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Posted by: Jake Fischer
02/06/13 10:00 am EST

The 76ers are now amidst their first three-game winning streak since November 25-30, and outside of Andrew Bynum’s continued absence and Thad’s hamstring strain, which will put him out the lineup for three weeks, a number of things are going well for the NBA team that inhabits the Wells Fargo Center.

All-Star point guard, Jrue Holiday, continues to play well.  A rejuvenated Spencer Hawes is finely contributing on a nightly basis.  Nick Young continues to thrive as a starter.  Lavoy Allen has found a pulse and Sixers ball boy Tucker Colton (a.k.a. Tuck Money) is blowing up on the Internet. 

Wait, what?!?

That’s right, in the last week the Sixers have put together their first significant winning stretch in over two months and the most popular Sixers topic on the web is the team’s ball boy (@tuckcolt) and his crazy mic skills.  

Philadunkia scribe Jake Fischer recently caught up with Colton (pic at left with Swaggy) and learned about the ins and outs of being a NBA ball boy as well as Colton’s music career.

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Posted by: Philadunkia
01/18/13 1:43 pm EST

In the eyes of most basketball fans as well as NBA analysts and experts, the game has changed from a half-court, big man dominated game, to an up-tempo League focused on exemplary guard play.

While the Sixers have found their point guard of the future in Jrue Holiday, the question remains of who can fill the role as a serviceable backup to our borderline All-Star floor general.

There have been number of ideas suggested by the scribes here at Philadunkia as to what the Sixers should do to cure their problems at back-up point guard.  Of course all of them have fallen on deaf ears over at PCOM. 

The Sixers have also tried their own ideas.  Royal Ivey who was signed as a free agent this past summer was unable to grab the job during his brief audition.  Then there was a failed attempt to let the undrafted Maalik Wayns win the spot.  Of course “the Evan Turner as the back-up point guard experiment” continues nightly with lukewarm results. 

Yesterday, the Sixers cut Wayns and signed free agent Shelvin Mack to a 10-day contract.  As you probably know, Mack was just waived by the Washington Wizards after his disappointing rookie season.   It was a curious move to say the least.  Obviously the chances of Mack playing significant minutes for Collins, much less solving this nagging problem for the Sixers are nil.  To be honest we here at Philadunkia have become totally worn out trying to figure out why the Sixers have failed to address this issue.

So in order to hear a fresh take on the 7-6 and their back-up PG situation I decided to conduct an interview with a subject who has a unique view on the inner working of the Sixers back-court.  Earlier this week I sat down with former 76ers guard, Xavier Silas.  If you recall, Silas had a long cup of coffee with the 7-6 in 2012-13, but only appeared in two games.  Silas was also with Philadunkia’s home team for the Orlando Pro Summer League team and was in camp with Collins & Co. this past fall. 

Silas now plays for the Maine Red Claws, of the NBA’s D-League organization where he is averaging 10.8 points, 3 boards and 2.8 dimes per night.  He also was a teammates with Shelvin Mack for a stretch up in Maine.

Aftre the jump some Q&A withXavier Silas…

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Posted by: Tim Parker
01/11/13 10:10 am EST

Here at Philadunkia we have chosen to completely ignore the debacle that happened up in Toronto on Wednesday night.  Many of us here viewed that contest as the worst performance of the year by the 7-6.  We can understand soiling the bed in San Antonio during the final game of a long and challenging 8-game road trip, but what exactly is the excuse for the Sixers uninspiring effort vs. the Raptors?  In our collective opinion there is none. 

Look, we realize that this roster is tragically flawed with Bynum out of the lineup.  And we understand that fact is a huge obstacle to ask a team and head coach to overcome for nearly 40 games.  We also acknowledge that the Sixers schedule has been brutal of late.  Still this team is better than what they have shown in the last two games.  The effort at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night vs. Brooklyn was weak and what happened in Toronto was downright embarrassing.   To say we are frustrated with this team is an understatement.

So in order to avoid a very negative rant style post by one of our writers and in an effort to find some solutions to the Sixers problems, we are turning to ESPN analyst Tim Legler.  Why Legler?  Well, Legler is not just a former NBA player and a great NBA analyst; he’s also one of us (At least in our eyes).   

