ADAM ARON ON THE LINE

Posted by: Steve Toll
03/04/13 8:20 pm EST

Earlier today 76ers CEO and Twitter aficionado Adam Aron was a guest of the Mike Missanelli show on 97.5 The Fanatic.  Aron was actually brave enough to allow Missanelli to take calls from actual listeners who were then allowed to ask Aron questions on the Sixers   

I was lucky enough to get a call in to the show and have a couple questions answered by Aron and Missanelli on the radio.

My questions were aimed at Kwame Brown and the overall cap room of the team.  

After the jump, is a transcript of my questions and Aron’s responses as well as significant analysis of the CEO’s answers.


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GM 56: (HISTORIC) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
03/01/13 9:16 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 82 FinalRecap | Box Score 93 Chicago Bulls
Thaddeus Young, SF 39 MIN | 4-13 FG | 1-4 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | -21

I hope that last night’s shooting woes were just a matter of Thad still getting himself back into game shape. Thad was also noticeably late on several weak-side rotations.

Evan Turner, SF 39 MIN | 6-16 FG | 0-1 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | -8

I honestly don’t know what to write about “The Enigma” anymore. Turner comes out on fire — 5-7 in the 1st Q and then outside of a nice alley-oop to Moultrie in the 2nd Q, he just disappears. He continues to pound the ball into the floor until late in the shot clock (more on this later).  One sequence in the 4th drove me nuts…After jacking and missing a wing 3PA, the Bulls grabbed the rebound and set up their half court offense down the other end.  Long story short, Turner is late on a rotation and then weakly fouls Noah on a lay-in for an AND 1.  At the time of the ill-advised 3PA, the Sixers had a chance to cut the Bulls lead to 6 or 7 and instead ended up down 12 after Noah’s FT.

Spencer Hawes, C 37 MIN | 7-18 FG | 6-6 FT | 15 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 20 PTS | -6

Hawes recovered from a horrible start offensively to post a double-double.  Still he got absolutely worked by Noah at both ends and that’s all I or anyone else will remember from this game.

Jrue Holiday, PG 41 MIN | 10-19 FG | 1-3 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 22 PTS | -13

Jrue’s scoring outburst in the 2nd Q (7 points) kept the Sixers in this game. He also had 7 points in the 3rd Q that helped the Sixers claw back into this one after falling behind by 16.  So he had the offense going last night.  However I thought he had some trouble guarding Hinrich at times and that hurt the Sixers.

Nick Young, SG 27 MIN | 1-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +1

Nick is 2-16 in his last 3 games.  Where is the Swaggy P fan club now?

Arnett Moultrie, PF 7 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | 0

4 points in 6+ mins during the 1st half and DC can’t find any burn for this kid in the 2nd half.  Simply stupid Doug.

Dorell Wright, SF 25 MIN | 2-4 FG | 1-3 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -7

If Wright could have knocked home his FTs, he would have gotten a better grade.  I’m ready to try this guy in the first-five again as it is obvious Nick’s hot streak is over.

Jeremy Pargo, PG 13 MIN | 0-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 1 PTS | -5

What the hell has happened to this guy since putting on a Sixers uniform?

Kwame Brown, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

I guess DC’s big, physical presence couldn’t have gone into this game and attempted to keep Noah off the glass?  Money well spent…

Doug Collins

I’m still recovering from the post game meltdown DC had the other night, so I’m going to leave this one alone except to say this…Perhaps no team has had more injury issues then the Bulls this year (Rose, Hamilton, Gibson, etc.) and yet Thibs has figured out a way to win and has never given the ‘woe is me’ comments like Collins has done this year.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last night…


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
02/28/13 12:07 pm EST

A great “open letter” style email piece to Sixers ownership from Jason Wolf at delawareonline.com.  A MUST READ.

John Finger at csnphilly.com thinks the Sixers organization need to “flip the script” and looks at the Sixers horrible tendency to shoot from “the yard”.  Something we have been complaining about all year. 

Video commentary by Stephen A. Smith  & Skip Bayless on DC’s meltdown.

From Yahoo Sports, a preview of tonight’s Sixers at Bulls game which is on national TV.  The Sixers could get really smoked tonight in Chicago and further continue their slide to the 2013 Lottery.  Although the Bulls are 4-8 in their last 12 games.  

