EXIT INTERVIEW: ANDRE IGUODALA

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
05/09/11 9:53 am EST

After a regular season that exceeded expectations, and a post-season that more or less met them, Andre Iguodala has already had a very trying offseason.

Always a lightening rod for controversy and never popular with the fan base, Iguodala skipped his exit interview with the 76ers front office executives and is said to be trying to force his way out of town.

Amidst these rumors swirling about the longest tenured Sixer, we at Philadunkia got an opportunity to sit down with him this weekend and get his take.

He looked pretty tired.


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: Philadunkia
05/06/11 10:30 am EST

John Smallwood of the Daily News analyzes the results of a 76ers poll the paper ran.  Shockingly (sarcasm here) this town is not a fan of Andre Iguodala.

Dei Lynam at csnphilly.com writes about the upcoming roster decisions the Sixers have to make.

A great post by Brian at depressedfan.com on Dre skipping his exit interview with Collins, Thorn and Stefanski.

A look at the 2011 NBA Draft projections for the Sixers.  Yahoo Sports correctly claims that this is one of the weakest drafts in recent memory.


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10 BEST

Posted by: Philadunkia
05/04/11 10:09 am EST

In review of the remarkably entertaining 2010-11 season, I’ve picked out my ten favorite moments of the year. 

Some were great individual performances.  Some included a stretch of good fortune.  The remaining moments were big-time victories that brought an excitement level to Philadunkia nation which we had not felt in years. 

I listed my tem favorite moments from this past season in chronological order, and as you can imagine, none of those first 16 games (a.k.a. the dreadful 3-13 start) are mentioned in this piece.


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GM 5 RECAP: DOWN GOES ROCKY

Posted by: Philadunkia
04/28/11 10:43 am EST

For those of you with younger siblings, you’d understand this scenario:  A few of your friends are over hanging out, enjoying a few brews, talking about girls and occasionally dabbling in the sports discussion.  Your younger brother, too young to drink, is adamant about spending time with your crew while trying to fit in. 

No matter what you say, your brother wont leave, he continues to hang around.  That’s exactly what the Sixers did, they annoyingly hung around, consistently pestering the Heat during this five game series. 

The Miami Heat is clearly the better ball club and they knew that.  So when the Sixers continuously stayed in ball games it irked their elite players.  With three superstars in LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, we all knew the 76ers didn’t stand a chance in a seven game series.  And despite the kind words they had had for our young Sixers in the media, the Heat knew they should dismiss the 7-6 with relative ease. 

Yet, admirably they fought for their outmatched lives in three competitive losses, one win and a blow out over the course of the series.  In the final Game 5 97-91 loss, the Sixers went down swinging like a boxer on his final leg.  Hanging around just long enough to scare the Heat with the possibility of a drawn out series heading back to Philadelphia.


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GM 81 RECAP: SETTLING for 7TH

Posted by: Kevin Jones
04/12/11 9:48 am EST

The end of an NBA season is like sitting in a dentist chair; you can’t wait for the agony to end.  Some teams have been sitting in the chair all season long, getting drilled for cavities and root canals.  For teams in the playoffs— like the Sixers— the final few games are more like a relaxation period, like, ahh we’ve finally made it here.  This Philadelphia basketball season has been full of overachieving and not many people (including the players) felt compelled to get amped for this one. Outside of the 14-0 in the second quarter, the Wells Fargo Center was lifeless on Monday.

One thing is finally official though.  The Eastern Conference playoffs are set in stone and our 76ers (41-40) will be facing the daunting challenge that is the Miami Heat.  We assured ourselves the seventh seed following Monday night’s lackluster 95-85 loss against the Magic.  Orlando somehow managed to only win by 10 points despite the fact that they out-rebounded the Sixers 56-31, and that margin was at 21-2 midway through the second quarter.


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FO’ with the FOES: MINNY TWOLVES

Posted by: C. Smith
03/04/11 4:05 pm EST

This brief 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 upcoming 76ers opponents — features tonight’s opponent, Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Even though we feel that the Sixers will shake off their disappointing loss to Dallas from the other night — especially that horrid 4thquarter — and handle the Minnesota T-wolves tonight down at the WFC, we still believe this will be an interesting contest.  We certainly don’t think it will be another 20 point blow out win by the Sixers as was the case in the two teams previous matchup.

