HOUSE PARTY

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
01/07/12 1:58 pm EST

The Sixers are home again.  The mountains of the west coast are in the rear-view(for now) as the bright lights of City Hall and the skyscrapers of Liberty Place shine in the near-distance of the Wells Fargo Center.  The red-seats inside the structure have been unoccupied by Sixers fans since Lou Williams nailed a game winning heave to beat the Miami Heat in Game 4 of the playoffs back on April 24th, 2011.

Since then Josh Harris and the new ownership have arrived and it’s hard not to notice how hard they are working to get Philadelphians to watch this team, to care about this team, and to embrace this team.  They’re giving fans new commercials, new ticket prices, and trying to instill a new sense of pride. The best part about it, is that the team has been buying into it all and feeding off of it as much as they can.  As Evan Turner put it, “It’s cool to see somebody pushing to grow with you.  The new ownership is willing to dig in and grow with us and get more excitement in the arena by getting fans out to the games.  They’ve gotten us a better practice facility and when everybody is on the same page and clicking it does wonders for an organization.” 

Wonders it has because while most Philadelphians were home unwrapping presents and popping champagne bottles for the holidays, the Sixers were busy out-working opponents and showing the NBA why their team is going to pose problems for teams throughout the league.  The “young” Sixers fought their way to a 3-2 record on a tough road trip out west to start this season.  Some fans have already taken notice and one can only hope that, that number will grow ten-fold by seasons end.


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THORN ON 94WIP

Posted by: C. Smith
12/22/11 1:15 pm EST

Wednesday afternoon 76ers President Rod Thorn was a call-in guest for “The Mike & Ike Show” on 94WIP.  Thorn was upbeat, seemed confident that the 7-6 are going to have a very good year and to our surprise, was very candid about the Sixers roster.

Rob Ellis was in for Michael Barkann yesterday. Ellis and Ike Reese (The Show’s NBA “head”) did a solid job of peppering Thorn with a variety of Sixers topics including the development of Spencer Hawes, “Big Nik’s” role, the inconsistent play of Mo Speights, why the Sixers didn’t make any moves in the recent NBA “off-season” and potential on-the-court chemistry issues for the Sixers.

Some of the answers Thorn gave made us cringe a little,  but again, overall we were impressed with how honest Thorn was in answering questions from Reese and Ellis. 

We transcribed two of our favorite clips and provide you with a link to the full interview with Collins after the jump.

 
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LESSONS FROM THE PRESEASON

Posted by: Tim Parker
12/21/11 10:04 am EST

In a new found NBA world of megastar driven super teams, the 76ers continue to show that their only combat will be the power of the collaboration.  In their mosquito-sized exhibition season, the team concept prevailed, and produced two consecutive victories (just ignore the small prerequisite that they played the Washington Wizards).

While, the Sixers looked improved in key areas, there were still too much stagnation and regression in others. 

Though, at the heart of the matter, the Sixers have given their fans a reason to anticipate, and just maybe a reason to hope.

After the jump, is an analysis of what we learned from the abbreviated 2011-12 preseason:

 
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QUESTIONABLE MOVES

Posted by: Philadunkia
12/13/11 9:41 am EST
I want to make this very clear:  I want Thaddeus Young to be a Philadelphia 76er. 
 
I love his game, his versatility and what he provides off the bench.  Thad is a tough match-up for opposing defenses because of his ability to play both forward positions.  He’s great in transition and score at a high level for a player off the bench.  For several years to come, Young will be amongst the 6th man of the year candidates each season. 
 
 
With all that being said, the Sixers overpaid for his services. 
 
Honoring Thaddeus Young with a five year $42-million contract was baffling to say the least.  It’s not like Thad was an unrestricted free agent, where he can go anywhere without the Sixers organization having a say.  As we all know, Thad was a restricted free agent, and we had the ability to match any contract that he’s offered from another franchise. 
 
Yet Rod Thorn failed to let that CBA designed scenario play out.

2011-12 SCHEDULE ANALYSIS

Posted by: C. Smith
12/07/11 11:23 am EST

Much to our excitement, the 76ers 2011-12 schedule was finally released last night.  And while we have no idea what is going to happen with the Sixers roster or the rest of the NBA when the free agency frenzy launches later this week, we took a stab at analyzing the upcoming 66-game slate.

We had to make a lot of asssumptions based on what the teams looked like at the end of 2010-11 in our predictions for 2011-12, so we reserve the right to make some changes after the free agent bonanza comes to a halt. 

With those assumptions in mind we believe Sixers fans will be very pleased with how we predict the start off the 2011-12 season will go for the 7-6.  If they can manage to survive the opening 5-game Disney on Ice road trip Philadunkia’s home team has been burdened with, then a very pleasing  month of January awaits them.  So we are predicting a fast start from the 2011-12 Sixers.

