Posted by: C. Smith
09/26/13 1:11 pm EST

khalifpracshirtYesterday during a lengthy media session, 76ers head coach Brett Brown had some very interesting comments on former Temple star and friend of  this site, Khalif Wyatt.

When asked about Wyatt, a rookie who comes to camp on a partially guaranteed contract, Brown said, “I think he’s tempting.  There’s a tantalizing part of him, you know, ‘Is he Gary Neal?” – a scoring point guard, or [something] very similar.  Khalif passes very well, Khalif has a knack for scoring, Khalif’s got to get in great shape…”

After the jump, more of Brown’s thoughts on Wyatt as well as the recent interview Khalif did for Philadunkia.

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Posted by: Philadunkia
07/14/12 10:18 am EST

It’s been a tough week for our 76ers down here at the Orlando Pro Summer League.  The Sixers finished the week 1-4 and were plagued by injuries.

The story of the week was supposed to be rookies Arnett Moultrie and Maurice Harkless.  But it was announced prior to the start of OPSL action that Moultrie wouldn’t see the floor because of a sprained ankle he suffered in pre-draft workouts and early in day two Harkless suffered a strained hip-flexor, sidelining him for the remainder of the week.

The Sixers were also without big man Nikola Vucevic for the week.  As we all know, “Big Nik” performed well early in the season last year, but saw a decline in his minutes and his confidence as the season went on.  So we were hoping that Nik would have a solid week and build some positive momentum for the 2012-13 season.  Instead Vuc suffered a strained left Achilles in the first practice of the week and never saw the floor in O-town.

After the jump I wrap up the rest of the Sixers week in Orlando…

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Posted by: C. Smith
10/28/09 9:46 am EST

thadaction09Well, it’s finally here.  That’s right, tonight is opening night for the 76ers as they tip off the 2009-10 NBA season against the Magic down in Orlando.  We thought it would be a tremendous way to wrap up our three day long 2009-10 Sixers preview by posting an interview with the Sixers rising star, Thaddeus Young. 

After all, we can write all the opinions we want and link to all the expert predictions we can find, but we’re confident you’d rather hear about how Philadunkia’s home team will perform this season from one of the guys actually wearing the Sixers new retro uniforms.  

We figured no player is more qualified to give a no holds bar evaluation of the 2009-10 Sixers then Thad.  The explosive wingman has played for three different coaches in his three years with the Sixers, so he can speak to what type of coach Eddie Jordan will be.  He battles Elton Brand on a daily basis at practice,  so he knows exactly how healthy EB is or is not.  Plus Thad has a tremendous basketball IQ, so he can give us the real scoop on the Princeton offense.

Read Thad’s  thoughts and predictions for the 2009-10 season after the jump.  

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Posted by: Philadunkia
10/22/09 3:37 pm EST

christmasheadshotFor those of us who can actually find some 76ers news in amongst all the Phillies hysteria, we learned yesterday that former Temple Owls star Dionte Christmas had been waived by the Sixers

Obviously we hate to see any young prospect get his NBA dreams squashed for the moment, but this one really hits home because Dionte is a local kid whom we have known for years and has taken the time since the beginning of the summer to talk with us here at Philadunkia on several occasions.

Now we don’t think Dionte is the missing link between the Sixers and an NBA title, but to be honest the move was a bit of a surprise to us here at Philadunkia for a couple of reasons.  First, the Sixers desperately need more three point shooting and Dionte can supply that for sure.  Second, by letting Andre Miller walk to Portland and drafting Jrue Holiday combined with some of the statements he has made recently, it appeared that Ed Stefanski was going with a youth movement in the back-court.  So cutting Dionte and stating that he wanted to keep that “spot available for someone more able to immediately contribute” would seem to be a diversion from that game plan.  Lastly, the Sixers now only have 13 players on their roster and again are now in need of a tall, back-court player who can shoot from the outside.  Dionte fits that description as well.

Anyways, we got on the cell with Dionte and even in the midst of this tough personal stretch he was gracious enough to give us a few minutes to talk about his whole ride with the Sixers.  Of course the kid stayed classy through the whole interview, so our hats are off to him and we wish him the best of luck chasing his NBA dream.

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Posted by: Philadunkia
09/10/09 11:12 am EST

Tennessee Temple BasketballThe return of Rodney Carney to the 76ers organization (More on that on Friday) means that Ed Stefanski’s signed player roster for the 2009-10 Sixers now stands at thirteen players. That number is two below the maximum of fifteen players allowed by the NBA  and one below the number of fourteen that Stefanski has mentioned he will carry on the Sixers roster this season.

Stefanski has said in the past that in September during Sixers training camp at St. Joe’s University  there will basically be a “tryout” for the final one or possibly two spots on the Sixers opening night roster.

With that in mind, we here at Philadunkia took the time to assemble a list of prospects and free agents we’d like to see invited to Sixers training camp in order to participate in the “tryout” process for the remaining opening or openings on the Sixers roster. Several of our suggestions may even be able to make positive contribution in this upcoming season.

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Posted by: Philadunkia
07/15/09 12:28 pm EST

dionte_christmas(1)Since the 76ers only have 10 players under contract and they usually carry 14 players, Ed Stefanski admitted that he is in the market for “a guard, a swingman, and two bigs” .  Now we don’t know whether Stefanski classifies the 2-spot as a swingman or a guard, but we’ll assume that either way he realizes we need to find someone to compete with Jason Kapono and Willie Green for the starting shooting guard spot.

The pool of available veteran free agent shooting guards has dwindled to the point that names like Eddie House, Juan Dixon, Devean George and Quinton Richardson are the headliners.  Now we realize that both Von Wafer (HOU) and Ronald “Flip” Murray (ATL) are two more attractive names that are also out there, but our sources tell us they are unlikely to leave the teams the ran with last season, thus we removed them from the conversation. So it looks as though bringing in a veteran NBA 2-guard here to Philadelphia for next year is not going to happen.

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