BRETT BROWN SPEAKS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
08/15/13 11:51 am EST

--------aabrown-20130815105654689217-620x349Newly hired Sixers coach Brett Brown gave quite an introduction to himself yesterday at the Wells Fargo Center.  Only a handful of media members were able to get down to the WFC in the short-notice the team gave them for the special occasion (something the Sixers are becoming notorious for doing now), but Brown gave fans and media alike what they’ve been waiting for this summer.

With long-winded responses and a thick Boston accent, Brown for the first time this offseason hinted at Hinkie’s plan and what it’s going to take the Sixers to climb the mountaintop for an NBA title.

He talked rebuilding, he talked development, he talked patience, he talked fitness and growth.  He’s letting fans know now that they’re in for a bumpy ride, but one that has the shot at great results.


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ROYCE WHITE SPEAKS

Posted by: Alex Gorge
08/08/13 9:31 am EST

RoyceWhitevipersFrom a basketball perspective new 76er Royce White, who once was considered a top 5 talent in the 2012 NBA draft, could be a huge addition to the Sixers front court.

As a high school kid, White was named “Mr. Basketball” in the state of Minnesota and he averaged 13 points 9 rebounds and 5 assists per game with Iowa State.  Last season in 16 games with Houston’s D-League affiliate, White had averages of 11 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3 assists per night.

Statistics like these from a power forward who allegedly “can’t shoot” are outrageously impressive.    But imagine if he added a shooting stroke — White’s ceiling would be ridiculous.

Still, if the power forward is ever to get on the court in the NBA and realize his potential, the 76ers need to equip White with every tool possible to help him best deal with the mental health issue that his holding back his NBA development.  White’s condition which is commonly referred to as general anxiety (specifically for White it is the anxiety of flying) and as we all know, it keeps him from traveling to games with the team.  Sam Hinkie & Co. will now go down in the history of the NBA for implementing the first “system”, good or bad, for dealing with general anxiety in a player.  Thus, White’s career, fair or unfair, will affect the career of every future NBA player with a mental health issue.

On a recent pod cast with Landolakers.com White talked about everything regarding his mental issue and his plans to get on the court this year for the 76ers.  After the jump we’ve transcribed for you some of his quotes from that interview and provided some reacts to the power forward’s words…


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INTERVIEW: MOLLY SULLIVAN

Posted by: C. Smith
08/02/13 10:18 am EST

mollysullivan1The 76ers made a number of bold moves during the 2012 off-season that for one reason or another did not work out in the best interest of the franchise.  Andrew Bynum, Kwame Brown, Nick Young and Jason Richardson immediately come to mind.

However, the one acquisition the Sixers made prior to last season that worked out beautifully was the addition of television sideline reporter Molly Sullivan.  Think about it for a minute.

Sullivan appeared in more games than Bynum and Brown combined, made better on-court decisions than Swaggy P and her number is certainly more cap friendly then Jason Richardson’s.

In short, you don’t need advanced analytics to determine that Sullivan was the newcomer of the year in Philadunkia nation.

The lovely and talented (borrowing that line from David Letterman) Sullivan recently gave Philadunkia editor C. Smith a few minutes via email to answer a number of Sixers related questions.  After the jump, Sullivan talks Andrew Bynum, the Holiday trade, the end of the DC era and racing Ryan Lochte in the pool.


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FINAL TANK STEPS

Posted by: Alex Gorge
07/29/13 9:08 am EST

harris-hinkieLet’s flash forward, it’s May 2015 and the 76ers just knocked the Brooklyn Nets out of the playoffs, led by Andrew Wiggins, Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel.

Oh, the possibilities.  With all the talk of Philadelphia tanking and the Wells Fargo Center being the prime venue to play hide and seek next season, I wanted to remind Philadunkia nation what the final goal is — Wiggins.

New General Manager Sam Hinkie has made some real progress in attempting to land the No. 1 pick next season but it isn’t a lock yet.  So if the 7-6 are really going to tank then let’s do this thing right.  After researching every team’s salary cap I’ve come up with the final seven steps to accomplishing “The perfect tank”.

After the jump, let’s take a look a the final pieces to the puzzle in landing Wiggins.


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A BRIGHT FUTURE (SOONER THAN YOU THINK)

Posted by: Jake Fischer
07/27/13 9:11 am EST

76ersmantraLogoeditedOver the past several weeks, everyone in Philadunkia nation has been discussing how dreadful the Philadelphia 76ers will be on the court next season.  After all, they don’t even have a coach yet, Michael Carter-Williams will most likely average at least 4 turnovers per game and the team’s best three point threat is arguably Spencer Hawes.

Yikes.

But, instead of just brushing it aside and saying, “Yeah, they’re going to suck, but they’re going to be so fun to watch in two-three years,” why don’t we take a look and actually try to predict what this team will look like on the court by 2015-2016.

