GM 49: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
03/26/12 10:06 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 76 FinalRecap | Box Score 93 San Antonio Spurs
Elton Brand, PF 24 MIN | 7-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | -16

The “Ol’ Chevy” played very well and came just short of what would have been his second double-double in the last three games.  However, zero trips to the FT line for a PF/C who saw 24 mins. of action and took 9 shots, is not a good sign for your team.  Over his last 3 runs EB has been good for 15.3 ppg. & 8.6 boards per nights.  Too bad the Sixers are wasting these performances by Brand.

Jodie Meeks, G 26 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | -9

He got the start in Dre’s absence and played okay overall.  Four of his 11 points came during garbage time in the 4th Q.

Spencer Hawes, C 27 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 6 PTS | -22

Forget his Achilles issue, maybe Hawes should go back on the injured list until he finds his game.  In the last two losses, Hawes has been simply awful and especially glaring is that he has been weak with the ball.

Evan Turner, SG 36 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | -21

Does anyone remember the last time Turner played well?  He saw minutes during garbage time in the 4th and still could not score a basket.  ET is averaging just 6 pts. per run over his last three games.

Jrue Holiday, PG 31 MIN | 5-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | -22

Jrue got off to a hot start (10 pts. in 1st Q) because he was willing to put the ball on the deck and go to the hole.  Unfortunately his shooting touch escaped him after the 4:43 mark of the 1st Q and he never scored another bucket last night.  In the 2nd half he was a disaster shooting the ball.  He began the 3rd Q going 0-3, including a couple of wild, ill-advised shots and he never recovered.

Lou Williams, PG 28 MIN | 4-14 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 9 PTS | +3

Just a horrible night for Louis.

Sam Young, SF 30 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -6

We really like the way Sam took the ball to the tin and finished with authority.  He clearly is not afraid to drive in among the trees and attack the basket.  Maybe Dre could take some lessons from his new teammate.

Thaddeus Young, F 25 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | 0

One of the few “off” nights in an otherwise stellar season, so we’ll give Thad a passing grade.  Still there is no excuse for missing those FTs.

Nikola Vucevic, C 13 MIN | 0-2 FG | 2-6 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +8

This is what it takes for the promising rookie to get back out on the floor?  A blow out loss in San Antonio.  That’s sad Doug.  Well, at least he got to the FT line, now if he could just hit the freebies.

Andre Iguodala, SF DNP LEFT PATELLA TENDINITIS MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

So is Iguodala’s recent swoon a result of the knee tendinitis or is he simply tired and they dug up this old injury as a reason to give him the night off?  We hope it’s the second thought.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
11/30/11 11:27 am EST

Now that the lockout is unofficially over, Chris Mannix lists the Top 20 available free agents — Thad Young (Who Philadunkia recently interviewed.) comes in at #5.

ESPN.com’s Chad Ford has @yungsmoove21 ranked at #9.

All signs point to the idea that the 7-6 will have training camp on Hawk Hill.

Dei Lynam at csnphilly.com reviews the many questions that face the Sixers and their roster.

A quick “76ers” search on craigslist.com brings up this little piece of memorabilia from the ’82-83 season

Sources tell ESPN.com’s Insiders that the Nets are “prepping” a trade for Dwight Howard.  If the deal goes through, it sure would put a dent in my long range plans for the Sixers.

From Ian Levy at Hickory-High.com, here’s an interesting look — by the numbers — at just how good of a job Doug Collins did last year.
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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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VEGAS VACATION

Posted by: Philadunkia
09/06/11 10:48 am EST

As you probably know by now, starting next Monday there will be an “organized” two-week, basketball league out in Vegas that will feature only NBA players.  According to reports, more than 50 players will be crash Sin City to take part in a league at Abunassar Impact Academy, starting on Sept. 12

Games will be played in the afternoons and evenings, Monday through Friday for two weeks with the potential for a playoffs style tournament to follow.  Whether or not the public will be able to watch the games held at Abunassar Impact Academy’s facility is still up in the air. 

The two stretch of games has been given the title “Impact Basketball Competitive Training Series” and allegedly players such as Blake Griffin, Rudy Gay, John Wall, Jared Dudley, Chauncey Billups, Kyle Lowry and Zach Randolph have already committed to playing in the league. 

With all of these details in mind, the scribes here at Philadunkia.com where charged with  submitting a list of three Sixers players and/or draft picks they would like to see participate in the Vegas action.  AKA…These guys need to be there so they can get better. 

Our writers were also asked to provide a list of three 76ers players they believe are most likely to participate.  

Lists after the jump. 


