Oct 22, 2012, 10:16 AM EDT
Sixers fans are all too familiar with Andre Iguodala being caught in midair, kind of unsure of what to do with the basketball. With AI2 now playing in Denver, we won’t be seeing a lot of that this season, aside from his date in Philly on Halloween. But Dre had one of those moments over the weekend where he found himself in midair but actually figured out how to turn it into a self-pass/alley-oop off the backboard worthy of a highlight reel.
Meanwhile in Boston, the Sixers defeated the Celtics to continue their impressive preseason stretch. Doug Collins is feeling the heart:
Oct 19, 2012, 10:28 PM EDT
The Sixers held off the Nets for their third straight pre-season victory, without Andrew Bynum or Evan Turner.
Oct 19, 2012, 5:46 PM EDT
Charles Barkley was a guest on 94 WIP this afternoon with Anthony Gargano and Glen Macnow to talk everything sports. From Jrue Holiday turning into an All-Star point guard for the next 10 seasons to winning money on last night’s Seattle Seahawks game thanks to the Niners declining a safety to Michael Jordan’s legendary trash talk, Chuck touched on it all.
It doesn’t get much better than Barkley unscripted. Perhaps the best nugget to come out of today’s call was when Sir Charles went into a tale about when he played Jordan in the NBA Finals.
Oct 19, 2012, 2:28 PM EDT
The Sixers preseason slate continues this evening with their first ever trip to the Barclays Center in the heart of Brooklyn, New York.
Now, the interest in the Nets move to Brooklyn may vary quite a bit among you, but given that my sister lives just a few blocks away from the new venue, I’m likely a bit more intrigued at the transition than many of you. I certainly hope to get up there for a game or two this season.
As you can see in the above video and read in Grantland’s article titled, “How Jay-Z and the Brooklyn Nets took over the New York borough,” the team’s arrival is a pretty big deal to those in close proximity.
Oct 18, 2012, 12:23 PM EDT
Maalik Wayns wasn’t the only Sixers rookie who impressed on Wednesday night with the 27th overall pick in June’s draft, big man Arnett Moultrie, putting in perhaps his best performance to date as a pro. He shot 4 of 5 from the floor with 6 boards, a steal, zero turnovers, and a +13 +/- in 22 minutes. Again, the Cavs, but still.
The highlight of the night for Moultrie came on a missed layup from Wayns which Arnett timed perfectly for the put-back slam. Andre Iguodala may be gone, but the Sixers clearly still have some guys who can come through with some eye-popping dunks. This Thad Young one-handed put back last night wasn’t too shabby either.
Which leads to the question: the Sixers now Lou-less bench probably needs a new nickname, right?
Oct 18, 2012, 11:37 AM EDT
One of the more surprising players in the early goings of the Sixers’ preseason slate has been former Villanova standout Maalik Wayns and his speedy brand of basketball. Wayns went undrafted this past April but the Sixers gave the local Roman Catholic product a shot to win a job this preseason and he appears to be well on his way to doing just that.
Following Wednesday night’s team-high 19-point performance against the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers, Wayns appears to have solidified his spot as the team’s backup point guard behind Jrue Holiday.
Oct 17, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT
There’s the prospect that Nick Young could rein himself in under a one-year contract. But if he doesn’t, and you thought you had a problem with Lou Williams’ shot selection, then be prepared.
There’s not a lot of swag in being quietly efficient.
Oct 16, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT
No Andrew Bynum, no problem—we got Lavoy Allen and Spencer Hawes manning the middle, we got all we need. Okay, even John Mitchell probably wouldn’t try to make that argument, but the Sixers put together an excellent pre-season performance against the Boston Celtics tonight (the first televised game of the pre-season) without their eventual starting center, with Allen and Hawes combining for 28 points on 11-16 shooting. The Sixers found separation in the third quarter and secured the win (and some free Big Macs, natch) by a comfortable 107-75 margin.
Oct 15, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT
Doug Collins and the Sixers bring their new brand of ball to South Philadelphia for the first time this season as they take on the Boston Celtics in preseason action. It’s a rematch of their exciting playoff series last summer in which the C’s bested the 76ers in seven games.
Oct 15, 2012, 9:37 AM EDT
Here’s a good way to start your Monday. Via the folks at the Basketball Jones, we bring you the below video featuring some badass moments in NBA history set to the stylings of the famous “Deal with It” meme.
Of course, when it comes to badass NBA players with style, Allen Iverson immediately jumps to the top of the list. Bubba Chuck is featured not once but twice in the following clip. And it’s two of his more infamous moments.
Oct 14, 2012, 9:59 AM EDT
The Sixers enjoyed an evening down the shore on Saturday night when they took on the Brooklyn Nets at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Doug Collins’ new look Sixers dropped the contest in overtime, which is of little consequence.
But, more importantly, how about Spencer Hawes’ new hair style? I don’t even know how you’d classify that style. Give us your best suggestions in the comments.