Based on several reoccurring themes in General Manager Sam Hinkie’s press conferences, his draft picks and offseason acquisitions, we actually can make an educated guess on the rough foundation and style of play Hinkie is envisioning for the Sixers once this rebuilding process starts to win some regular season games.


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WHAT IF TANKING GOES WRONG…

Posted by: C. Smith
07/22/13 10:40 am EST

…in a winning way?

I think it’s safe to assume that everyone in Philadunkia nation has screened the classic baseball movie “Major League” in which Rachel Phelps the owner of Cleveland Indians assembles a roster of has-beens and never-will-be’s in an effort to tank a MLB season and drive attendance so low that she can move the team out of Cleveland.

One problem: Crafty, veteran manager Lou Brown takes Rachel’s extreme tanking efforts and uses them to unite his team under an “us against the world” flag.  As a result several of the players post career seasons and in the film, the Indians miraculously make the playoffs.

What if something similar, but less Hollywood-ish,  happens with the 76ers next year?

What if Hinkie’s “Winless for Wiggins” plan backfires and the Sixers manage to win a decent number of games in 2013-14?

After the jump I’ll take a look at how this “Major League” scenario could play out here in Philadelphia.


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OPSL GM 3: ANOTHER L

Posted by: Alex Gorge
07/10/13 5:18 pm EST

Despite a fast start by the 76ers on Wednesday, Oklahoma City, behind second year guard Jeremy Lamb’s 32 points, proved to be too much for the Curry & Co. and prevailed 74-62.

Game 3 was like watching two Olympic sprinters start out at an even pace, only to watch the opposing sprinter blow by you and there isn’t much you can do about it.

Most people when given the option choose to hear the good before the bad, so first let’s go over the positives from today’s game.  It was easily the best defensive performance of the week for the Sixers, allowing only 74 points and forcing 23 turnovers.  Philadunkia’s home team also out rebounded Oklahoma 30 to 27 thanks in part to the extended minutes of rookie Arsalan Kazemi.  Kazemi finished the game with 29 minutes, 6 points, 3 assists and 9 rebounds but not all of what he does reflects on the stat sheet.


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BIRD WATCHING

Posted by: Jake Fischer
07/08/13 10:15 am EST

Now that Dwight Howard has signed with the Houston Rockets, it’s pretty clear that the top 6 spots in the West belong to, in no particular order, the Rockets, Thunder, Grizzlies, Clippers, Spurs and Warriors. Thus, only the 7th and 8th seeds will really be up for grabs during the regular season

The Portland Trailblazers are probably going to be one of teams fighting for the last two spots.  Signing former 76er Dorell Wright to a two-year deal Saturday, drafting CJ McCollum, trading for Thomas Robinson and Robin Lopez will likely help Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge contend.


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OPSL GM 1: SHAKY START

Posted by: Alex Gorge
07/07/13 10:02 pm EST

It was too little too late.

Poor first half shooting and a lack of defense enabled Houston to take a sizable halftime lead and defeat the Sixers 88-80 in the opening game of the 2013 Orlando Pro Summer League.

The 76ers got off to a slow start offensively.  Former Syracuse guard and first round selection Michael Carter-Williams looked nervous in the first half.  MCW’s nerves produced a host of turnovers which led to a Houston 13-3 lead.  After settling down, he finished with fifteen points in the first half.

MCW had little help in the first half.  The team’s second leading scorer at halftime was Center Michael Eric with 6…who saw that coming.  Former Temple guard Khalif Wyatt was 1-6 while Rodney Williams, Trevor Mbakwe and James Southerland shot a combined 2-9.

Philadelphia’s first half defense was like a safe with no lock.  Houston’s guards penetrated the lane at will and the Sixers had no answer for former Kentucky power forward Terrence Jones.  Jones transformed into a one man wrecking crew scoring 24 points and adding 12 rebounds.


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OPSL: A LOOK AT THE FOES

Posted by: Alex Gorge
07/06/13 9:44 am EST

If the NBA off-season was a beauty pageant, then the month of June would be the swimsuit part of the competition and July would be the talent portion of the event.

It’s time for this year’s beauty pageant to enter the talent part of the competition.

Beginning Sunday at Orlando’s NBA summer league event, it won’t be the wins and losses that matter the most, it will be individual performances.  Talent, hard work and hustle will determine who makes NBA rosters this fall.

For the 76ers summer team roster now is the time to impress GM Sam Hinkie.  It wont be easy however as there is no shortage of big names at this year’s OPSL.  Hopefully the 7-6 gained some momentum from their scrimmage yesterday vs. the Utah Jazz and are ready to showcase their skills.

After the jump, a look at the foes in Orlando as well as the Sixers schedule for the OPSL…

 


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