INTERVIEW: SWAGGY STAR(TER)

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
02/11/13 8:00 am EST

Fashionable?  Check.

Exciting to watch?  Check.

Catchy nickname?  Check.

There’s a lot of reasons to like Nick “Swaggy P” Young.  After a miserable start to the season, Young found himself riding the almighty pine.  He registered five DNP’s from coach Doug Collins and fans became uneasy with the idea of giving any kind of minutes to Young for an already offensively challenged team.

Then January rolled around.  Young strung together a few solid performances off the bench, even though the Sixers still piled up losses, and coach Doug Collins felt like it was time to make a switch.

He inserted Young into the starting lineup and the Sixers have gone 5-2 ever since.  He’s had four games of over 15 points during that span, including 20 in a 97-80 domination of the Knicks.

Over the weekend, Philadunkia scribe Jeff McMenamin, got a chance to talk to Young about his recent success as well as his intricate personality that fans are getting to know and love.

 


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DRAFT VIDEOS: MAURICE HARKLESS

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
06/29/12 9:53 am EST

With the 15th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft the 76ers front office surprised us and all the “experts” by selecting St. John’s combo-forward Maurice Harkless.  I was up in Newark, New jersey last night and captured  some sound bites from Harkless.  Check them out below.

Harkless had this to say immediatley after being selected by the 7-6 (FYI…He grew up as a NYK’s fan):

 More Draft night video after the jump…

 


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LEARNING FROM THE HEAT

Posted by: Jerry Scherwin
06/21/12 9:10 am EST

Being that we are entering Game 5 of the NBA Finals tonight and are on the verge of LeBron’s first championship, let’s play a game.  I’m going to list agroup of Finals winners and I want you, the readers, to figure out what they all have in common besides a few diamond encrusted rings.

Here we go:

Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics (I’m starting at 1981 because this could go on forever, 1984, 1986, 2008), Los Angeles Lakers (Again starting at 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009,2010) San Antonio Spurs (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007), Miami Heat (2006, 2012*), Chicago Bulls (the entire 6-peat), Detroit Pistons (1989,1990 and arguably 2004)…

If you said each team contained an All-Star, you’d be on the right path.  If you said they each had a Hall of Famer; we would be in the same wave length.  If you said each one of those teams had at least two elite superstars on their rosters at the same time, you should submit your resume for the Sixers Presidential opening because you are one step ahead of favorite Danny Ferry.


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REPORT CARD: LOUIS WILLIAMS

Posted by: Matt Swiman
06/19/12 1:49 pm EST

Oh Sweet Lou, what to do with you?

Your deliver the highest of highs along with the lowest of lows and now you may be on your way out of town.

The Sixers leading scorer (Though he came off the bench.) had arguably the best season of his career and finished second behind James Harden for the 2011-2012 6th Man of the Year Award.  He provided instant offense for the scoring challenged 7-6, played point guard for Doug Collins when needed and hit a some big shots over the course of the season. 

So one would think that Louis Williams would be getting at least a grade of “A” from the scribes here at Philadunkia for his performance in the 2011-12 season.

After the jump, you’ll learn why that’s not going to happen. 


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JOB OPENING??

Posted by: Jerry Scherwin
06/12/12 2:52 pm EST

There seems to be a little shake up in the works for the 76ers organization and it’s not coming in the form of trades, free agents or draft picks.  News broke today that the Philadelphia front office is interviewing eventual and potential replacements for the 71-year old Sixers President, Rod Thorn, who will be entering the final year of his 3-year contract at the end of the 2012-2013 season.

Based on the article Bob Cooney wrote today, the Sixers interview party will consist of owner Josh Harris, CEO Adam Aron, Doug Collins and Thorn himself. 

Yes, Thorn will be selecting his soon to be replacement as he did with the New Jersey Nets in 2010 because of a provision in the contract former chairmen Ed Snider gave him in the same year.  No matter the outcome, Thorn will have a part-time consultant job with the Sixers for 5-years after his presidential contract expires.  Presumably, he will be offering an “All-State” helping hand to whichever prospect the “brain trust” brings in.

The article also stated that a “source” said that the process could take up to a year, but if the right candidate came along within the next few months, Thorn would then assume his part time role “immediately”.

So what names are being highlighted in bright neon yellow marker?

Let’s take a look at the list “sources close to the situation” are throwing out there:

 
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OHH WHAT A NIGHT

Posted by: Jerry Scherwin
05/25/12 10:37 am EST

The 2011-12 Philadelphia 76ers, that it is to say our 7-6, forced a Game 7 with the heavily favored Boston Celtics and I am extremely impressed.  Actually, I’m more than impressed; I am stunned.  I am Bud Selig after walking into a restaurant and accidentally bumping into Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire, and Rafael Palmeiro.  I am Stuart Scott during the Top Ten plays on SportsCenter.  I am Dwight K. Schrute during a fight between two black bears.  I am Tiger Woods on  an Arkansas campus tour with Bobby Petrino.

Too soon?

This series has been wild.  This series has been close.  This series has been a roller coaster of awful offensive possessions, an abundance of mental mistakes and what would be defined as defensive prowess (or, again, terrible offense).   But it’s been nothing but exciting for those invested in the two teams and that cannot be argued.

