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.
Apr 15, 2013, 10:20 AM EDT
The final chapter in Doug Collins’ Philadelphia story is coming to an end. Multiple outlets reported late Sunday night that Collins informed the Sixers he will not be returning to coach on the final year of his contract next season.
Apr 12, 2013, 6:51 PM EDT
I remember a couple weeks there where I wondered if the Sixers actually may have lucked out getting Evan Turner instead of John Wall in the 2010 draft. (OK I didn’t really wonder that, but I definitely wondered if it wasn’t impossible that I might one day wonder that.) Wall regressed some as a scorer from his first year to his second when many expected he would take a leap forward, and his Wizards team never really improved either. When Wall sat out injured at the beginning of the year while Evan was having the best month of his career, it was like “Hm, maybe this wasn’t such a bad coinflip after all.”
Apr 12, 2013, 10:19 AM EDT
It’s been a trying year for pretty much everyone involved in the Philadelphia 76ers organization. Even All-Star Jrue Holiday’s performance has dropped off in the second half of the season. You can pretty much look down the roster and check off the disappointments. Lavoy Allen certainly fits in that category.
Apr 11, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT
The big news story of the day comes to us from the Philadelphia Inquirer, where Bob Ford reports that the 76ers organization hopes Doug Collins will step down at season’s end according to league sources. The head coach has one year remaining on his contract, but another extension is not in the works.
Apr 10, 2013, 5:48 PM EDT
It may feel like the Sixers have played the Hawks 27 times in the last month, but actually it’s only been 23 times. Meeting #24 will come tonight, as the Sixers host the Traveling Highlight Factory tonight in their fifth-to-last game of the season.
Apr 9, 2013, 5:53 PM EDT
Yes, I will be in attendance tonight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn as the visiting Sixers take on the Nets. (Don’t worry, they’re my Nets fan friends tickets, and he got them as a birthday gift, I’m not actually spending money to watch either of these teams.)
Apr 9, 2013, 11:56 AM EDT
When you see that jorted fellow at the Molly Pitcher Service Area today be sure to give him an extra dirty look. Today’s a big day.
Apr 8, 2013, 9:26 AM EDT
During his infamous press conference meltdown after the home loss to the Magic in late February, Doug Collins offered a fairly simple explanation for downturn the Sixers had taken in the ’12-’13 season. “We made a huge deal and we have nobody playing a part of that deal,” claimed Collins. “How many teams can give up Andre Iguodala, Moe Harkless and Nikola Vucevic and have nothing in return playing? That’s tough to overcome. That’s just the facts. I’m not looking for any outs. That’s a fact.”
Apr 7, 2013, 4:21 AM EDT
We’ve been reasonably certain for quite some time that the 76ers would not be playing basketball in the postseason this year, but now it’s a fact. With Saturday night’s 106-87 loss to the Heat, their playoff hopes were officially euthanized.
Apr 5, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT
Jrue Holiday had easily the worst game of his professional career–since we expected anything of him, anyway–against the Bobcats on Wednesday, going 2-24 in a shooting night that left the Damaja with a batting average that would make even early-season Ryan Howard embarrassed. A couple weeks ago, we might have celebrated Jrue for his pro-tanking efforts, but the Sixers have won too many games to tank much further–only the Timberwolves, at two games behind, and the Wizards and Raptors at two-and-a-half games behind even have a chance of catching the Sixers, and with only eight games left it’s not too likely–so at this point, we encourage him to get mad and get even, preferably tonight against the Atlanta Hawks.
Apr 4, 2013, 10:44 AM EDT
You could be mad at me for promising in my pre-game column that you could flip from tonight’s potentially very depressing Phillies game (and it was) to a Sixers game that would be no worse than slightly depressing, since the Ballers did end up losing 88-83 to the NBA’s worst team in a basketball game after which everyone involved will spend days, possibly weeks huddled in the corner of the shower crying out of irreparable trauma. But I’d argue that tonight’s game was far more funny than depressing. I mean, really, when Jrue Holiday has a night where he goes 2-24 from the field, it has to get funny at some point, right?
Apr 4, 2013, 10:07 AM EDT
Special guest post by FanSince09
Back in February, I decided I was fed up with Adam Aron on twitter, and launched into what would forever be known as “The Rant.” (*) Angry Sixers fans praised me, the lamestream Sixers apologist media rushed to try to shoot holes in my arguments, but one thing was made clear by everyone: Adam Aron couldn’t just ignore me. But for days, it seemed like he’d be content with just ignoring the issue. There was no direct response to me, even after another assault known as The Rant 2. (**)
Apr 3, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT
No, there’s not much of a case to be made for watching the Sixers play the Bobcats tonight (again, this time at Charlotte). Everything about this game is decently meaningless—both teams are lottery-bound, and more or less locked in to their particular lottery slot—unless Charlotte really, really cares about securing that Worst Overall Record status for the second straight year, which I sorta doubt. But it could be a decent emergency valve if most Philly sports fans’ Plan A—watching Roy Halladay make his first start of the season against the Atlanta Braves, a game with at least a 25% chance of total disaster—ends up going not quite as hoped. The Sixers will only be slightly depressing at this point, I promise.
Apr 1, 2013, 3:41 PM EDT
For as awkward as this interview between Sixers’ anthem singer Ayla Brown and Allen Iverson is at times, you can’t help but get sentimental when A.I. talks about what Philly fans mean to him. He keeps it real too, letting Ayla know that he has fans all over the world, but the response in Philadelphia is always special. Also love how he takes his shades off when things get serious.
Apr 1, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT
The Sixers on Monday made official their decision to call up Justin Holiday from the D-League and waived Jeremy Pargo. As such, here’s a video from March 7 of Holiday straight messing up the Reno Bighorns’ entire night.
Apr 1, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT
On March 3rd of this year, exactly four weeks ago to the day, Spencer Hawes had the worst game of his career, and arguably one of the worst games ever posted by a starting center in the National Basketball Association, at home against the Golden State Warriors. In about 20 minutes of game action, he scored 0 points on stunning 0-9 shooting, with four rebounds and two dimes, but also three turnovers and three personal fouls. (Amazingly, the Sixers still won the game somehow.) It was an absolutely embarrassing performance in an already disappointing season that made you wonder if Doug Collins was going to gently, tenderly asphyxiate him as he slept on the team plane that night, putting him out of both of their misery.
Since that game, Spencer Hawes has basically been Marc Gasol.
Mar 30, 2013, 9:18 PM EDT
It’s always exciting when Allen Iverson is in the building. That was the case once again on Saturday night in South Philadelphia when the future Hall of Famer was honored before the Sixers vs. Bobcats game. Fans in attendance were also treated to bobbleheads of No. 3.
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