A quick “76ers” search on craigslist.com finds a guy with 100 Mo Speights youth jerseys to sell.  NO LIE!

With the 2012-13 season firmly in the crapper, it’s time to look at he 2013 NBA Draft.  At nbadraft.net they are projecting that the 76ers will select 11th and take Willie Cauley-Stein from Kentucky.


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CHANGES NEEDED NOW

Posted by: Jake Fischer
02/27/13 1:21 pm EST

Tuesday night, the 76ers sank to a new low in the mess that is the 2012-2013 season. Following a 14-point loss to the now 16-41 Orlando Magic, a team they had previously demolished by 17 points, the Sixers are now 22-33 overall.

What’s worst of all, is that because of tiebreakers, Doug Collins and company are now in last place in the Atlantic Division.  Through this six-game losing streak it has become crytsal clear that this team needs a change in order to inject some energy into this squad and revitalize what has spiraled into a simply lifeless team.

Following the gruesome loss down at the Wells Fargo Center, Collins made headlines with his blatantly critical comments about the lack of effort and energy from his players.

“We made a huge deal and we have nobody playing a part of that deal.  How many teams can give up Andre Iguodala, Moe Harkless and Nikola Vucevic and have nothing in return playing?  That’s tough to overcome,” Collins told reporters after the game.  “That’s just the facts.  I’m not looking for any outs.  That’s a fact. Nik Vucevic had 19 rebounds tonight. Spencer had one, I think Lavoy had two… I did not think our guys prepared themselves during the break to come back to play.”

The problem with Collins’ comments is that he was largely responsible, along with the front office, for making the off-season moves that gave him his current roster.


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GM 55: (PATHETIC) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
02/26/13 10:16 pm EST
Orlando Magic 98 FinalRecap | Box Score 84 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 34 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -17

How does a guy who just missed 3 weeks of action and is still rounding into “game shape” turn out to be the second best player on the floor for the Sixers?  It’s Thad…that’s how.

Evan Turner, SF 28 MIN | 2-7 FG | 6-10 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -27

After a six game stretch of decent play, the enigma that is ET took a nose dive tonight.  I did like that he got to the FT line 10 times, but Herb Magee should be embarrassed that Turner is one of his projects.

Spencer Hawes, C 21 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -17

Remind me why didn’t we trade this stiff at the deadline?  1 rebound…ONE

Jrue Holiday, PG 39 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 10 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | -12

Jrue nearly posted a double-double tonight, but he did not seem like himself.  I didn’t see that ORL did anything special to take Holiday out of the game but Jrue didn’t score his 1st bucket until the 1st Q buzzer and he really never got going tonight.  Still, 10 dimes and only 1 turnover has a nice ring to it

Nick Young, SG 14 MIN | 1-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -9

Swaggy P has left the building…

Lavoy Allen, PF 18 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +5

He scored 2 straight buckets for the Sixers to open the 3rd Q and that was his night.  On defense he provided nothing.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 6 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +3

In 6 mins he grabbed the same number of rebounds as Hawes.  So by Sixers standards, Moultrie should get an extension right now.

Dorell Wright, SF 16 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +3

I’m still waiting for this “sharpshooter” to get on track from deep.

Charles Jenkins, PG 2 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 0

Hello, nice to meet you

Jeremy Pargo, PG 21 MIN | 5-8 FG | 2-3 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | +2

His defense was suspect but outside of that I have no issues with the way Pargo played tonight.

Royal Ivey, PG 11 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -2

Okay…Ivey earned his paycheck tonight

Damien Wilkins, SG 29 MIN | 6-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +1

Wilkins was one of the few Sixers who brought the energy and effort tonight.  DW looked like a true Wilkins family member with the FB dunk he threw down and then the alley-oop he caught in the 1st half.

Doug Collins

How about the mad dash DC made to the locker room before the final horn even sounded!?!  Way to stand by your guys coach.  In the post game presser he cited that he didn’t know there was going to be a shot clock violation called on ORL at the end of the game as the reason for his early exit.  BS. What the hell is he saying at half that the Sixers start the 3rd Qs so poorly.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Tonight…


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TRADES THAT WON’T HAPPEN

Posted by: Philadunkia
02/21/13 12:08 pm EST

After last night’s loss in Minnesota and DC’s post game comments, the 2012-2013 season is nearly a wrap for the 76ers.  To be honest, outside of Jrue Holiday’s All-Star campaign, this year has been a highly disappointing one for the 7-6. 