Oct 12, 2012, 3:22 AM EDT
Hockey season may be on ice for the time being (clever word play!), but basketball season is right around the corner. In fact, the 76ers were in action last night, winning their first exhibition game in Orlando by a 102-95 count.
Jrue Holiday paced Philly’s offense with 27 points.
Oct 11, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT
Sixers fans have to be excited about some of the new additions to the team. But if Kobe Bryant couldn’t win an MVP while playing alongside Kwame Brown, how could Andrew Bynum?
Oct 10, 2012, 1:59 PM EDT
While Philadelphia prepares itself for the Andrew Bynum show, Andre Iguodala has been quietly going about his business in Denver — until now.
In a wide-ranging interview with Matt Moore of CBSSports.com’s blog Eye on Basketball, Iguodala opened up about his eight seasons with the 76ers. He admits criticism started to weigh on him toward the end of his run, and explains why he’s not the player you think he is.
Oct 9, 2012, 5:23 PM EDT
Former Philadelphia 76er and Caribbean Cruise passenger Manute Bol may no longer be with us, but has his son to carry on his basketball legacy.
Oct 9, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT
The Sixers will open their preseason schedule without Andrew Bynum this Thursday in Orlando, but insider Dei Lynam shared some good news from training camp on Monday.
There was some legitimate concern after the team announced they were shutting down their newly-acquired center for three weeks, a precautionary measure taken due to a bone bruise in his knee. He may be over a week away from stepping on the hardwood yet, but Bynum admitted he is feeling much better recently, thanks.
Oct 8, 2012, 3:31 AM EDT
Even at 37 years old, Allen Iverson has the itch to play. Granted some of his motivation might be financial, but watching A.I. give everything he had on the hardwood night after night, his love of the game is unquestioned. That would help explain why The Answer turned up in China over the weekend.
Oct 4, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT
Nick Young’s new around here; so if you haven’t seen it before, you’re staring at his choice of attire after he, Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers took Game 4 of the 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals from the Memphis Grizzles in last year’s playoffs.
Oct 1, 2012, 1:44 PM EDT
Ordinarily, this might be a red flag kind of deal. But I really do love me some German blood spinning.
Sep 27, 2012, 12:18 PM EDT
Philadelphia 76ers Head Coach Doug Collins is a charming fellow. He’s got a great energy, basically has a photographic memory, and is just generally enjoyable to be around when he’s talking basketball.
One of the Sixers more curious acquisitions this summer was Nick Young, a shoot-first-and-shoot-as-often-as-possible scorer who will seemingly fill the void left by Lou Williams off the bench.
Sep 27, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT
There’s no debating the effort the Sixers new ownership, seen mostly through the work of new CEO Adam Aron, have put in to make everything about the fan experience at the Wells Fargo Center as polished as possible.
That said, every decision they make is not going to be as groundbreaking as seeing a bunny mascot sent to pasture. One of the new minor additions that appears recently implemented is the ability to see exactly where the seats you are about to purchase are located within the building in relation to the court.
Sep 26, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT
The Sixers introduced their newest guard-forward on Tuesday at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and the sound bite that caught the most fire on the Internet and sports radio airwaves was his declaration that his new teammate, Andrew Bynum, is the best center in the NBA.
Yes, better even than former Orlando Magic and current Los Angeles Lakers star Dwight Howard.
Sep 24, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT
Saturday Night Live shook things up this season by passing the Barack Obama torch from Fred Armisen to Jay Pharoah to mixed results. While Pharoah’s Obama impression may need some work, his Stephen A. Smith is pretty damn on point. It’s probably a whole lot easier when someone so closely resembles a cartoon in real life anyway.
On the most recent episode of SNL that aired this past weekend, Stephen A. Smith was a guest on Weekend Update to weigh in on his very good friend and quarterback of the New York Jets, Tim Tebow.
Sep 20, 2012, 3:51 PM EDT
The Phillies will kick off their final homestand of the 2012 season tomorrow by welcoming the Atlanta Braves to town followed by a three-game set with the Washington Nationals beginning on Tuesday. Aside from the obvious potential playoff implications — in addition to all of the delectable food and drink options — there are still plenty of other reasons to get to Citizens Bank Park over the next week.
Sep 20, 2012, 12:19 PM EDT
We’re excited to team up with Major League Bocce to play in their fall league in the coming weeks with games taking place right in Center City. Not only will The700Level have our own team playing in the league, but we’ll also be running a photo contest for one winner and a friend to actually be our teammates and play all season for free.
We’ll be kicking things off at a happy hour with MLB a week from today — Thursday, September 27th — at the Field House by the Convention Center with specials from MLB’s official beer sponsor, Dogfish Head Brewery — $4 Punkin’ Ale and 60 Minute IPA drafts. The Fieldhouse is where the fall league games will be played and you can get a chance to see how the indoor bocce courts inside of a bar work. Hint: they’re right next to the bar. And you’re encouraged to come out on Thursday and meet some of the Level contributors and buy me as many Punkin’ Ales as I can drink. Seriously, come out and have a few cold ones and lament the death of the 2012 Phillies with us.
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