Honoring Dr. Jack

Posted by: C. Smith
04/30/14 2:02 pm EST

RAMSEY-obit-master495I was in the Raleigh, NC airport on Monday morning when the sad news of Dr. Jack Ramsay’s passing reached my smartphone.  I don’t need to tell you that Dr. Jack was a Philadelphia basketball icon with a superior basketball mind that influenced people in the game as far away as Zimbabwe.

As a St. Joe’s alum (Yeah, I refuse to spell it the new way.), a dedicated 76er supporter and the founder of Philadunkia.com, Dr. Jack has always held a special place in my hoops heart.  But I also had the pleasure of working with Coach Ramsay on several occasions over my career in sports journalism and I own a tremendous respect for his talents, basketball IQ, work ethic and professionalism.

In honor of his passing I’d like to share a quick story with you that will give you some insight into this great man off the court.

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Fo’ with the Foes: Indiana Pacers

Posted by: C. Smith
03/14/14 3:25 pm EST

pacersshelbyeditedThis edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” – Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series which with the help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews key upcoming 76ers games – features tonight’s opponent, the Indiana Pacers who have lost 4 of 5 and as we all know now boast Evan “The Enigma” Turner and Andrew Bynum as a key members of their rotation.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into the Pacers team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Jared Wade at  EightPointsNineSeconds.com as Jared will answer Fo’ questions on the Pacers from us here at Philadunkia.

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Allen Iverson Celebratory Link Dump

Posted by: Philadunkia
03/02/14 11:13 am EST

iversondreanteamedited“I love y’all, and now it’s time to party.” – Allen Iverson

We thought the Iverson jersey retirement ceremony was very well done and Mike Sielski of philly.com agrees with us.

Ben Golliver of SI.com’s The Point Forward blog has a great post (with photos) of last night’s events.

Yahoo Sports has a video tribute of Iverson’s Top 10 plays as a Sixer.  The Tyrone Lue step over play comes in at #4.  C’mon…

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Fo’ with the Foes: Washington Wizards

Posted by: C. Smith
03/01/14 4:18 pm EST

iverson&mjThis edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” – Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series which with the help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews key upcoming 76ers games – features tonight’s opponent, the much improved Washington Wizards who are playoff bound in 2013-14.  But tonight’s not really about the 76ers and Wizards.

Nope, tonight is all about Allen Iverson.

Still, we have to show the game itself a little love, so after the jump I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into the Wizards team the Sixers face tonight from our man Abdullah Sharif at HoopDistrict.net as Abdullah will answer Fo’ questions on the Heat from us here at Philadunkia.

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Dion Waiters Doesn’t Fit Here

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
12/18/13 12:36 pm EST

dionwaiterspoolDon’t expect to see Dion Waiters in a Sixers uniform anytime this season.

Despite the fact that the rumor has stayed surfaced, there seems to be little merit in a move that would ship Evan Turner and his talents to Cleveland for the former lottery pick.

Waiters is inefficient, inconsistent, and streaky.  Not exactly Hinkie’s type of preferred player.

A report yesterday from Bleacher Report’s Jared Zwerling explained that Waiters preferred to play in Philly, not because it is his hometown, but because he feels he could ‘be the best player on the team.’