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
08/30/11 7:51 am EST

As you probably know, Elton Brand organized some workouts for the 76ers in Los Angeles.  csnphilly.com’s Dei Lynam dropped in on those workouts and talked to various Sixers about the possibility of playing overseas.

A look at Evan Turner’s Li-Ning kicks for the 2011-12 season (if it ever happens).

Sixers.com has an interview with Nationals / 76ers legend Dolph Schayes.

A quick “76ers” Craigslist search brought up this great piece of memorabilia.

Only two 76ers will be representing their countries during international qualifying play for the 2012 Olympics.  Can you name them?


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STAY OR GO: FRONT OFFICE

Posted by: Philadunkia
07/15/11 9:58 am EST

As you all know by now, the sale of 76ers by Comcast to New York billionaire hedge-fund guy Joshua Harris was completed yesterday.

While Harris is a very well respected and obviously successful man in the business world, his basketball pedigree is non-existent.  So all of Philadunkia nation is very curious and perhaps a little nervous about what kind of moves the Sixers Mark Cuban in-the-making will pull off. 

This post is the first in a two part series in which the Philadunkia scribes attempt to predict what changes Harris will make to the 76ers organization.  Today will examine the Sixers front office — Rod Thron, Ed Stefanski, Tony DiLeo and Courtney Witte — and try to forecast whether or not these executives will be employed by the 7-6 for the 2011-12 season.


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LOVE & BASKETBALL

Posted by: C. Smith
07/12/11 10:11 am EST

This one comes to us from the fellas at thebiglead.com

Apparently during his long trip to Europe Jrue Holiday is doing more then just making appearances on behalf of adidas and working out with his brother. 

It seems that the 76ers rising point guard also has a significant and personal rooting interest in the US Women’s National Soccer team. 

While it has yet to be “officially” confirmed (and not that it needs to be), thebiglead.com looked at the evidence on Twitter, the connected then dots or Tweets in this case, and it appears that Holiday (@Jrue_Holiday11 ) is dating former UCLA soccer star and current USWNT player Lauren Cheyney (@laurencheney8).

It seems pretty obvious that the two world class athletes probably met during their days at UCLA together.

Catch the evidence after the jump…


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
07/07/11 10:34 am EST

Solid piece from Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on the passing of former 76er Armon Gilliam

Bob Cooney at philly.com writes that Gilliam will be remembered as a “good guy”.  Wonder if Sir Charles feels that way? 

Well respected hoops blog “The Basketball Jones” ranked Allen Iverson as the 6th best point man of the last 30 years.

Beckley Mason of HoopSpeak lists the Sixers Evan Turner as his 2010-11 rookie who is ready to rise as a sophomore.

With Quin Snyder bolting to Los Angeles, who will be Doug’s fourth assistant in 2011-12?  We’d like to suggest a former NBA point guard be brought in to help with Holiday’s growth.


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DOUG-A-PALOOZA: AI9

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
07/05/11 10:19 am EST

Andre Iguodala, who Sixers fans can be pretty tough on sometimes, had a recent meeting with coach Doug Collins (Who was on a national tour of get-togethers with all the Sixers players.) to talk out the problems he and the organization have had since the season ended.

We imagine it could have gone a few different ways.

Andre Iguodala’s Meeting with Doug Collins, as Imagined by Sixers Fans

Haggard and visibly exhausted from the seven-hour flight, Doug Collins walks into Andre Iguodala’s LA summer home.  He drops his bags at the door and is led into a TV room by an undocumented worker who is paid less than minimum wage.  Her back is really sore, but she can’t go to a doctor because her multi-millionaire boss doesn’t pay for her to get health insurance.  He mumbles really cruel and sexist stuff about her under his breath too.  She has like six kids.

Iguodala sits on the couch playing NBA Live when Collins walks in.


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HALL OF FAMERS?

Posted by: Kevin Jones
06/30/11 10:52 am EST

To start off this column I want to congratulate longtime Philadelphia Flyer defensemen Mark Howe on the announcement of his upcoming induction into the NHL Hall of Fame.  He is one of the greatest skaters to suit up in a black and orange sweater and his selection for the Hall was long overdue.

The great news on Mark Howe got us thinking here a Philadunkia about which former 76er is headed to the Naismith Hall of Fame next.  So I want to lay out some evidence as to when the basketball junkies here at Philadunkia will be able to rejoice with the Flyers fans, as one of our own 76ers is inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.  Honestly, there are only two retired candidates worthy of  even being discussed:  Mo Cheeks and Allen Iverson.

I’m going to take a harder look at each of our former superstars’ resumes while they ball’d in Philadelphia and then hypothesize a realistic year the Hall of Fame voters would consider electing them to the ultimate enshrinement.


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