Nobody seems to know, including me, how the Sixers are getting the job done at this stage in the playoffs.  One could point out a few things here and there that the 76 have done well; but nothing that you could consistently put your finger on. 

But Wednesday night, in a “win or enjoy your summer vacation” moment, you could, which was a sight for sore eyes.

 
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PLAYOFFS, GM 11: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
05/22/12 10:53 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 85 FinalRecap | Box Score 101 Boston Celtics
Elton Brand, PF 30 MIN | 8-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 19 PTS | -10

After scoring 17 total in the first four games of this series, the “Ol’ Skool Chevy” put up an electric performance last night that unfortunately went to waste.  EB came out aggressive and looking for his shot.  The result was a 6-7 start on FGAs. He played with energy and passion and it seemed to catch on with the rest of the team (until the 3rd Q).  He still had a ton of trouble guarding KG and that caused some issues for the Sixers.

Andre Iguodala, SF 35 MIN | 3-10 FG | 1-4 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | -13

Just when you thought he had become a big game player, Dre goes out and lays an egg like this one.  But the thunderous dunk he had in traffic during the 2nd Q will certainly make SC.

Spencer Hawes, C 24 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | +4

10 & 5 is a serviceable night from Hawes, but if you watched this game closely, you know Hawes was a roller coaster on offense last night and could have had a bigger impact.  One moment he’s hitting a J, the next he’s bricking a bunny.  On one trip he puts the ball on the floor and drives to the rim for a nice lay-in.  Two possessions later he throws the ball away.  Such a frustrating game from Spence.  Of course, he also has to do a better job with KG on the defensive end if the Sixers are to win this series.

Evan Turner, SG 37 MIN | 5-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 11 PTS | -10

Even though his shooting touch still seems to be off, a solid night from Turner.  We love that he posted up Allen on several occasions for buckets and routinely drove the ball to the rack against the C’s.  The Sixers should have gone to ET vs. Allen more in the desperate 3rd Q.  He did struggle to contain Rondo in that 3rd Q, but what Sixer didn’t struggle in that stanza?

Jrue Holiday, PG 36 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 7 AST | 10 PTS | -11

A great first half — 10 & 5 — including an ice water in the veins 3PM with Ray Allen all over him is overshadowed by the disappearing act ‘The Jruth” pulled in the 2nd half.  Unfortunately hot starts and weak finishes have been a trend for Jrue in this series.

Lou Williams, PG 28 MIN | 3-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | -9

One game after carrying this team to a W, Louis craps the bead in Boston.

Thaddeus Young, F 18 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -14

After excellent performances in Game 3 and Game 4, we thought Thad had found his game.  We were wrong. His two TOs during the game breaking stretch of the 3rd Q were simply brutal for the Sixers.

Lavoy Allen, PF 19 MIN | 6-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 12 PTS | -15

So Collins doesn’t want to disrespect Brand by starting Lavoy in his place.  Does the same hold for Hawes?  The kid has been the steadiest player on the Sixers in this series.  FYI…As soon as KG got rolling in the 2nd Q I would have put Lavoy back in the game — even with his 2 fouls.

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PLAYOFFS, GM10: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
05/19/12 8:19 am EST
Boston Celtics 83 FinalRecap | Box Score 92 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 16 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -3

Again, we know there is a shoulder issue and that Boston is presents serious match-up issues for the “Ol’ Skool Chevy”, but EB looks cooked (He has 17 pts. & 11 rebs total in his last 4 gms.).  Still his defense on KG was much better last night then has been during the first three game sof this series.  For the rest of this series, we basically just need him to go out there, beat the crap out of KG in the 1st Q and use up 5 fouls.

Andre Iguodala, SF 38 MIN | 5-12 FG | 3-6 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 16 PTS | -2

The second half heroics were awesome and no doubt he was a big part of the comeback, but let’s not forget that Dre was a non-factor for a large portion of this game.  Dre didn’t attempt a FG until the 5:43 mark of the 1st Q and went 0-4 in the 1st half.  He also bricked several FTs and blew a dunk before halftime.  Luckily he shook off all that ugliness and had a huge second half (including clutch jumpers) that helped push the Sixers to the W.

Spencer Hawes, C 15 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -4

Can we just start Lavoy Allen and stop this craziness?

Evan Turner, SG 36 MIN | 5-22 FG | 6-9 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 16 PTS | 0

Obviously 5-22 shooting as well as 3 missed FTs is not good.  And to say that @thekidet was forcing things last night is an understatement.  Still we liked a lot of things that we saw from Turner in Game 4.  First and foremost, he showed some moxy last night.  He got into two dust ups with Boston players and refused to back down — the Sixers need that edginess.  Turner also continually drove the ball to the cup, played tenacious defense and cleaned the glass.  If a few more shots could have gone in for ET, he would have had a monster night.

Jrue Holiday, PG 32 MIN | 4-9 FG | 3-3 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | -6

The Jruth was plagued by foul trouble all night and that limited his effectiveness after a fast start (10 pts. in 1st half).  He still had a decent game, but Collins (& Jrue) needs to figure out a way to turn these fast starts by Jrue into a huge game.  So far in this series he seems to be willing to take a back seat in the second half.

