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#BEWELL, “Mr. 500″

Posted by: C. Smith
09/17/13 1:20 pm EST

Royce-White-casualOn Monday ESPN.com launched its annual #NBArank series which counts down the Top 500 players in the NBA…according to ESPN’s panel of over 100 “experts”.

As you probably know by now, for the second time in three years, a member of the 76ers was slotted last in the rankings and earned the distinguished title of  “Mr. 500″.  Two years ago, that title belonged to Lavoy Allen.  Lavoy handled his “Mr. 500″ title with class.  At times he even appeared to embrace the ranking and use it to his advantage on and off-the-court.

In 2013, the “Mr. 500″ label has been assigned to one of the newest Sixers, Royce White.  So far, it seems that White is handling the situation just fine as well.

Given that I have watched White live during his Iowa State days and on tape in the D-League, the ranking was a bit of a surprise to me. However, the biggest shocker on Monday was not White’s #500 ranking, it was the outpouring of support for White that followed on social media yesterday.


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
09/16/13 12:57 pm EST

sixerscheer2013Last week we reported that the 76ers had hired Brandon Williams who at the time was the NBA’s Associate VP of Basketball Operations for a “key position” under General Manager Sam Hinkie. Now Williams’ role has become crystal clear — he will be the GM of the 87ers.

ESPN.com has launched its annual NBA player rankings and another 76er has come in as the distinguished “Mr. 500″ (Looking at you Lavoy Allen).  This time the title belongs to Royce White.  Tim Ohlbrecht is not far ahead of White at #495.

Evan Turner will be hosting a basketball clinic on September 21st at the Eastside Youth Center in Allentown.  $65 per camper.  Who’s in?


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YOU’RE HIRED

Posted by: C. Smith
09/11/13 11:36 am EST

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It appears the 76ers have made two new additions to the organization in the last 24 hours as Sam Hinkie and Brett Brown continue to assemble their lieutenants.

Last night on Twitter, Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) tweeted that Brandon Williams, the NBA’s Associate VP of Basketball Operations and a former Spurs roster member has been hired for a “key position” under General Manager Sam Hinkie.

It was also reported online yesterday by Anthony Salom of the UTEP men’s basketball blog Miner Rush that UTEP assistant coach Greg Foster has been offered a job on the Sixers coaching staff.

The 76ers have yet to comment officially on either of the rumors, but according to multiple NBA contacts of mine, the reports are accurate.


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ROYCE WHITE DRAMA

Posted by: C. Smith
09/04/13 11:09 am EST

RoyceWhitevipersOutside of a fairly active Twitter account and the word on the street that he was played very well in the Howard Pulley Pro City Summer League in Minneapolis, it’s been a pretty quiet summer for Royce White.

That was until early this morning when TMZ posted a report that White, “is at the center of a criminal investigation in Texas after allegedly beating up his then-girlfriend” — Tania Mehra — a Maxim model.

According to law enforcement documents obtained by TMZ, the incident in question occurred on June 22, 2013 when someone called 911 to report a laceration above Tania’s right eye.  Police officers responding to the call noted in their report that Tania claimed she suffered the injury from an “accidental fall” and no charges were filed.

Tania is now claiming she “lied” to police back on June 22nd and has filed an incident report.


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BRETT BROWN — RADIO STAR

Posted by: Jake Fischer
08/26/13 9:42 am EST

brownisoOn August 14th, the 76ers announced they had hired Brett Brown as  the team’s newest head coach — the 8th since Larry Brown left the franchise in 2003.

During Brett Brown’s presser at the Wells Fargo Center that day, the former San Antonio Spurs assistant coach proclaimed his expertise in player development, spoke about his excitement for his new gig and the enticing prospects on the Sixers roster he is inheriting.  Overall the reaction to Brown’s statements at his introductory press conference was very positive.

Last week, Brown appeared on two local sports radio programs and spoke more about the Sixers roster, the organization’s direction and player development.  Brown joined Mike Gill of 97.3 FM ESPN in Atlantic City on Tuesday to and on Wednesday Brown called in to the  94WIP Morning Show that was missing Sixer hater Angelo Cataldi.  Once again, Brown was impressive under the scrutiny of the Delaware Valley’s main stream media.

After the jump, we present the best Q & A’s from those two radio interviews as well as my own analysis for a number of Brown’s quotes.


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ROYCE WHITE SPEAKS

Posted by: Alex Gorge
08/08/13 9:31 am EST

RoyceWhitevipersFrom a basketball perspective new 76er Royce White, who once was considered a top 5 talent in the 2012 NBA draft, could be a huge addition to the Sixers front court.

As a high school kid, White was named “Mr. Basketball” in the state of Minnesota and he averaged 13 points 9 rebounds and 5 assists per game with Iowa State.  Last season in 16 games with Houston’s D-League affiliate, White had averages of 11 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3 assists per night.

