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 4, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT
While the Sixers seem to be keeping their plans to reintroduce a mascot on the back burner, the Brooklyn Nets went ahead and somehow created something that wasn’t a moose.
Sixers fans and watchers of the Atlantic Division at-large: meet the BrooklyKnight.
Nov 2, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT
If spending $9+ on ball park beers isn’t enough, the groups that brought you Xfinity Live and Parx Casino are attempting to give you even more ways to lose your money in South Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Business Journal reports:
Nov 1, 2012, 3:13 PM EDT
It’s time to put your money where your mouth is this week. So many people have been winning cash in our 700 Level league that we’re now offering money games in both the NFL and NBA.
Here’s what you can play in our league this week:
-A $1 NFL game which has $300 in prizes with a cool $70 going to the first place winner.
-A $5 NFL game limited to 20 people: The benefits of a smaller group game is it increased your odds of winning. The top 4 spots all split $140 in prizes.
-An NBA Free Roll. With the Heat showing their dominance on Tuesday and the Sixers getting off to a 1-0 start, it’s a great time to get your feet wet in an NBA free roll. You can play the NBA games each night and pick a new team. Our game is set for this Sunday.
Nov 1, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT
“I don’t know if I can play like that every game,” Spencer Hawes joked after his impressive 5 block performance in the Sixers home opener. “But I hope so,” he said with a smile.
Teammate Jrue Holiday thinks it might have something to do with the wacky mullet-y thing Spence has going on.
Nov 1, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT
The Sixers unveiled the highly-anticipated largest t-shirt launcher in the World on Wednesday night during the 4th quarter of the Sixers win over the Nuggets in South Philadelphia.
I took an extremely bad video of the gun in action. It’s pretty tough to make out with two other much smaller guns being shot as well. But there are a few rapid fire shots that show you just how many t-shirts can be hurled into the crowd.
Nov 1, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT
Over the summer Sixers’ swingman Evan Turner spent some quality time at the offices of Men’s Health Magazine as an intern. He did all of the things you’d expect out of an abnormally tall intern. You can click here to head on over to their site and watch video of ET’s experience, but I have to warn you, it’s heavily edited. Turner doesn’t miss a shot the entire time.
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, 8:43 PM EDT
What were in those parachutes falling from the Wells Fargo Center ceiling on Wednesday night, you ask?
According to the Sixers press release before the game, the parachutes contained T-shirts, free game tickets and other promotional items as part of the newly “Sixers Parachute Drop.”
Oct 31, 2012, 8:07 PM EDT
In a surprise move by the Philadelphia 76ers organization, the team introduced their new mascot at their home opener on Wednesday night from the selection of three they had fans vote on during the 2011-12 season.
Phil E. Moose won in a landslide after Nick took the reins last year and really pushed for the antlers. Okay, that’s not true. At least the part about the Sixers unveiling a new mascot on Wednesday night.
It’s Halloween and friend of the Level Aaron dressed up in a Phil E. Moose costume.
[more photos below]
Oct 31, 2012, 7:43 PM EDT
We say it all the time. Philly fans are a fickle bunch. So it’s no surprise the reaction former Sixer and current Denver Nugget Andre Iguodala received was… mixed.
You can watch the video from pregame introductions above and judge for yourself. The fact of the matter is some people booed and some people cheered. The ratio was tough to tell from my seat near the Sixers’ fan group known as the Revolutionaries.
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 31, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT
Thanksgiving may be three weeks away, but Halloween is as good a day as any for Philadelphia sports fans to give thanks. Be thankful for the return of the 76ers, and their offering of a diversion.
Oct 31, 2012, 12:45 PM EDT
Sure, there’s some basketball game for some team to kick off some important season for a franchise turning it all around, and yes they’ll wear their new blue road uniforms for the first time, and yeah, it’s Halloween and Dikembe Mutombo and Moses Malone will be two more totally awesome centers in the Wells Fargo Center tonight who can’t play, BUT OMG THE WORLD’S LARGEST T-SHIRT LAUNCHER!
Oct 31, 2012, 9:57 AM EDT
Andre Iguodala returns to Philadelphia tonight as a member of the Denver Nuggets. In his first game for his new team, he of course has to face the team he spent eight seasons becoming an NBA All-Star with, the 76ers.
Always a thoughtful guy, Andre posted a letter addressed to Philly on his website this morning thanking fans for their support over the years.
Oct 31, 2012, 9:38 AM EDT
Basketball tonight in South Philadelphia!
To get the fanbase even more pumped for The Most Important Sixers Season in a Decade, the sports talkers on 94 WIP had starting point guard Jrue Holiday on their airwaves on Tuesday afternoon. Jrue talked to Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis about the new-look team as well as the reception he expects from the WFC crowd for his boy Andre Iguodala tonight. [Listen to the full audio below]
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 30, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT
ESPN.com rounded up picks from 35 different contributors to their NBA coverage as to who would win the East this season. The Miami Heat were the overwhelming favorite, beating out the entire competition 34 to 1. Who was the lone dissenter? He happened to write for ESPN Boston.
Oct 29, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT
CSNPhilly.com’s John Gonzalez and Philly.com’s Marcus Hayes faced off on Sunday night to discuss all of the pressing issues in Philadelphia today.
When I saw one of the topics was going to be whether or not Andre Iguodala should get cheered or booed upon his homecoming for the season opener on Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center, I got quite excited. One of them would have to argue the negative side and that would prove to be fantastic.
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 26, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT
Is it possible this happened while on the medicine ball?
Oct 26, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT
That there is Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doug Collins sitting on an exercise ball answering questions from the media at yesterday’s practice at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
So, what’s the deal with that ball anyway, we wondered?
Turns out, a quick Googling of “Doug Collins exercise ball” proved fruitful!
Oct 25, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT
With Jrue Holiday set to become a restricted free agent at season’s end, the 76ers have been quietly at work trying to hammer out an extension with their point guard before the window to negotiate closes in six days. But as the deadline nears, reports are Holiday’s camp has already turned down a significant offer from the club, and is apparently under the impression he could do better on the market.
Oct 25, 2012, 10:56 AM EDT
No, that post title was not the subject line of a spam email we received this morning. And we barely even sensationalized it at all. In fact, we probably toned it down a bit.
Sir Charles Barkley’s new Weight Watchers advertisement is clearly targeting a very small demographic. It suggests that for every 35 pounds you lose, you gain an inch of… something else.
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