Lou Williams, PG 29 MIN | 5-11 FG | 4-6 FT | 4 REB | 8 AST | 15 PTS | +28

Welcome to the party Louis!  This is the LW we need in this series.  He scored 13 of his 15 points in the 2nd half and honestly was the key to getting the Sixers back in the game.  He hit the C’s with a series of AND1′s that really turned the momentum in this game.  As a bonus he threw in some nice dimes and a few minutes of great defense.

Thaddeus Young, F 31 MIN | 4-8 FG | 4-6 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | +6

Glad to have you back Thad.  A second straight great game from #21, but this one was more about heart and hustle then filling up the scoring column up.  His energy in the 2nd half clearly bothered Boston and pushed the Sixers in their comeback effort.  His dime to Lavoyin the 4th was incredible and he also had a big block on Rondo in the Q.

Jodie Meeks, G 12 MIN | 2-3 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 9 PTS | +15

That’s what we need from Capt. Streaky — limited minutes and positive contributions. (A huge 3-ball once in a while is nice as well.)

Lavoy Allen, PF 33 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | +11

His defense on KG alone was enough to earn him the “A”.  The fact that he also grabbed 10 boards is enough for us to overlook the 4-10 shooting.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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TIME TO MAN UP

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
05/18/12 4:25 pm EST

For the Sixers the time to toughen up is now. 

It’s not just that they lost Game 3 that’s so disappointing, but it’s the way they lost it.  They didn’t just lose, Boston beat them down.  They were outplayed and out-hustled for the bulk of the game; somewhat surprising from a scrappy Sixer team that has maximized their talent all season.  No, the 7-6 aren’t the NBA’s toughest team, but they can’t allow themselves to be bullied, especially in front of the Philadelphia faithful.

Boston is going to talk, and Boston is going to bang.  That is what they do.  It is no secret that they are an emotional team, spearheaded by superstar hotheads Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, who yap almost as much as they produce on court, and this attitude sets the tone for the rest of the squad.  The Sixers have to not only accept this, but to overcome it. 

 
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PLAYOFFS, GAME 9: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
05/16/12 10:19 pm EST
Boston Celtics 107 FinalRecap | Box Score 91 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 15 MIN | 1-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | -23

As he has been too often this postseason, Brand was a non-factor.  Well, maybe non-factor is too charitable: he had an impact on the game, but it was one that favored Boston.

Andre Iguodala, SF 32 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-3 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | -16

Iguodala, after starting the game promisingly with a dunk in transition, was similarly impotent in the face of the Celtics attack.  If I were a guy who was facing an aging player with an MCL that was string cheese, I would probably challenge him defensively so I could 1.) get easy points and 2.) tire him our so he was less of a threat on the other end. Iguodala looked at this situation and decided, “I think I’ll take just six shots.”  The wounded Pierce outscored him 24-10.

Spencer Hawes, C 25 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-1 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -13

Entering Game 3, the word on Spencer Hawes was that he had returned to his early season form.  Entering Game 4, the word on Spencer Hawes will be, can he recover from his lousy Game 3?

Evan Turner, SG 35 MIN | 1-10 FG | 2-4 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 4 PTS | -6

When the team you’re playing shoots 52 percent, and you take ten shots and hit just one of them, you’re not helping.

Jrue Holiday, PG 36 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 9 AST | 15 PTS | -15

Jrue’s pretty final numbers mask the (frustrating, unfortunate) fact that he didn’t do much down the stretch.  In the final three quarters, he managed just five points on 2-of-9 shooting.

Lou Williams, PG 28 MIN | 4-10 FG | 3-3 FT | 0 REB | 4 AST | 13 PTS | -12

Lou, when things were getting out of hand – -which is to say, the second and third quarters — tried valiantly to breath some life into the Sixers.  He hit Thad Young with a well placed lob to, temporarily, shift the momentum, and did it on his own on a later possession when he took a bump and hit a leaner, then the subsequent foul shot.  Not that this made any difference.

Sam Young, SF 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +3

*crickets*

Thaddeus Young, F 26 MIN | 10-16 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 22 PTS | -1

After averaging only 6.5 ppg in the postseason entering tonight, Thad had his first breakout.  This is the one real silver lining from a cloudy game: if that can continue to exploit favorable matchups against the Cs, the Sixers still might have a chance here.

Xavier Silas, G 2 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +3

Xavier Silas (not pictured here), evidently, was on the floor at one point.  Good for him.

Jodie Meeks, G 17 MIN | 4-9 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 13 PTS | -1

Meeks managed to do some damage in garbage time, turning what was a blowout into what will look, to the casual box score peruser, like just your run-of-the-mill loss,

Lavoy Allen, PF 20 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -2

After a very sound start against KG and Co, both in the game and the series, Lavoy came back down to earth a bit in the stretch run.  That’s okay.  He still looks like he belongs.

Nikola Vucevic, C 3 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS | +3

Good to see you out there Nic.  It had been a while.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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