That disappointment will continue today as it’s very unlikely that the 76ers are major players at the trade deadline.  Toni Dileo squashed any sliver of hope we had left when he came out and said, “we don’t plan on making any moves”

Why any NBA front office person would make that statement and show his poker hand just before the trade deadline is a mystery to us here at Philadunkia, but that’s another post for another time.

After the jump, Philadunkia scribes Jake Fischer and Steve Toll each propose three deals that the Sixers should make today because the trades potentially make sense for the future of this franchise.  


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KNEERLY DONE ?!?

Posted by: C. Smith
02/20/13 11:07 am EST

Putting aside Andrew Bynum’s interesting hair style choice for a second, let’s take a deeper look at the comments he made to the mainstream media regarding the latest setback (I guess that’s still the proper term.) with his knees.  While we review Bynum’s words, let’s also remember a short-lived article posted back in November that had an interesting prediction for those same knees.

In short, on Tuesday Bynum pushed back the timetable for his Sixers debut yet again, by stating that he could begin practicing with the team in “a week, could be two” and is “a couple weeks out” from going live against defenders.  He then followed those gems with this comment, “I’ll definitely be back sometime this year,”  

That last comment is interesting to me because Bynum has an appointment today with yet another doctor – Dr. Glashow.  Glashow as you may recall just happens to be the same doctor who recently determined Jason Richardson’s nagging knee needed season-ending surgery.  Glashow then performed that operation earlier this week.

“He said he has some new software or something that can show what’s going on,” Bynum said about Glashow. “I’m waiting to see what he says.”

Ohh boy.  Does anyone else see where this is headed?

If it is determined today that Bynum does in fact need surgery, it would be ironic as surgey is something that Jason Wolf of delawareonline.com wrote  back in November could be in store for Bynum’s knees after he spoke with an “internationally respected orthopedic surgeon”. 


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GM 51: (UNHAPPY) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
02/14/13 9:55 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 92 FinalRecap | Box Score 94 Milwaukee Bucks
Lavoy Allen, PF 27 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | -1

Lavoy just struggles so badly to guard / hedge on the pick-n-roll that I can’t comment on anything else he did last night.

Evan Turner, SF 41 MIN | 8-19 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 20 PTS | +1

Another roller coaster game for ET.  He came out of the gate and threw up an ill-advised shot and had a bad TO.  For that DC gave him the quick hook. When he was sent back in during the 1st Q he committed 2 more TOs and went 1-3 from the field.  ET did rally in the 2nd half and had some solid drives to the tin.  However when he was at the point in the 3rd Q he failed on several pick-n-roll ops to hit Moultrie as dove to the rim .  Of course his driving lay up to get the 7-6 within 1 point during the closing seconds was very nice.  Anyone else have motion sickness?

Spencer Hawes, C 41 MIN | 7-14 FG | 5-6 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | -4

If Spence could learn to provide any resistance at all on the defensive end, he could be a solid reserve in this League.  He simply carried the Sixers on offense during the 4th Q (10 pts.) and the Sixers needed that badly.  Still he doesn’t go to the bucket with authority and that soft finger roll he missed in the early 4th was just another example of that fact.

Jrue Holiday, PG 39 MIN | 6-17 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 12 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 16 PTS | 0

Jrue recorded yet another double-double last night, but some questionable shot selection in the 4th Q and a costly TO caused me to hit him with the “B”.  He did a nice job of finding Moultrie on the pick-n-roll and also took the ball to the basket frequently.  Two other things I noticed…Jrue can not get a foul call from the refs & Jrue will always have trouble guarding smaller-quicker guards (CP3, Jennings, etc.).  He’s 6-4 and nearly 200 lbs., so we’re going to have to live with the fact that some of the slighter point men in the League will give him fits.  Lastly, the dribble-drive, ball fake, lay-in move he made in the 2nd Q was fantastic.

