Monthly Archive  September 2011

 
 

NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
09/28/11 10:50 am EST

The NBA and the player reps will meet again today.

Sixers.com has a solid interview with one of Larry Brown’s favorite players — George Lynch.

At charlesbarkley.com there are some fantastic highlights of Chuck during his Sixer days

A quick “76ers” search of craigslist.com brings up this great piece of signed Sixers memorabilia from 1983-84

Via Bill Simmons’ baby — Grantland.com — we learn that according to the Oregonian‘s John Canzano last week, the owners have already decided to include an amnesty clause in the yet-signed labor agreement.  The big difference in this version (as opposed to the previous “Allen Houston clause”) : Teams can pick one player to waive, then pay off the rest of his contract … only this time, that player’s deal won’t count against the salary cap (not just the luxury tax).  We think you’ll be surprised at which player Simmons and Jonathan Abrams believe the Sixers would waive.


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RECAP: BATTLE of I-95

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
09/26/11 9:00 am EST

Sunday night at the Palestra I saw Chris Paul throw a perfectly placed alley-oop over the outstretched arms of Tyreke Evans and into the expectant hands of an in-stride and airborne Carmelo Anthony, who caught it and finished cleanly before getting a high-five from Lebron James.

This extraordinary sequence was, by my count, the seventh most interesting thing I witnessed at the “Battle of I-95″ – a charity basketball game that drew a handful of the greatest athletes on the planet, plus Lou Williams (31 points), to the University of Pennsylvania last night.  I was there too, obviously.

While there, the even more interesting things I saw were, in no particular order: Lebron James, milliseconds before the halftime buzzer sounded, reaching behind him to palm another alley-oop from Paul and, in one fluid motion, emphatically finish it one-handed; Team Philly, who had a combined zero All-Star berths and Olympic medals between them, defeat Team Baltimore, who had 15 and five, 131-122.


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
09/16/11 9:40 am EST

In ESPN.com’s “NBARank” series Spencer Hawes lands at #219.  While Andres Nocioni finds himself at #197.

Zach Lowe over at “The Point Forward” on SI.com has an interview with our man Thad Young.

A quick “76ers” craigslist search brings up a guy who has some great collectibles — Allen Iverson bobbleheads

John Smallwood of the DN asks, “What if you held a lockout and few cared?”

Sixers.com has interview with former Sixer “C-Spoon“.


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INTERVIEW: NIKOLA VUCEVIC

Posted by: Kevin Jones
09/12/11 9:06 am EST

Nikola Vucevic already has one distinct advantage over nearly every member of the NBA’s 2011 rookie class.  The native of Montenegro has a leg up on his draft class peers because Nikola has already played professional basketball this summer.

Vucevic represented his home country in the 2011 European Championships (Eurobasket 2011) and in a time where the NBA is full of uncertainty – especially regarding which rookies might have any impact with this much time away from their NBA teams – Vucevic’s Euro-action late this summer could make him a pleasant surprise for the Sixers if and when the 2011-12 season tips off.  A strong rookie campaign from ‘Big Nik’ would be the answer to the team’s Achilles’ heel at center and potentially could propel the 7-6 to the next level.

Recently Nikola took some time to answer a few questions from us here at Philadunkia via email.  Among the things we discussed with the former USC big man were: his last meeting with Doug Collins, what elements of his game he worked on this summer, why he signed on to play in Montenegro and his thoughts on adjusting to the NBA style of play.

Interview after the jump…


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VEGAS VACATION

Posted by: Philadunkia
09/06/11 10:48 am EST

As you probably know by now, starting next Monday there will be an “organized” two-week, basketball league out in Vegas that will feature only NBA players.  According to reports, more than 50 players will be crash Sin City to take part in a league at Abunassar Impact Academy, starting on Sept. 12

Games will be played in the afternoons and evenings, Monday through Friday for two weeks with the potential for a playoffs style tournament to follow.  Whether or not the public will be able to watch the games held at Abunassar Impact Academy’s facility is still up in the air. 

The two stretch of games has been given the title “Impact Basketball Competitive Training Series” and allegedly players such as Blake Griffin, Rudy Gay, John Wall, Jared Dudley, Chauncey Billups, Kyle Lowry and Zach Randolph have already committed to playing in the league. 

With all of these details in mind, the scribes here at Philadunkia.com where charged with  submitting a list of three Sixers players and/or draft picks they would like to see participate in the Vegas action.  AKA…These guys need to be there so they can get better. 

Our writers were also asked to provide a list of three 76ers players they believe are most likely to participate.  

Lists after the jump. 


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