Monthly Archive  July 2009

 
 

NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: Philadunkia
07/31/09 2:40 pm EST

andreiguodalaApparently “Chief Blocka” a.k.a. Andre Iguodla believes that folks in 1st class on an airplane are racist and AI9 has a t-shirt suggestion. Plus Iggy is now back on the East Coast.

Phil Jasner of the DN is reporting that former Memphis Grizz and Philly native Hakim “Skinny” Warrick teased the Sixers  and then Warrick went out and signed with Milwaukee

 

A photo gallery from the Sixers Dancers 2009-010 calendar photo shoot down in Atlantic City. While NBC10 does it one better and has behind the scenes video footage with the Sixers Dancersfrom Harrah’s


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LISTEN IN : LOU SAYS “WE’RE GOING TO BE FINE”

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
07/30/09 10:07 am EST

lwilliamsheadphonesSunday, July 26th, 2009 marked the Charlie Mack 12th Annual Celebrity Basketball Game at Temple University’s Liacouras Center as current and former NBA players took some time out of their busy summers to hit the hardwood for a good cause. Philadelphia over the past few years has developed a reputation as “Killadelphia” due to the ongoing murders and violent acts that have hit the inner city neighborhoods.

Current NBA players Hakim Warrick, Kyle Lowry, Lou Williams, Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Mardy Collins, and Rasual Butler hit the court at the event to raise awareness of and show their concern for the ongoing violence in the “City of Brotherly Love”.


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A.I.’s OTHER SIDE

Posted by: Philadunkia
07/29/09 4:20 pm EST

iversonthoughtESPN.com’s Bill Simmons a.ka. “The Sports Guy” posted a link to this clip of Allen Iverson giving an emotional speech during an announcement earlier this month regarding his student athletic scholarship program.

We thought we would pass it on because whether you hated Iverson or loved him or more likely felt a roller-coaster of both emotions about #3 during his tenure here in Philly, the speech is must see TV for any Sixers fan.

 

 

 

 

RUMORS, NOTES & TWEETS

Posted by: Philadunkia
07/23/09 4:51 pm EST

iguodalamohawkWhile Ed Stefanski searches the Las Vegas desert for players to fill out the Sixers roster, the rumor mill is alive with moves the Sixres may or may not be considering.

Most of the rumors involve who will play point guard for the Sixers in 2009-10 or at least who will back up Louis Williams.  One name we are not hearing that we’d like to see given some attention is former UConn star and current NBA disappointment Marcus Williams who just got finished tearing up the NBA Summer League.  Also we are not hearing Ramon Sessions name connected with rumors surrounding the Sixers and that’s very disappointing as well.


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UNSOLVED MYSTERIES : KAREEM RUSH FILE

Posted by: Philadunkia
07/21/09 10:09 am EST

rushIWhen it comes to the 2008-09 Philadelphia 76ers, one of the biggest mysteries for us here at Philadunkia is NOT the head coaching change or the stubborn commitment to play Andre Iguodala at the 2-spot or the enigma that is Samuel Dalembert.

 No for us one of the biggest eyebrow raisers from the Sixers last season is the Kareem Rush saga.  And by “saga” what we bluntly mean to say is, “What the hell happened with Kareem Rush last season?”

 Well, Philadunkia contributor James Kaikis caught up with Rush at the NBA Summer League out in Las Vegas and here’s what Rush had to say on the topic.


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CHRISTMAS IN LAS VEGAS

Posted by: Philadunkia
07/15/09 12:28 pm EST

dionte_christmas(1)Since the 76ers only have 10 players under contract and they usually carry 14 players, Ed Stefanski admitted that he is in the market for “a guard, a swingman, and two bigs” .  Now we don’t know whether Stefanski classifies the 2-spot as a swingman or a guard, but we’ll assume that either way he realizes we need to find someone to compete with Jason Kapono and Willie Green for the starting shooting guard spot.

The pool of available veteran free agent shooting guards has dwindled to the point that names like Eddie House, Juan Dixon, Devean George and Quinton Richardson are the headliners.  Now we realize that both Von Wafer (HOU) and Ronald “Flip” Murray (ATL) are two more attractive names that are also out there, but our sources tell us they are unlikely to leave the teams the ran with last season, thus we removed them from the conversation. So it looks as though bringing in a veteran NBA 2-guard here to Philadelphia for next year is not going to happen.


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MILLER NOT GOING TO KNICKS

Posted by: Philadunkia
07/13/09 11:15 am EST

miller05-04Legendary basketball journalist Phil Jasner of the Daily News is reporting that the rumors of an Andre Miller sign and trade to New York for Chis Duhon are garbage.

And so another rumor of the 76ers involvement in a sign-and-trade scenario with point guard Andre Miller has been laid to rest. The latest from the streets has the Sixers sending Miller, their unrestricted free agent, to the New York Knicks in exchange for point guard Chris Duhon.


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O FOR ORLANDO

Posted by: Philadunkia
07/10/09 11:43 pm EST

speightssummerleague2The Sixers/Nets dropped to 0-5 in the OPSL as the Boston Celtics picked up the victory, 92-79, behind strong play from Nick Fazekas.

There were significantly less people at Friday’s contest compared to the rest of the week; not only onlookers, but players too.

With only seven players dressed for the “Scrapple” (see yesterday’s recap in case you missed the name change) and eight available for the Celtics, all the players still here in Florida got plenty of playing time.


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JUST CONSIDER FOR A MOMENT…

Posted by: Philadunkia
07/10/09 12:34 pm EST

rip_hamiltonIn the wake of General manger Ed Stefanski’s rather transparent quotes regarding the status of contract negotiations with Andre Miller’s agent, it’s almost a lock that Andre Miller will NOT be in a Sixers uniform next year. In the short term, that will definitely hurt the Sixers as Miller is a hell of a floor general who frequently carried the Sixers offensively last season. However, what is the value of an extremely skilled point man who turns 33 years old next season and is also a defensive liability to a middle of the pack NBA franchise? Well that’s a subject that can be debated all day and should be left for another post.

What isn’t debatable is that with Miller’s apparent departure, the Sixers backcourt is now a scary mess. On paper right now Eddie Jordan’s backcourt rotation will include unproven combo-guard Louis Williams, rookie Jrue Holiday, specialist Jason Kapono and Willie Green who is labeled as a shooting guard, but that is also up for debate as well. If you listen to Stefanski, a TBD wily veteran will be added at a later date this summer (Anyone want to bet it’s Kevin Ollie?).  That backcourt scenario should give Jordan nightmares. We know it keeps us here at Philadunkia up at night. 


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“SCRAPPLE” NOW 0-4

Posted by: Philadunkia
07/09/09 6:05 pm EST

jholidaysummerleague2Once again, the Sixers/Nets fell into an early hole, and couldn’t climb out, as they fell behind the Thunder by as many as 16 in the first half before falling to an OPSL worst 0-4 with an 83-62 loss.

The Philadelphia/New Jersey team, or as the Magic broadcasters called them, “The Scrapple,” had 18 fouls in the first gaffe, including four on Jrue Holiday and three each on Terrence Williams, Jason Ellis and Marreese Speights to go along with 12 turnovers.

B. J. Mullens on the other hand had a great half, going 6-9 from the floor, adding 6 points in the second half to finish with 18.


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