However, a fast start may be cancelled out completely if the 7-6 can not keep it together during the brutal stretch the scheduling gods have planned for Doug Collins and Co. in the final month of this shortened season.


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TO TANK OR NOT TO TANK ?? (II)

Posted by: Philadunkia
12/02/11 10:19 am EST

That is the question…we threw out to you the readers yesterday. 

As we mentioned there is no consensus here at the Philadunkia offices as to what approach the 76ers should take for the upcoming 2011-12 season.  From reading comments on this and other Sixers sites, talking to other Sixers fans and listening to sports talk show hosts, there does not seem to be any agreement on “the street” either.

On one side (in our offices and on the street) are those who say Josh Harris and Co. should give Rod Thorn the green light to do whatever it takes in order to assemble the best basketball team possible for this 66-game season and thus build on the success the team had in 2010-11.  On Wednesday, in the first of this two part series, Tom Sunnergren stated his case for why he feels strongly that the 76ers should, “Go For It” during the 2011-12 season.

On the other side of this discussion are those who say that this abbreviated season presents a perfect opportunity for the Sixers and their new owners to hit the “reset button” in order to get a fresh start and establish a brighter future for this franchise.  Today Philadunkia scribe C. Smith lobbies for the 7-6 to take a “competitively indifferent” approach to the 2011-12 season and look to the future right NOW.  

You may choose to call it what it really is, that ugly sports term known as — “Tanking”.


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INTERVIEW: THAD YOUNG

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
11/11/11 11:19 am EST

Thaddeus Young, even among those in his deeply unsettled profession, holds a uniquely unsettled position.

Not only does he, like the rest of his League’s players, not know the particulars of the new CBA he’ll be playing under when/if this season starts, he also, as a free agent, doesn’t know what team he’ll be suiting up for.  And even if he — as is widely expected — returns to the 76ers, he’s completely in the dark about his new boss (now-Sixers majority owner Josh Harris) because the terms of the lockout bar them from so much as exchanging emails.

So you could say Thad has a lot on his mind.

But despite this uncertainty, Thursday afternoon from his hometown of Memphis, Thad made some time for us — opening up about the long offseason, his training regiment and getting recognized in airports.

Q and A, as always, after the J.


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TRICK OR TREAT

Posted by: Philadunkia
10/31/11 12:10 pm EST

In the spirit of Halloween, the scribes at Philadunkia.com were asked to review a list of eight members of the 76ers roster and pick a costume for each player to rock as they went Trick or Treating tonight.

Some of the selections are humorous.  Some are sarcastic (as hell).  While still others went the wishful thinking route.

So as you read through this post, try to imagine this group of Sixers dressed in the costumes we chose for them going door-to-door in your neighborhood with all the kiddies.

We think you’ ll get a laugh or two…

Happy Halloween.


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
10/27/11 9:58 am EST

Allegedly there was some positive progress on the NBA labor front yesterday.  NBA scribe / radio host Stephen A. Smith believes the lockout will be over within a week.

“I’ll play for anybody…”  That’s what 76ers legend Allen Iverson told Yahoo Sports when the topic turned to the possibility of “The Answer” coming back to the NBA during an interview promoting  his Las Vegas Superstar Challenge.

As you may have heard or read yesterday, Dr. J is auctioning off a host of his personal ABA / NBA memorabilia, including his 1983 NBA Championship ring.  Rumors immediately started flying that Julius is in financial trouble.  That was hard to believe for us considering his vast success in the business world.  The Doctor is now saying he’s not in financial trouble, “To claim it’s a firesale or to clear up some debt, I don’t think so.”  That’s good news.  

The Raptors hired recently fired Sixers GM Ed Stefanski.  Why we ask?

A quick “76ers” search on craigslist.com produces this Barbie doll gem


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WE MUST FILL THIS HOUSE

Posted by: Tim Parker
10/24/11 8:57 am EST

The seemingly eternal NBA lockout has given Sixers fans an empty feeling.  It doesn’t help that most of those fans witnessed the demise of their beloved Phillies and endured a Birds team that quickly became the dream unfulfilled. 

Sadly, though, the true Sixers’ faithful have become acquainted with being drowned in emptiness.  Every season, they witness empty dreams, empty unfulfilled talent, and most definitely an empty arena.

Though, maybe, just maybe, a new dawn of fulfillment has begun in South Philly.  That’s what the new Sixers’ ownership group would like fans to believe.  In order to instill that belief, they have announced lowered ticket prices in multiple sections all over the Wells Fargo Center, otherwise known as (Ed) “Sniderville”.  In fact, they haves slashed prices by nearly 50% for select lower level seats and dropped prices throughout the arena..

Obviously, it may purely be a strategic business ploy simply to sell seats, that would otherwise go cold and unused. 

Yet, it could also be an essential key in energizing what has become a lifeless franchise.


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