Monthly Archive  August 2010

 
 

THE TRUTH HURTS

Posted by: Philadunkia
08/05/10 11:54 am EST

Recently Chad Ford and John Hollinger, the “NBA Insiders” over at ESPN.com, posted their Future Power Rankings of NBA teams.  As a refresher, we remind you that the Future Power Rankings are ESPN Insider’s projection of the on-court success expected for each team during the 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.  Or in simpler terms “a convenient way to see the direction your favorite team is headed.”

As we read over the most recent rankings by Ford and Hollinger we were not surprised to see that these respected NBA scribes placed the Sixers at #25 in their Future Power Rankings.  That’s right about where we had the 76ers in our own NBA rankings.  What surprised us is the accuracy with which these “national” writers analyzed the issues that plague Philadunkia’s favorite franchise.  It was as if they follow the Sixers on a daily / nightly basis or had secretly hidden a microphone here in the Philadunkia offices and had been listening to our conversations on the state of the franchise.

After the jump are the words ESPN.com’s Ford and Hollinger wrote about the state of the Sixers.  The breakdown will sting a little, but sometimes we need to hear the truth from outsiders for it to really hit home…


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DOWN THE SHORE — ET’S ALRIGHT

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
08/03/10 9:29 am EST

What do you do when you’ve just wrapped up your worst season in a decade, fired your head coach, and traded your starting center for two guys with tons of “upside”?          

You throw a Beach Party of course!          

On Saturday, July 31st at Jack’s Place in Avalon the Sixers hosted the 2010 version of their annual Beach Bash.         

Here was the scene: A bar/restaurant in one corner, a parking lot with a signing tent and stage and a few inflatable-bounce-pits in the other.  It was really hot and Evan Turner was in the house.          

The attention of the crowd was heavily focused on Turner and everybody cheered loudly when the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 Draft was introduced.  All-in-all a pretty exciting moment.  After allowing him a beat to soak in some adulation (which I think contains Vitamin D), his handlers led him to the autograph table and he went to work at the small-ball of fan pleasing, signing and smiling.  And stayed at it.  Patient guy.          

While I was angling to talk to Turner, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren took the podium and addressed the crowd.  He shared with them some specifics on the Flyers and some platitudes about building a winner. I turned around to see if Ed Stefanski was listening.  He wasn’t.          

When Holmgren was through, I asked him a few Sixers questions while a PR rep looked at us quizzically.  He expects 31 wins for the Sixers this year, 17 ppg for Evan Turner, and thinks AI9 will finish the year in a Sixers uniform.  Write it down.           

But back to the order of the day.  After Turner shot a Kia commercial, signed more autographs, and shook hands with all the people his handlers gently demanded he shake hands with, I got a chance to talk for a few minutes with the belle of the ball.          


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