09/24/12 4:45 pm EST
- Sixers announce that senior vice president of basketball operations Tony DiLeo has now become the teams new General Manager. I like DiLeo as a person. I thought he did a pretty good job of coaching the team in the 2008-09 season, while almost upsetting the eventual Eastern Conference champion Orlando Magic in the playoffs that year. I think the Sixers keeping the position in house isn’t necessarily a bad thing. DiLeo has proved to be a valuable asset in changing the culture of the Sixers around in the past 5 years. It also gives coach Collins some more say in what moves are made which I feel is a good thing as well, rather than the debacles which have occurred from the likes of Billy King and Ed Stefanski over the years.
- It seems as though Philadunkia’s very own Steve Toll has the chance at a major promotion as well, as DiLeo wants to hire an advanced stat person in the front office in the coming months.
- Former Mav great Josh Howard got a workout with the Sixers Monday. Howard once averaged 20 points a game with the Mavs, but in this past season only averaged close to 9 points a game with the Jazz. I don’t think the Sixers end up with Howard, but it’s an interesting note anyway.
- According to the New York Post, the division rival Knicks are apparently looking into Philly native Rasheed Wallace to fill one of their final roster spots. Sheed last played in the 2009-10 season with the Boston Celtics, and at 38 years old he’ll have to show coaches a lot in camp in order to make the team. Wallace of course attended Simon Gratz High School in Philly where in his senior year he averaged 16 points, 15 rebounds, and seven blocks a game on his way to being named the USA Today High School Player of the Year.
- Grab your tickets now to the Sixers preseason game against the new Brooklyn Nets at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on October 13th or make your way up to the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY to watch the Sixers face the New York Knicks in Carmelo Anthony’s return to the school that he helped win a National Championship back in 2003.
- The Sixers held tryouts for both the flight squad and the Sixers PA announcer. The winners of both will be announced in the very near future.
- Apparently Turtle from Entourage has interest in both the Sixers and Eagles in his latest tweets.
- I reported not too long ago on twitter that I spotted Spencer Hawes roaming around the streets of Old City. Yesterday the big man was seen wearing a Phillies “Hawes” jersey in Center City along with teammates Arnett Moultrie and Maalik Wayns. I discovered that they were all in attendance at the Phillies game yesterday along with teammates Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young, and Lavoy Allen on Turner’s twitter feed to watch new teammate Andrew Bynum throw out the first pitch. Apparently Ladder 15 is a popular spot for Hawes and crew after games.
- Nick Young hits twitter to promote the documentary about his youth called Second Chance Season.
That’s it for now. Until next time, follow us on twitter @philadunkia or myself @Sixersblog.