GM42: Rapid (Turner) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/23/14 11:33 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 110 FinalRecap | Box Score 106 New York Knicks
Thaddeus Young, PF 39 MIN | 8-21 FG | 2-3 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 4 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | +18Thad did not have the most efficient scoring night, but the important thing is that he had a good overall game and hopefully this gets him back on track.  #21 had a couple of hoops off impressive cuts to the basket.  His block on Tyson Chandler in the 2nd Q was sweet.  Thad also racked up a savy, post-up AND1 in the 3rd Q (8 pts. in 3rd Q). Ohh yeah…the dagger 3 he drained in the 4th Q was clutch.

Evan Turner, SF 40 MIN | 13-22 FG | 5-5 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 34 PTS | +5A quick start (10 1st Q pts. on 4-4 from field & 2-2 from three) led to a career-high 34 points for “The Enigma”.  His socring outburst included a game-sealing pull-up J on the FB.  He also played respectable defense for the 1st time in a while. ‘Nuff said.

Spencer Hawes, C 25 MIN | 1-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | +10With Thad, Turner and MCW putting up a combined 61 FGAs, there weren’t many looks for hawes last night.  Spence handed out some pretty dimes last night, but a 7-footer has to grab more than 1 rebound.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 37 MIN | 5-18 FG | 7-10 FT | 12 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 19 PTS | +17An ice cold 3-13 shooting start kept MCW from what could have been a big game against the NYK’s weak defense.  Yet, he still managed a near triple-double thanks to spending the night at the FT line and converting.  The rookie had a great rebound & put back over Chandler in the 3rd Q and hit several key FTs down the stretch.  He collected more offensive rebounds than the Knicks as a whole team through 3 Q’s.

James Anderson, SG 37 MIN | 8-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 18 PTS | +9Arguably the best all-around game Anderson has played in a Sixers uniform.

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Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
08/26/13 1:51 pm EST

iverson7The definition of a hero is generally a person or figure, who is admired or idealized for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

As a Philadelphia sports fan my entire life, I have had plenty of opportunities to pick who this person was for me growing up.

There was the hard-hitting but well-spoken Brian Dawkins of the Eagles, that truly left everything he had out on the football field on Sunday’s. He set the tone on defense for a team which reached the Super Bowl in 2004.

There’s the great Chase Utley of the Phillies. He helped win the city its first major sports title after a 25-year drought and defines the word toughness on the baseball field.

Then there was the great Eric Lindros for the Flyers. He led the team to a Stanley Cup in 1997, before they were ousted in four games by the Detroit Red Wings. He was a scoring machine who is already in conversation to become an NHL Hall of Famer, just a few years out of the league.

All were or are still great athletes and at one point or another were considered the best at their respective positions.

But football, baseball and hockey didn’t nearly pique my interest in the way that basketball did when I was growing up. When a little guard from Georgetown first stepped on the court for the Sixers, I knew that there was only one guy to take this title from me. My hero was the man who donned No. 3 on his chest, had a pair of sweet Reebok sneakers on his feet and lined himself from head to toe with tattoos and accessories. My hero was Allen Iverson.

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Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
09/24/12 4:45 pm EST

With only 40 days left until the 2012-13 Sixers season gets underway there is plenty of news to talk about.


  • 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.
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Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
03/11/12 3:17 pm EST
Philadelphia 76ers 106 FinalRecap | Box Score 94 New York Knicks
Elton Brand, PF 33 MIN | 6-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | +4

Elton and the guy who used to be Amare Stoudemire were in stark contrast on Sunday.  Two guys whose skills have more or less completely left them, but one is still able–through pluck, grit, determination, and a bunch of other words generally used to describe depression-era boxers–to contribute; the other is an albatross.  Amare has a lot to learn from Brand.

Andre Iguodala, SF 39 MIN | 7-11 FG | 3-3 FT | 7 REB | 8 AST | 19 PTS | +10

Offensive limitations aside, he’s somewhere between good and great nearly every time he steps on the court.  Today, he was great.  He Turner and Young, when the three are on the floor, give the Sixers a trio that, in size, athleticism, and skill, nobody can match.

Nikola Vucevic, C 20 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -2

Well.  He didn’t do a whole lot of good.  He didn’t do a whole lot of bad either.  Till next time kid.

Evan Turner, SG 40 MIN | 9-14 FG | 6-7 FT | 15 REB | 2 AST | 24 PTS | +15

What else is there to say?  Evan Turner has gone from bust / afterthought to arguably the Sixers best player faster than you can say “Thank god Jodie Meeks isn’t playing 25 a game anymore.”  Dude looks confident, skilled, and generally like the National Player of the Year he was just 24 months ago.

Jrue Holiday, PG 38 MIN | 2-14 FG | 4-7 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | 0

Okay. So, he was pretty bad today, but he contributed to the 7-6’s impressive wrangling of Linsanity.  Holiday scored 8 points on 14 shots, but Lin got only 14 on 18.

Lou Williams, PG 28 MIN | 10-19 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 28 PTS | +7

Lou Williams was an absolute Tom Berenger-level sniper today.  He missed his final five shots, but still finished 10/19. He likes to shoot.

Thaddeus Young, F 35 MIN | 6-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | +11

Thad Young provides so much electricity off the bench it’s a wonder he isn’t regulated by the NERC.  Dude was outstanding again today, just jumping over and through everybody in his path.