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GM18: (Drumm’d) Rapid Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
12/02/13 10:47 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 100 FinalRecap | Box Score 115 Detroit Pistons
Thaddeus Young, PF 29 MIN | 9-17 FG | 4-5 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 24 PTS | -7Thad was awesome last night and appeared to be the only Sixer willing to mix it up with the Pistons bigs.  His second effort AND1 in the 3rd Q was simply awesome.  Thad posted 10 points in the 3rd Q.  In the three games since his return from a personal leave of absence, Thad is playing great ball and averaging 21.6 ppg. and 8 boards.  He is also shooting 46% on threes (6-13).
Evan Turner, SF 31 MIN | 7-12 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 20 PTS | +1I liked a lot of what I saw from Turner last night including the 13 points he scored in the 3rd Q and that he got to the FT line.  But his defense is getting worse and when he got picked by Andre Drummond in the backcourt and than fouled him, I nearly lost my mind.
Hollis Thompson, SF 28 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -13With how well he has been playing of late, I expected a little more from Hollis in his first start.  Hopefully it was just a case of nerves and Brett Brown sticks with him in the first-five, because he certainly has earned a shot at starting.
Spencer Hawes, C 31 MIN | 5-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | -3Spence provided no resistance to any of the Detroit bigs and his shot was off last night.  To be honest it was one of the worst games I have seen him play all year and he still almost recorded a double-double.  Hawes has not made 29 threes this season after hitting 31 in all of 2012-13 under Doug Collins.
Michael Carter-Williams, PG 34 MIN | 5-15 FG | 5-5 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 6 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 15 PTS | -8MCW got schooled by Brandon Jennings in the 1st half and he really never recovered.  I have a feeling that smaller, quicker guards will give Carter-Williams trouble for the frest of the season.  That’s to be expected given MCW’s length.

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Analyzing Thad’s Offensive Struggles

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
11/20/13 1:16 pm EST

thaddeus-youngWith so many fresh, inexperienced faces populating Sixers’ training camp at The Philadelphia College of Orthopedic Medicine this summer, it was assumed that the team’s established veterans: Thad Young, Spencer Hawes, and Evan Turner would be responsible for much of the team’s on-court production, and locker room leadership.

While Turner and Hawes have seen their stats spike in Brett Brown’s up-tempo offense, Thad has had some obvious difficulty adjusting to his sixth new head coach since being drafted by the 76ers.  Instead of improving, Young’s points and rebounds per game are both down from the 2012-13 season, as is his shooting percentage, which currently sits at 46%, compared to last season’s 53%.

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Thoughts on the Pre-Season So Far

Posted by: C. Smith
10/15/13 12:26 pm EST

turnervs.netspreThe Nets reserves ran all over the 76ers last night 127-97 and after the game, head coach Brett Brown summed up his analysis of the loss with this quote, “I feel like it was born out of a reality check.”  

But if you have been paying attention so far this preseason, last night’s blow out loss to a significantly under-manned Nets squad was not a reality check.  No, it was simply more evidence from this preseason that as expected, we are in for a long year here in Philadunkia nation.

The “Winless for Wiggins” campaign is getting set to kick into high gear.

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Posted by: C. Smith
09/24/13 10:00 am EST

mcw-draftwithjerseyAccording to numerous online reports (We believe Tim Reynolds of the AP had the story first.), some members of the Miami Heat have been told the NBA is considering having them and the Brooklyn Nets wear ”nickname jerseys” in at least one of their match-ups this season.

The NBA has not officially announced any plans for a “nickname jersey” game, but it seems to be the worst kept secret in the NBA right now as players from both Miami and Brooklyn apparently have been aware of the idea for several weeks.

So we started to wonder, if the 76ers were ever included in such a unique promotion, what would be written on the back of their “nickname jerseys”?

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Posted by: Philadunkia
09/20/13 2:04 pm EST

76erscrystalballIt’s time to take your mind off last night’s Eagles debacle for a minute and read the latest edition of Philadunkia 4on4…

As a reminder, this Philadunkia question and answer series is “loosely based” on ESPN.com’s highly successful, NBA related series of posts titled “5on5″.  Our version of this genre of posts will ask 4 Philadunkia scribes to answer 4 topical, hot button questions about our Philadelphia 76ers.

Now you’re probably asking, “Why not simply stick with the “5on5″ format that ESPN.com uses?”

Well, as any great hoops coach will tell you — playing 4on4 is the best way to truly learn the game of basketball.

After the jump four Philadunkia scribes will address four timely 76ers topics.

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