Monthly Archive  August 2009

 
 

A RUNNING MATE FOR LOUIS

Posted by: Philadunkia
08/28/09 11:27 am EST

andrew_toneyIf you visit this site regularly you are aware by now that we here at Philadunkia are very concerned about the 76ers situation at the two-guard position.

The thought of another season in which Willie Green gets the bulk of the starts at that spot makes us sick to our stomach. As solid of a player as he is, Andre Iguodala simply does not shoot the ball well enough from the outside (especially from deep) to play that position and we believe that was proven last year. Besides we predict that in Eddie Jordan’s Princeton offense, Iggy will be handling the ball a good deal and initiating the offense, something AI9 did a lot of in high school. Jason Kapono and his smooth J was a nice off-season addition and will give the Sixers an outside threat off the bench, but he’s not a starter in this League.

So we still need to find someone to play alongside Louis Williams in the back-court. Now we realize that in the Princeton offense the guard spots are interchangeable and that in this system the traditional NBA speak terms of “point guard” and “two-guard” are pushed to the side. However, in our opinion you can call the spot whatever you want to, it still doesn’t change the fact that the Sixers need a guard who can flat out bang down the jumper to pair with Louis Williams and thus improve the overall team’s outside shooting.  

Based on Ed Stefanski’s comments to the Philadelphia media, it does not seem likely that the Sixers will address this need before the start of the 2009-10 NBA season. So with that thought in mind, we combed through the history of the 76ers franchise and selected the Top 5 two-guards (or shooting guards if your prefer) from the past that we would love to see paired with Louis in the 2009-10 76ers back-court.  


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: Philadunkia
08/21/09 9:39 am EST

thadyogaJameer Nelson and a number of other Orlando Magic players — including Vince, Rashard & JJ Redick — were in Philly this week for their annual “summer bonding camp” which is hosted by Nelson who as we all know is a Chester native. Some of the Sixers have been taking part in the conditioning workouts over at Summit Sports Training in Bryn Mawr with Nelson and his Orlando teammates. At left is a picture of Thaddeus Young gettin’ his yoga on with Nelson and the O-town crew.

In addition to the conditioning workouts this week, Louis Williams, Jason Smith and Thad have been teaming up with a host of other area NBA ballers (Hakim Warrick and Kyle Lowery to name two) and scrimmaging daily over at Haverford College vs. the Magic players in town for Nelson’s week long event. Another pic after the jump. 


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I STREAM, USTREAM, SIXERS STREAM

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
08/19/09 10:34 am EST

iggytwit-copyIIThe newest generation of basketball players is in and to go along with their blogs and twitter feeds is now UStream. UStream is a site just like Skype that is used for video chats, but it is becoming hotter by the day among young NBA players. Kevin Durant, Chris Bosh, Dwight Howard, Jason Thompson, Stephon Marbury, J.R. Smith, and Eddy Curry have all been users of the site as well as two very familiar faces to Philadunkia nation: Andre Iguodala and Lou Williams. I caught up with Andre Iguodala and Lou on their UStream broadcasts a couple nights ago. It was pretty entertaining and they were able to answer most of their fans questions as well as mine that were fed through the chat section of the video stream.


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THINKING OF AN ANSWER

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
08/18/09 9:06 am EST

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“I can’t help imagining, Vick, McNabb, Rollins and Iverson all playing in the City of Brotherly Love……..Picture That!”

            — A recent Allen Iverson Twitter entry 

If Allen Iverson can ponder his return to Philadelphia publicly, then why can’t I?

After all, very few players were as closely associated with their team as Allen Iverson was with the 76ers during his turbulent and terrific tenure there.  He was the teams’ most consistent and outstanding player, and it was nearly impossible to hold a relevant conversation about the team without mentioning Allen.  He single-handily rescued the team from mediocrity for a decade, taking the fans on a wild ride that included stops at All-Star games, playoff series, and a long-awaited stop at the NBA Finals (a destination that the team has yet to even approach since Allen’s departure).  Allen was a bona fide superstar, and his tremendous triumphs on the court consistently made me happy to be a Sixers fan.  And then something happened.  Allen was traded.  I will never forget the moment.  I was shopping in Best Buy, re-upping on the latest rap albums, when my phone rang and I was informed by my friend on the other line that Allen, along with my dreams of his bringing a title to Philadelphia, had been shipped to Denver. 

