We’re going to completely ignore the fact that he 76ers went out and won in Memphis on Saturday night and in the process completely blew any chance they had of sliding into the 3rd or 4th spot in the 2010 NBA Lottery.
We’re not sure who we are more angry at, the Sixers scrubs for shooting the lights out (57% from the field and 53% on 3PAs) or the Memphis Grizzlies for playing like dogs on Fan Appreciation Night in Memphis. No matter who we blame, the fact is that the Sixers blew it in a big way by winning this meaningless game and thus remain in the seven spot for the 2010 Draft. There is a chance they could get down to the 5th spot, but it’s remote. So it seems safe to say we are looking at a 6-9 pick in the 2010 Draft for the Sixers. To say we are simply disgusted with the team is an understatement. They can’t do anything right.
So today instead of recapping the W by the Sixers that most likely killed the team’s chances of getting a Top 5 pick this summer, we’re going to look at a few items that we’re in the news over the weekend about two ex-Sixers and Philadelphia’s most disliked native son.
ESPN’s news-magazine show “E:60” is running a feature Tuesday night on Kobe Bryant coming “home” to Philadelphia and of course the strained relationship between “The Black Mamba” and the City of Brotherly Love is the centerpiece of the story. The bulk of the feature was filmed out at Lower Merion High School when Kobe dropped in on his alma mater while the Lakers were in town to play the Sixers back at the end of January. Kobe’s visit to LMHS was covered in depth by all the local news channels here in Philadelphia, so there is not a lot of footage in the piece that you haven’t seen already, but we are hearing that the interview portion with Kobe is very solid. We will be very interested to hear Kobe’s view on why he gets no love in Philadelphia.
An article in this Friday’s “Bankrupcy Beat” of the Wall Street Journal lets us know that former 76er and Larry Brown favorite, Derrick Coleman has filed for bankrupcy. According to Eric Morath of the WSJ, Coleman filed for Chapter 7 protection in March but only recently provided details of his assets and debts. The Chapter 7 filing indicates that the onetime 76ers forward intends to liquidate his assets in order to pay back creditors. Among Coleman’s largest debts is $1.3 million owed to Comerica Bank in connection with a lawsuit and a $1 million loan on property in Michigan from Thornburg Mortgage Home Loans.
This is truly a sad story as Coleman was dedicated to investing in the city of Detroit by developing real estate, creating jobs and revitalizing business opportunities around the city. However as we all know, the state of the US economy has been terrible over the last two years. Detroit and for that matter the state of Michigan in general have been one of the hardest hit area’s in the country and has recently experienced some of the highest unemployment and foreclosure rates on record. It seems Coleman’s significant financial investments which were an attempt to rebuild inner city Detroit simply fell victim to the overall US economic conditions and left him no choice but to file for bankrupcy.
Finally, ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary series continues on Tuesday night with the airing of “No Crosover: The Trial of Allen Iverson. Considering what a roller-coaster ride this season was for Philly fans with Iverson, arguably the greatest modern day 76er, we’ll be highlighting the film later today and on Tuesday. We’ve already screened the film and we’ll post a review. Also Philadunkia’s Jeff McMenamin attended the Philadelphia “red carpet” premiere of the documentary last night and he’ll have a review of the festivities as well as photos from the big event.