Legler scored over 1,500 points at LaSalle, is a member of the Big 5 Hall of Fame, earned a MBA from The Wharton School and is married to a former Eagles cheerleader.  So Legler is as Philadunkia as Dr. J, Allen Iverson and The Spectrum.  As a bonus, he still lives in the Philadelphia area, attends numerous Sixer games each year and is actually somewhat of a 76ers fan.  Basically, he knows the 7-6 inside and out. 

Yesterday Legler gave me some time to Philadunkia scribe Tim Parker to discuss numerous Sixers topics, including why the Sixers have struggled so badly this season. 

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Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
09/12/12 7:10 am EST

There was a time not too long ago (about 24 months if you’re a stickler for exactitude) that Thaddeus Young had the distinct look of a player who might struggle to find his place in the NBA.  The criticism directed at him: heavy and possibly deserved.


After an outstanding rookie season and a middling follow-up, he just withered in the context of Eddie Jordan’s ill conceived Princeton O.  In retrospect it’s not exactly an enormous surprise that a player who’s game is predicated on athleticism and the fast break would be less successful in a system that doesn’t have much use for those skills.  Still, all the same, the plain fact was that Thad struggled in 2009-10


But then something happened: Thad started playing much, much better.  He swore off the three-ball and began attacking the rim.  The result: a season after, by the reckoning of Wins Produced, that he tallied negative wins for the Sixershe played 56 percent better than the average forward.  When was just as good in 2011-12, his head-scratching roller coaster story felt complete.  Some chalk up his rise to the influence of Doug Collins, whose arrival coincided neatly with his resurgence.  Some point to maturity, natural progression.  Some just shrug: in the NBA, stuff happens.


Whatever the factors that underpin his unusual volatility, one thing is clear: the Sixers (big ticket off-season acquisitions not withstanding) will absolutely need Thad to be his best self if they’re to repeat last season’s run.


In a recent conversation with Philadunkia, the now-longest tenured Sixer looked ahead to the coming season, talked about which position he’s going to play, and told us why, when a friend told him the Sixers had landed Andrew Bynum, he didn’t believe him.


Q and A, as always, after the J.

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Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
08/14/12 10:19 am EST

As you may or may not know, Philadunkia’s Jeff McMenamin has a “more famous” brother.  Jeff’s older brother is Dave McMenamin — the Lakers beat writer for ESPN Los Angeles.  Shortly after the mega D12-Bynum-Dre trade, Jeff called Dave to discuss one of the biggest moves is the history of the Sixers franchise.  Ohh yeah, it was a pretty big trade for the Lakers as well.

The following post is a trancipt of the conversation between the two hoops loving McMenamin brothers…  

Jeff:  First of all, how was your 16-day trip to Europe?  Did you have night terrors of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol both getting injured in Olympic action, or were you able to keep your mind off of the Lakers for a little bit and actually get some much needed R & R?

Dave:  It was incredible.  I jaunted through Zurich, Munich, Prague and Amsterdam with a few friends and can’t wait to plan the next trip.  The highlight was definitely Prague – amazing views, great (and inexpensive) food, friendly people.  From a basketball perspective though, experiencing the globalization of the game didn’t get much better than watching Team USA beat Tunisia in an Irish bar in Germany next to a couple of Canadian fans, one of whom was wearing a Mike Bibby jersey.

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Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
08/07/12 9:33 am EST

Nick Young, exactly zero games into his 76ers career, has already become something of a lightening rod.  Even in Philadelphia, that’s pretty impressive. 

The story goes something like this: the Sixers sacked a productive, if overpaid, player in Elton Brand, then gave his money to Kwame Brown, Spencer Hawes, and our interview subject.  Brown is a mediocre player coming of a significant injury.  Hawes, well, is Hawes.  We all know what kind of player he is and what we will get from him.  And then there is Young, a streaky sharp shooter with no lack of confidence who was basically brought here to replace the very popular and very productive Louis Williams. 

