Monthly Archive  December 2011

 
 

COACH COLLINS ON 97.5

Posted by: C. Smith
12/09/11 11:21 am EST

On Thursday – one day before the 2011-12 season officially opens — 76ers Head Coach Doug Collins was a call-in guest for “The Mike Missanelli Show” on 97.5 “The Fanatic”.  Collins was very chipper and seemed to be extremely confident that the 7-6 are going to have a very good year.

“Mikey Miss” and Collins discussed a variety of topics including the Sixers recent success, Thaddeus Young, Evan Turner’s jumper, using the amnesty clause on Brand’s contract and where the Sixers stand in the East.

We didn’t agree with everything Collins had to say, but we also couldn’t believe how straight forward Collins was in the interview. 

We transcribed one of our favorite clips and provide you with a link to the full interview with Collins after the jump.


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
12/08/11 11:43 am EST

Jason Kapono will be a Laker.  Riding the bench in LA is probably better then picking splinters in Philly.  To say his time here in Philadunkia nation was disappointing is an understatement.  However, certified WAG Mrs. Kapono will be missed. 

Jrue Holiday arrived at PCOM yesterday and Bob Cooney of philly.com got a few minutes with Jrue.  Sixers.com has a video interview with Jrue.

Don’t forget to vote in the new 76ers mascot election process.

Louis Williams agrees with our analysis of the Sixers schedule yesterday.  “We have a chance to clean up early,” Louis tells csnphilly.com.

At foxsports.com Billy Witz writes that the “older” teams will have trouble with the brutal 66-game schedule and thus, “In the Eastern Conference, the 76ers might be ready to take a leap into the top tier…”


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2011-12 SCHEDULE ANALYSIS

Posted by: C. Smith
12/07/11 11:23 am EST

Much to our excitement, the 76ers 2011-12 schedule was finally released last night.  And while we have no idea what is going to happen with the Sixers roster or the rest of the NBA when the free agency frenzy launches later this week, we took a stab at analyzing the upcoming 66-game slate.

We had to make a lot of asssumptions based on what the teams looked like at the end of 2010-11 in our predictions for 2011-12, so we reserve the right to make some changes after the free agent bonanza comes to a halt. 

With those assumptions in mind we believe Sixers fans will be very pleased with how we predict the start off the 2011-12 season will go for the 7-6.  If they can manage to survive the opening 5-game Disney on Ice road trip Philadunkia’s home team has been burdened with, then a very pleasing  month of January awaits them.  So we are predicting a fast start from the 2011-12 Sixers.

However, a fast start may be cancelled out completely if the 7-6 can not keep it together during the brutal stretch the scheduling gods have planned for Doug Collins and Co. in the final month of this shortened season.


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LET’S GET IT STARTED

Posted by: Tim Parker
12/05/11 11:54 am EST

Jubilation, relief, excitation, hope, and unadulterated glee spread all throughout the Delaware Valley in the hearts of Sixers’ fans everywhere when the NBA and the Players’ Association recently announced that they had reached a good faith agreement that would end the NBA lockout.

After all, the last time the NBA had a shortened season, the Sixers began a five year streak of consecutive playoff appearances including their only trip to the NBA Finals since 1983.  Before then, they hadn’t reached the playoffs for seven straight seasons after the Barkley era.

Of course, this time around it’s much different.  They are certainly contenders for a playoff spot.  Unfortunately for them, that’s all that they will contend for – not for this year only – but for the foreseeable future.  There’s no doubting the talent of the youth laden squad.  There’s also no doubt that the Sixers are lacking a superstar and that Andre Iguodala or Elton Brand, wasn’t, isn’t, and won’t ever fulfill that role.

So, what is a front office to do?


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TO TANK OR NOT TO TANK ?? (II)

Posted by: Philadunkia
12/02/11 10:19 am EST

That is the question…we threw out to you the readers yesterday. 

As we mentioned there is no consensus here at the Philadunkia offices as to what approach the 76ers should take for the upcoming 2011-12 season.  From reading comments on this and other Sixers sites, talking to other Sixers fans and listening to sports talk show hosts, there does not seem to be any agreement on “the street” either.

On one side (in our offices and on the street) are those who say Josh Harris and Co. should give Rod Thorn the green light to do whatever it takes in order to assemble the best basketball team possible for this 66-game season and thus build on the success the team had in 2010-11.  On Wednesday, in the first of this two part series, Tom Sunnergren stated his case for why he feels strongly that the 76ers should, “Go For It” during the 2011-12 season.

On the other side of this discussion are those who say that this abbreviated season presents a perfect opportunity for the Sixers and their new owners to hit the “reset button” in order to get a fresh start and establish a brighter future for this franchise.  Today Philadunkia scribe C. Smith lobbies for the 7-6 to take a “competitively indifferent” approach to the 2011-12 season and look to the future right NOW.  

You may choose to call it what it really is, that ugly sports term known as — “Tanking”.


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TO TANK OR NOT TO TANK ??

Posted by: Philadunkia
12/01/11 10:36 am EST

That is the question…that has been bantered around the Philadunkia.com offices this week regarding what approach the 76ers should take for the lockout shortened 2011-12 NBA season. 

As you can imagine, there is no consensus here at our offices.

Now that the work stoppage has come to an “unofficial” end and pro hoops talk is starting to build some momentum around town, there also appears to be a clear divide among the Philadelphia faithful on what the Sixers  game plan should be for this upcoming season.  

On one side (in our offices and on the street) are those who say Josh Harris and Co. should give  Rod Thorn the green light to do whatever it takes in order to assemble the best basketball team possible for this 66-game season and thus build on the success the team had in 2010-11.  On the other side are those who say that this abbreviated season presents a perfect opportunity for the Sixers and their new owners to hit the “reset button” in order to get a fresh start and establish a brighter future for this franchise. 

Sixer nation is a country divided. 

So, two scribes here a Philadunkia were charged with defending each of the above positions — “Tank” or “Go for It” — in order to help you choose a side.

In the first of a two part series, Tom Sunnergren states his case for why he feels strongly that the 76ers should, “Go For It” during the 2011-12 season.


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