Via Evan Turner’s Twitter account (thekidet) we learn that Turner has already picked out his suit for the Draft, watched the Draft Lottery at his grandparents house and is in Chicago for the Draft Combine where he watched the Lakers thump the Suns in his hotel room.
610 WIP’s Howard Eskin broke the story two days ago and now everyone including ESPN is reporting that the Sixers are involved in ongoing negotiations with Doug Collins to be their next head coach.
We noted yesterday that several Draft projection “experts” are predicting that the Sixers will NOT select Evan Turner at #2. Now the Inqy’s Stephen A. Smith believes we may want to give Turner a closer look. Stephen A. talked with several NBA scouts and the consensus from his group of contacts on Turner is, “…impressive midrange shooting. His good hands. His craftiness and his basketball IQ. The problem is NBA teams also focused on his lack of speed and athleticism, along with questions about his long-range shooting. His struggling defense struggles because of suspect lateral movement is also a minus, particularly for someone considered an NBA 2-guard.”
Dei Lynam talks with GM Ed Stefanski the day after the Sixers leaped from #6 all the way up to #2 in the 2010 NBA Draft. Warning: There’s a lot of trade talk in this interview.
Also over at CSNPhilly.com writer Sean Keane declares that the Sixers must forget the trade talk and take Evan Turner.
At Libertyballers.com there is a solid post on the “Case Against Doug Collins” as the next Sixers head coach. As we noted two days ago, Collins is not Philadunkia’s top choice for the job either.
There’s a great “Chocolate Thunder” highlight reel running as the opening splash page over at sixers.com
Brain over at depressedfan.com notes that there has been a lot of trade talk surrounding AI9 since the Sixers moved up to the #2 spot in the 2010 NBA Draft. He then theorizes that such trade talk is stupid. He also offers that drafting Turner will have a huge impact on Thad Young not AI9 and that 2010-11 could be a career defining year for Thad.
SI.com lists former 76er greats Allen Iverson and Charles Barkley as well as former Sixer stop-gap Chris Webber as three of the “Best Players Never to Win an NBA Title”.
DC Sports Blog was one of the first to report that former Sixer center Manute Bol is in the hospital with kidney failure and Stevens-Johnson Syndrome.
Again from Twitter, we learn that Iguodala has picked up a pair of Skullcandy headphones. If you like AI9’s cans you can get your own pair here.