But let’s put all of those polarizing details aside for a second.  After talking with him on the phone, Young seems like a nice guy and we all know he’s a hell of a fun player to watch.  Plus Doug Collins has a pretty impressive recent track record of shepherding toolsy but decent players into the land of pretty good-dom (see Hawes, Spencer and Young, Thaddeus).  So let’s have some faith that Collins can help Young reach his full potential here in Philly.  Young picked up his cell and talked to us last night from his home town of LA, where he’s been thinking about housing, working on his agility, and watching his college girlfriend run in the Olympics.

Q and A, as always, after the J.

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Posted by: Tim Parker
04/06/12 8:57 am EST

He scored over 1,600 points at LaSalle, is a member of the Big 5 Hall of Fame, earned an MBA from The Wharton School and is married to a former Eagles cheerleader.  Basically ESPN analyst Tim Legler is almost as Philadunkia as Dr. J, Allen Iverson and The Spectrum. 

As a bonus, he still lives in the Philadelphia area, attends numerous Sixers games each year and is actually somewhat of a 76ers fan, so he keeps a keen eye focused on our home team. 

Recently Legler gave Philadunkia scribe Tim Parker some 1-on-1 time to discuss the 2011-12 Sixers and the hometown guy was very candid about his views on why the Sixers have struggled so badly of late.

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Posted by: C. Smith
02/14/12 1:00 pm EST

In case you have been living in a box under the Ben Franklin Bridge lately, you’re aware that there have been some significant changes happening at the Wells faro Center for the 2011-12 NBA season.  In the front office there’s a new ownership group that actually likes basketball.  On the court, the Sixers are well, very good.  And in the seats, there are fans.  Lots of them.

Among the growing number of folks headed down to the Wells Fargo Center for Sixers home games is a rowdy group of 76ers faithful who are attempting to create the greatest home court advantage in the NBA.  They’re called The Revolutionaries and they’re looking for a few good men (and women) to join their ranks.

We caught up with (via email) Matthew Hengy one of the more…let’s see, how shall we say this…notorious, yeah, notorious members of The Revolutionaries.  Hengy was kind enough to field a few questions from us here at Philadunkia on behalf of his Revolutionaries brethren about this new Sixers movement.

As always, Q & A after the J…

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Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
11/11/11 11:19 am EST

Thaddeus Young, even among those in his deeply unsettled profession, holds a uniquely unsettled position.

Not only does he, like the rest of his League’s players, not know the particulars of the new CBA he’ll be playing under when/if this season starts, he also, as a free agent, doesn’t know what team he’ll be suiting up for.  And even if he — as is widely expected — returns to the 76ers, he’s completely in the dark about his new boss (now-Sixers majority owner Josh Harris) because the terms of the lockout bar them from so much as exchanging emails.

So you could say Thad has a lot on his mind.

But despite this uncertainty, Thursday afternoon from his hometown of Memphis, Thad made some time for us — opening up about the long offseason, his training regiment and getting recognized in airports.

Q and A, as always, after the J.

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Posted by: Kevin Jones
10/20/11 9:11 am EST

Good news usually comes in droves and it appears that is just the case for the Philadelphia 76ers of late.

First, the newly approved Sixers owner Josh Harris has promised to slash over 9,000 ticket prices in half in order to start tilting die-hard Philadelphia fans back to the Wells Fargo Center for basketball.

Secondly, the NBA owners and players met Wednesday for 16 consecutive hours with a federal mediator.  That can only mean good things (Right?).

Finally, Sixers fans should still be basking in the glory of what Lou Williams did last Saturday evening, upstaging Kevin Durant and John Wall in leading the underdog Team Philly to victory.  In particular it was Williams’ defense and not even the 53 point scoring outburst that had writers buzzing.

I’m not an upper echelon journalist – yet – to have met with Josh Harris or David Stern.  But I did deliver on the Lou Williams end.

If somehow, someway the NBA returns in mid-November, I hope we get to see more than 23 minutes per game out of Williams. 

We all know he’s been a streaky player in the past, but take one look and you can see that Louis has been busting his butt this off-season in hopes of a big year in 2011-12 season — if the season ever tips off.

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