Nick Young, SG 33 MIN | 4-6 FG | 4-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -2

Swaggy started out on fire as he was 4-4 on FGAs in the 1st Q and then thanks to fouls and DC’s quick hook, NY cooled off from there.  I really liked that he got to the FT line and made the freebies.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 19 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +1

He needs to work on his FTs and I’d like to see him make a few more of his FGAs, but another solid night from Arnett.  It blows me away that in the 1st Q after two FGM on the pick-n-roll and a couple of boards that DC yanks him and he just sits on the bench for what seemed like an eternity

Dorell Wright, SF 7 MIN | 1-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +2

4 points in 7 ticks and 2-2 on FTs.  Not bad for a guy who is in the Do(u)g-house.

Jeremy Pargo, PG 18 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 2 PTS | -2

Pargo seemed a little off last night, but I like when he is playing point with Jrue on the floor.  I think more of that last night would have been a good move by DC.

Royal Ivey, PG 11 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | 0

The 3PA he hit in the late 3rd Q was huge for the Sixers, but other then that it was a quiet night for Ivey.  Ohh yeah until the final ticks…he needed to call a TO after the jump ball in the final seconds fell into his hands.  Turning the ball over there with a bad pass is simply a ridiculous mistake for a veteran.

Damien Wilkins, SG 5 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -5

5 mins…1 bucket…well done

Kwame Brown, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

Hey, did you hear the one about the big guy who sat around doing nothing and got paid $2 million?

Doug Collins

I loved that he yanked ET early on, but I didn’t like that he pulled Swaggy in the 1st when he picked up his second foul.  Swaggy was on fire at that point and you have to let the guy play it out.  I continue to hate that he lets ET run the point for large stretches.  Moultrie deserved more minutes.  And I am starting to wonder why the Sixers can’t get a call — is it possibly a DC thing?

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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BENCH WOES

Posted by: Jake Fischer
02/13/13 10:16 am EST

On Monday night, the 76ers were beaten by the Los Angeles Clippers in nearly every statistical category recorded for the game of basketball.  Considering they lost to a team nicknamed, “Lob City”, you would think a defining storyline to discuss two days after a 107-90 dismantling would be points in the paint, rebounding and/or fast break buckets.

Even though the Sixers did lose all of those statistical battles vs. the LAC, to me what stuck out more in that contest was the polar opposite impacts each team’s bench had on the game.  At one point in the blowout affair, the Clippers bench combined for 19-straight points in the first half as they tallied 41 points overall in the game.  Meanwhile DC’s second unit contributed virtually nothing until the game was well out of reach.

On the season overall, the Clippers have utilized their talented and plentiful bench to secure numerous victories.  The depth and versatility of LAC’s reserves allows coach Vinny Del Negro to run five bench players on the court at several points in each game without much of a drop-off  – 40.4 ppg. (2nd in the NBA).

The Sixers, on the other hand, have been the recipients of close to zero production from their bench this entire season – 25th in the League with 27.6 ppg.  Prior to their garbage time induced 32 point outburst against the Clippers, the Sixers bench had been simply brutal in its last seven games.  Over that stretch, Collins had received the following point totals from his non-starters — 15, 33, 19, 7, 21, 11 and 8. 

If you’re keeping track at home those numbers produce an average of 16.2 ppg. over the seven game span.

That’s simply disturbing.   


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THERE’S NO CRYING in THE NBA

Posted by: Jake Fischer
02/09/13 11:53 am EST

Now that multiple 76ers players have joined Andrew Bynum on the team’s injured list, head coach Doug Collins has started to suggest his depleted roster is the reason this team is struggling through a down season.

Well coach, injuries are part of the game and until this past week, you only had one key player from your lineup miss significant time.  Thus it’s hard to justify the injury excuse as the reason behind the Sixers disappointing season. 

So let’s stop making excuses and find a way to win because you’re being paid millions of dollars to lead this NBA team to victories not to whine about the suddenly injury plagued roster that you helped build.

If you look at the Sixers’ Atlantic Division rival, the Boston Celtics, one would find evidence that clearly teams in the NBA can win a few games here and there even without their star player.  In fact, the Celtics are now 6-0 in their games since  Rajon Rondo tore his ACL against the Atlanta Hawks on January 25.  The reason for their recent success?  Boston has incredible depth at the guard spot ever since they brought in Courtney Lee, Jason Terry and Leandro Barbosa this offseason.

The Sixers on the other hand have very limited depth on their roster and now that injuries have become a factor, this glaring fact is killing the team.

 
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