article is gonna be about jerseys, all about jerseys. It’s right up top in huge bold print. Geez.
For a long time now, ever since Grant Hill was collecting an NBA paycheck, authentic jerseys have been the official #1 status symbol in the hip-hop world. From rappers to hustlas to Jewish kids on the Main Line, anyone who’s anyone has rocked a jersey. Check out this incredibly cool dude stuntin’ in his 1988 Portland Trailblazers’ Clyde Drex.
Audio: Charles Barkley On Manti Te’o: We Can’t Just Be Making Up Words When Somebody Is a Damn Idiot
Jan 23, 2013, 1:30 PM EST
Sir Charles Barkley was a guest of Mike Missanelli on 97.5 the Fanatic yesterday afternoon and it was a truly awesome 20 minutes of radio. Chuck was in town to call the Sixers-Spurs game on Monday night for TNT, so the two talk quite a bit about that. But as always with Charles, the topic of conversation was wonderfully all over the place.
“I love these people. I came here as a little teeny bopper and played here for eight great years. It was great to be back and see the excitement in the building,” Barkley said of being back in town, despite complaining of the frigid temperatures. Some highlights below.
Would he work to re-sign Andrew Bynum?
Jan 22, 2013, 9:42 PM EST
In what’s proving to be another must watch Sixers game, Nick Young provided a lone moment of excitement in the second quarter when he proved everything we believed we knew about Nick Young wrong. Not only did he pass up an opportunity to take a jump shot, but he also absolutely facializes Larry Sanders for a banger of a slam. Pretty good, Swaggy.
Jan 22, 2013, 5:32 PM EST
Chances are decent–better than they should be, anyway—that if Jrue Holiday doesn’t earn his first All-Star bid this year (and for the record, Grantland’s NBA guru Zach Lowe has him as the goddamn starter), it’ll be because one of the guard spots is taken by one of the Milwaukee Bucks’ backcourt two-fer, Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings. Neither have stats as good as Jrue in really any relevant category (Jrue has ‘em beat in points, assists, FG% and 3PT%), save one—wins, as the Bucks have a respectable 21-18 record, while the Sixers are currently at 17-24 and slipping.
Jan 22, 2013, 2:06 PM EST
I approached ESPN’s list of the Top 25 Players Under 25 the same way I’ll be approaching the roll-out of the All-Star reserves later this week: Bracing myself for self-righteous outrage. I figured no way would Jrue Holiday be ranked high enough for my liking, the rest of the NBA world being continually prejudiced against him for his team’s lack of success and/or his underwhelming peripheral advanced stats. I just hoped he managed to crack the Top 25.
Jan 21, 2013, 10:14 PM EST
The MLK Miracle, we coulda called it. In a second-half performance that seemed like it might result in the second straight incredible comeback victory at the WFC, the Sixers battled from a seemingly decisive 17-point Spurs lead to an astounding seven-point advantage late in the fourth quarter. But like the Seahawks in their NFC Divisional Round game, the Sixers left too much time on the clock, and like the Japanese after Pearl Harbor (according to Roger Sterling, anyway), they didn’t know how to handle success. A double-digit stretch of consecutive scoreless possessions left them vulnerable to a late Spurs surge, and the four-time champs capitalized, pulling out the 85-80 victory.
Jan 21, 2013, 5:50 PM EST
There was a time, when I was not so brokenhearted, when the Sixers beat the Spurs at the Wells Fargo Center. It was a Friday night in January 2009, and it was glorious. Andre Iguodala posted a 21/8/5, the team shot 50% from the floor (to San Antonio’s 37%), and the Ballers ran the Spurs out of the building by the end of the quarter, ending with a 109-87 win, their sixth in a row to that point. It was a night that reminds you how much more fun it is to watching winning basketball than the losing variety.
Jan 18, 2013, 10:39 PM EST
Hands up if you saw this coming. With the Sixers trailing 60-43 at half—yes, they gave up 60 points to the friggin’ Raptors in 24 minutes of basketball—you’d be forgiven for giving up on this one (as I was seriously tempted to do) and finding something more purposeful and less character-building to do with your Friday night. After all, the Sixers haven’t exactly been known for big comebacks this season—generally, when they’re down, they stay down, and the game’s basically over halfway through the fourth quarter. But it wasn’t so in this one, and the reason why has two names: Jrue Holiday and Thaddeus Young.
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