 
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WARRICK COMMENTS ON SPURNING SIXERS

Posted by: Philadunkia
08/14/09 8:53 am EST

hakimfloorLate last week, Philadelphia basketball product and treasured good citizen Hakim Warrick turned down an offer from the 76ers to sign with the Milwaukee Bucks. At first glance, the disappointing news of Warrick’s decision was a head scratcher for many in Philadunkia nation. After all, while the 76ers aren’t exactly going to contend for the NBA title this year,  the Sixers are a hell of a lot better then the mess that is the Milwaukee Bucks. Additionally, why would anyone choose to live in Milwaukee over Philadelphia, especially if you are from Philly?

Philadunkia’s Jeff McMenamin caught up with Warrick to get some answers and restore order to the universe. In the end, we belive you won’t be able to fault Warrick for his thinking.


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SEVENTY- TWEETERS

Posted by: Philadunkia
08/12/09 10:31 am EST

iguodalamohawkWe’re starting to think that’s what Ed Snider and Comcast should change the name of the Philadunkia franchise and start calling the 76ers the “Seventy-tweeters”.

In case you’ve been living in a cave for the last year or so, you know that celebs, wanna’ be celebs and of course athletes are very much in to having a Twitter account and updating “fans” on what they are doing every second of the day.

Well, we’re pleased to report that a trio of 76ers are among some of the best, most consistent  Tweeters in the NBA. So who are the Sixers with the serious Twitter skills? Well they are : Andre Iguodala (AI9), Louis Williams (TeamLou23) and Royal Ivey (ROYEAZZE). 


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TWO PREMIERES IN ONE DAY

Posted by: Philadunkia
08/10/09 4:19 pm EST

sixersnewuniOne was accidental and one was on purpose, but the 76ers made the headlines with the premiere of two new looks today.

You probably caught a glimpse the first item last night if your were watching SportsCenter, 6ABC or Comcast SportsNet and apparently it was also all over the Internet late last night (Some are saying uniwatchblog.com broke the story.) , but the NBA accidentally leaked photos and video of the Sixers new red road uniform (pictured here with Jrue Holiday wearing it). The photos and video of the new red roadies came from the NBA Rookie media day on Sunday up in Tarrytown, NY. The media event is staged by the NBA.


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STACK – OUCH

Posted by: Philadunkia
08/10/09 10:17 am EST

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In case you missed it…over the weekend for 76er Jerry Stackhouse got “Youtube’d ” by elite high school baller and soon to be University of Kentucky player John Wall. Wall’s flush on Stack’s head took place in a summer league game at the Greater North Carolina Pro Am

The NC Pro Am is no joke, so we wonder what an aging veteran like Stack is doing running the floor with a host of elite high school and college players as well as bunch of young NBA bucks. Getting embarrassed like this is certainly not going to help his prospects of finding an NBA job for 2009-10. Check out the clip after the jump.


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: Philadunkia
08/07/09 7:39 am EST

primoWe know that this is supposed to be the NBA’s “slow period”, but truth be told, it was a very busy week here in Philadunkia nation. The 76ers released their 2009-10 schedule, picked up a free agent — a European player no less – , hired an assistant coach, Elton Brand spoke,  we got a first look at Iguodala’s new Nike sneaker and we found out that our new arch rivals, the Orlando Magic, are cheaters.

What else could a Sixers fan ask for during the second week of August?


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FORGET PRIMO, ELTON SPEAKS

Posted by: Philadunkia
08/06/09 10:20 am EST

eltonbrandnbaHidden underneth the HUGE news that the 76ers signed Primoz Brezec to a one-year deal was the fact that sixers.com posted an interview with Elton Brand.

Look, Brezec is going to sit behind Sammy Dalembert, Elton Brand, Marreese Speights and Jason Smith, so please excuse us if we don’t get fired up about the signing of a 5th big who spent last season in Italy, last balled in the League during in ’07-08 (50 games with the Bobcats, Pistons and Raptors) and has NBA career averages of 7.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.

For the record, Brezec with seven seasons of NBA play under his belt gets to $1.1 million for his time in Philadunkia nation next year. 

We’re more focused on what Elton had to say as the Sixers big-man has been nearly dead silent since the season came to a n ugly, finger pointing halt against Orlando.


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