Statistics like these from a power forward who allegedly “can’t shoot” are outrageously impressive.    But imagine if he added a shooting stroke — White’s ceiling would be ridiculous.

Still, if the power forward is ever to get on the court in the NBA and realize his potential, the 76ers need to equip White with every tool possible to help him best deal with the mental health issue that his holding back his NBA development.  White’s condition which is commonly referred to as general anxiety (specifically for White it is the anxiety of flying) and as we all know, it keeps him from traveling to games with the team.  Sam Hinkie & Co. will now go down in the history of the NBA for implementing the first “system”, good or bad, for dealing with general anxiety in a player.  Thus, White’s career, fair or unfair, will affect the career of every future NBA player with a mental health issue.

On a recent pod cast with Landolakers.com White talked about everything regarding his mental issue and his plans to get on the court this year for the 76ers.  After the jump we’ve transcribed for you some of his quotes from that interview and provided some reacts to the power forward’s words…


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DRAFT13: HINKIE-PALOOZA

Posted by: Jake Fischer
06/28/13 10:20 am EST

Sam Hinkie has arrived.  

According to sources, the new General Manager of the Philadelphia 76ers was patrolling the team’s war room at PCOM last night like a general on the front lines of battle.  In fact, one Western Conference front office executive described Hinkie and the Sixers as “crazy active” last night. 

It’s not going to be pretty next season, but the Sixers organization took a monumental step in the right direction towards building a legitimate contender — several years down the road.

Yes, losing Jrue Holiday, a 23-year-old All-Star point guard is devastating.  Yes, if Hinkie’s Draft night went completely to plan, he would have dealt Thaddeus Young, Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes out of the City of Brotherly Love.  And yes, the Sixers are going SUCK next season.

But sometimes you have to tear everything down before you can build it back up.


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DRAFT13: WITH THE 11th PICK…

Posted by: C. Smith
06/27/13 9:01 pm EST

..in the 2013 NBA Draft Sam Hinkie and the Philadelphia 76ers selected point guard Michael Carter Williams (6-6; 185) out of Syracuse.

Wait.  What????  C’mon.  You can’t be serious.

It’s no lie, but honestly — who cares.

The even bigger news is that Hinkie traded Jrue Holiday to the Pelicans for Nerlens Noel (Picked #6 — He dropped down the draft board like Ryan Howard when he tore his Achilles) and a 1st round pick in 2014.

BAM. POW.  Nice to meet you Sam Hinkie.

That’s right, in one of the more chaotic drafts I can ever recall, the Sixers made a huge trade that sent the face of their franchise packing and in return received an athletic 7-footer and an extra Lottery pick in 2014.  They then selected the 21-year old Carter Williams (6-6; 185) at #11.  Not one of the online “experts” we researched nor a single scout that I talked with prior to the draft predicted the Sixers would go in these wild directions.

Sam Hinkie is owning this 2013 Draft.

After the jump some reviews on and video of MCW…


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DRAFT13: “EXPERT” PREDICTIONS

Posted by: C. Smith
06/26/13 9:57 am EST

We are roughly 36 hours from the 2013 NBA Draft in which the 76ers hold the 11th pick.  Even at this late stage, there seems to be no consensus among the NBA Mock Draft “experts” on which prospect the Sixers will select near the end of the Lottery.

As you slide down the Draft Board to the Sixers it seems that most “experts” feel Sam Hinkie will take a “big” at number eleven.  However, depending on which ‘expert” opinion you are reading that “big” could be a power forward, or a center or even another ‘tweener (please God, not another ‘tweener).

Once again, we searched the world wide web and gathered up a host of “expert” opinions on what to expect from the Sixers on Draft Night 2013.  While we did find a lead candidate, we think you’ll surprised at the lack of agreement among the “experts” as to who will be the prospect selected by Philadunkia’s home team.


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30 YEARS & COUNTING

Posted by: C. Smith
06/21/13 2:46 pm EST

Last night as I watched LeBron and the Miami Heat celebrate their NBA Finals win over the San Antonio Spurs as well as back-to-back NBA titles, I began to wonder if the 76ers will ever hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy again in my lifetime.

I think and hope they will.  However, given that the team is currently an absolute mess and that Sam Hinkie has a long road ahead of him to simply make this team respectable,  I don’t believe an NBA championship is coming to Philadunkia nation any time soon.

So, as the Heat poured champagne all over each other last night, I started thinking about better times for the Sixers and I was reminded that it has been 30 years since Doc, Moses, Mo, Bobby, Toney and Ivaroni were crowned NBA Champions and led a parade down Broad Street.  That’s right, 30 years!

A great deal has happened with the 76ers and across the Association in the last 30 years.  After the jump I’ll look at some items within this franchise and around the NBA that have occurred since the Sixers last won it the title back in 1983.


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