Obviously the Wolves have double-double machine Kevin Love manning the interior and that will present some problems for the 7-6.  As we all know the Sixers struggle mightily against talented and strong bigs.  Love has been tearing the League apart and will probably abuse the Sixers very weak defensive interior for 30 & 20 tonight.  So it will be yet another game where the Sixers have to overcome an all-star performance by an opposing post player to get the win. 

Tonight we’re looking for Doug Collins to try and get Louis Williams going.  Collins loves him some Louis, but Williams has struggled mightily in 3 of the last 4 games.  He hit rock bottom against the Mavs the other night when he went 1-8 and tallied 5 pts.  He also got abused by Jason Terry on the other end of the floor.

As well all know, Louis and his scoring punch off the bench have been a huge part of the Sixers success this season and if we want to stay above .500, then he’s going to have to get rolling again.  Collins does a great job of recognizing when a player needs a confidence boost and then calling that guy’s number until he’s back on track.  So look for the Wolves to get a heavy dose of LouWillville tonight and for the Sixers to win another one at home.

For a little more insight into the Timberwolves team the Sixers face today, we turn to our man Benjamin Polk from awolfamongwolves.com to answer two questions on the Wolves from us here at Philadunkia as well as provide us with two points of analysis on the Minny squad from an insider’s perspective.


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THE NEXT 10

Posted by: Philadunkia
03/01/11 10:42 am EST

The Sixers sent no players to the All-Star game.  Just Jrue Holiday to the Rookie-Sophomore challenge game.  However, this team still sits in playoff contention without a go-to superstar.  All thanks to head coach Dough Collins preaching a philosophy of team unity. 

Now that the All-Star break has come to a close and we’ve won four straight out of the gates, it’s time for the Sixers to continue their ploy for the postseason.  Looking ahead at the next slate of 10 opponents, we have seven contests that are winnable.  The tougher games will be played at the Wells-Fargo Center against the Mavericks, Thunder and Celtics.  And the last four contests will be on the road against teams we’re capable of beating. 

Let’s take a look at the upcoming challengers as we try to jump the New York Knicks as the sixth seed in the East. 


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TRADE DEFECIT

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
02/24/11 12:40 pm EST

The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.

- Mary Schmich

Within 36 hours earlier this week, the Sixers’ horizon — one that had started to look fairly bright of late — got a little cloudier.  Two storm fronts blew in. 

One was forecasted.

The other blindsided us.

They both warrant a review through our red-and-blue glasses.


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GM 57 RECAP: FAST START TO 2ND HALF

Posted by: Kevin Jones
02/24/11 11:42 am EST

Raise the roof.

That’s how Thaddeus Young (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Jrue Holiday (20 points on 8/12 shooting) were celebrating up and down the court after Young slammed home an alley-oop from Elton Brand, putting the 76ers up 78-60 late in the third quarter.  The Sixers (28-29) would go on and hand the Wizards their 27th road loss this season, 117-94 at Wells Fargo.

The evening was filled with excitement and animation from the Sixers bench, both on and off the court.  Players were literally jumping out of their seats, high-fiving and almost gloating in front of the Wizards, a team who earlier this season handed the Sixers two crushing overtime defeats.  At one point early in the third quarter the entire team went bananas after a Spencer Hawes tip-in dunk.  


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IF YOU BUILD IT…

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
02/18/11 10:17 am EST

The Sixers, it was said with regularity and certainty in the run-up to this season, had lost their city.

Philly is a baseball town now, said some.  Philly is a football town, always has been, countered others.  Philly is a college basketball town, argued a few. 

Why would I even watch the 76ers when the Phillies, Eagles, and Flyers consistently compete for championships and they compete for lottery picks, explained others, justifying their indifference.

The strongest argument, and the most common, though was silence: as in the only time people talked about the Sixers was to discuss why no one was taking about them.

The chorus became louder (quieter?) still when on opening night of this season the WFC greeted the Miami LeBron’s, the offseason’s conquering heroes and the hottest ticket in basketball since the ’96-97 Bulls, with a collective “meh” in the season-opener.

The chorus was off-key though.  The Sixers hadn’t lost their town, they’d just misplaced it.


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