Jodie Meeks, G 7 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +15

It was nice knowin’ ya kid.  Good luck and watch your top knot.

After the Jump, Six things We Saw Today…

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Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
09/26/11 9:00 am EST

Sunday night at the Palestra I saw Chris Paul throw a perfectly placed alley-oop over the outstretched arms of Tyreke Evans and into the expectant hands of an in-stride and airborne Carmelo Anthony, who caught it and finished cleanly before getting a high-five from Lebron James.

This extraordinary sequence was, by my count, the seventh most interesting thing I witnessed at the “Battle of I-95″ – a charity basketball game that drew a handful of the greatest athletes on the planet, plus Lou Williams (31 points), to the University of Pennsylvania last night.  I was there too, obviously.

While there, the even more interesting things I saw were, in no particular order: Lebron James, milliseconds before the halftime buzzer sounded, reaching behind him to palm another alley-oop from Paul and, in one fluid motion, emphatically finish it one-handed; Team Philly, who had a combined zero All-Star berths and Olympic medals between them, defeat Team Baltimore, who had 15 and five, 131-122.

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Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
01/13/11 11:01 am EST

It’s a sound business strategy, whenever there’s a big swapping of assets on the horizon, to find a way to interject yourself into of the proceedings, act a as sort of middle man, and feast on the scraps.

(I don’t know anything about business.  I think I saw this in a magazine.)

The Nets, Nuggets and Pistons have such a deal on the horizon.  As has been widely reported, this deal has been agreed to in principle by all three teams and the only thing holding it up is Melo’s refusal to agree to an extension with the Nets.  While the Knicks remain his top choice (a combination of proximity to his wife, Lala Vasquez’s, career and the possibility of forming his own big three with Stoudamire and Paul are reportedly the draw of Gotham) the Nets can clearly offer the Nuggets a better deal, and once management emphasizes to Melo that its NJ or nowhere (unless the Knicks make an incredible final offer, but what do they have though that matches Favors?) he will, I imagine, take the money and the first plane to Jersey rather than sign his extension under the new, and less generous, CBA.  Long story short, we’re assuming the Nets deal, in some form, is a go.

But before the paperwork on this deal hits the League offices, it’s worth considering ways the Sixers can elbow their way in. 

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Posted by: Lance Epstein
09/30/10 11:05 am EST

Since that gut wrenching day in 2006 when the Philadelphia 76ers decided to pull the trigger on a deal that sent perennial All-Star guard and Philadelphia icon Allen Iverson to the Denver Nuggets, this franchise has been searching for his replacement.

Originally, the Sixers planned that high rising, athletic swingman Andre Iguodala would become the face of the franchise and carry the torch.  Unfortunately, that plan has faltered for multiple reasons, and ultimately 76ers fans grew frustrated with first round playoff exits and uninspiring basketball and in turn stopped showing up at the Wells Fargo Center.  Then after the debacle that was the 2009-10 season, the 76ers fell into a sports blackhole  in this town and became irrelevant. 

Now, the forgotten franchise in the City of Brotherly Love has a an opportunity to resurrect its dying image and bring enthusiasm back to its fan base by trading for Carmelo Anthony.  Acquring Carmelo Anthony is a franchise saving opportunity and Philadunkia’s home team must do everything in their power to seal the deal and if that means that second overall pick Evan Turner must be sent to Denver along with Andre Iguodala, then so be it.

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Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
09/29/10 9:45 am EST

Ok, so there are some rumor winds swirling  from that the Sixers have made an offer for malcontent Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony, and that the Nuggets kinda, sorta, maybe like the deal.  The question of the hour is, do they like it, or do they like it, like it.

Let’s say they like it, like it.  I’m going to peer into my crystal ball and tell you how this one plays out (BTW, my crystal ball is a replica of Ed Stefanski’s head).  The trade would be incredibly popular initially with both fans and the less-savvy members of the media (but I repeat myself, zing!), and everybody would sing the praises of Rod Thorn and draw parallels between his acquisition of Jason Kidd ten years ago and the Nets consequent rise to the top of the East and his now acquisition of a twenty-six year old Olympian, near scoring champion and, in the circumspect and well-considered words of Chauncy Billups, “one of the top two or three players in the world.”  Hot damn, this Thorn is a wheelin’, dealin’, riverboat gambler!  He turned Igoudala into Carmelo.  How’s that for alchemy? — the columns would read. 

Expectations would be high.  Through the roof.  They would literally explode through the roof.  After enough roofs were destroyed, people would learn not to keep these expectations indoors.  They’d be left outside to soar, to be free.  And why not?  Carmelo Anthony is the single best player in basketball not named Kobe, Lebron or Durant!  We know that because he scores the most. You can’t win without scoring points, anybody knows that.  And the guy he’s replacing?  Iguodala?  More like “ugly(jumper)odala!”  That guy sucks.  Look at his scoring for crying out loud.  Carmelo scores waaaaaaay more than him.  Carmelo, points, Carmelo, twenty-eight a game, Carmelo, scorer, Carmellllllllloooooo!  That’s how the conventional wisdom would go.   And who could argue with it.  Carmelo does score a lot of points.   And everybody knows the best player is the guy who scores the most.  Period.

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