ADVERTISE HERE

Posted by: C. Smith
03/29/12 1:26 pm EST

I believe the Sports Business Journal “broke” this story yesterday and it is now being widely reported that the NBA will consider or is “open” to considering the prospect of selling advertising space on the League’s uniforms in the very near future.  Apparently when the League’s board of governors meets in April it will be one of the many topics that is brought up for discussion.

This pratice is common place with professional soccer teams both here in the States as well as in Europe.  Most WNBA teams already have gone down this path and Golden State Warriors president Rick Welts told the SBJ, “…I feel like it is inevitable.” 

Obviously Mark Cuban who has been a proponent of this idea for some time was ecstatic to hear this latest rumor, “I’ve been trying to tell (the NBA),” Cuban told the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram. “If someone wants to give us $10 million, I’ll make it happen…If the amount’s enough, (commissioner) David (Stern) will jump up and down,” Cuban continued.  “He’s not going to do it for $200,000 from Power Balance, but if somebody offers us $25 million, it’s done.”

Now, we know that if the NBA is going to place advertising on the League’s uniforms, Stern & Co. will be looking for a national marketing deal that brings in huge dollars just as Cuban said, but we wanted to have a little fun with this concept and how it could apply to our 76ers. 

And with some help from Photoshop, we did.  Legendary cheesesteak and hoagie stop Tony Luke’s seems like a natural fit, so we went with that idea for the homepage.  After the jump are a few of our more, shall we saw, controversial advertising ideas.   

 
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VIDEO: SIXERS BEAT BOSTON…AGAIN

Posted by: Philadunkia
03/24/12 8:41 pm EST

Philadunkia’s Tim Parker filed this video report from last night’s 76ers win over Boston… 

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8719YFd_5c&feature=youtu.be

 

FO’ with the FOES: NY KNICKS

Posted by: C. Smith
03/21/12 2:50 pm EST

This ‘the Eagles finally have a real middle linebacker’ 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 key upcoming 76ers games — features tonight’s opponent, the surging New York Knickerbockers.

To be honest, we once again debated whether or not to write this preview.  Yes we know the Knicks have won 4 straight under Mike Woodson – vs. POR; vs. IND; @ IND and vs. TOR.  And yes we know that NYK’s superstars ‘Melo and Amare have recently been playing with more urgency after they got D’Antoni fired.  And yes we know New York’s defense has improved.  And yes we know that New York beat Indiana twice in a back-to-back set of games — the same Indiana team that recently manhandled the 76ers.  Finally, we also realize that Linsanity has returned to form in his last three games and is averaging 16.6 points, 7 dimes and 5 boards per night over that stretch. 

To be honest, we don’t care.  The Sixers should win this one easily because they are the better team and thus tonight is not a “big” game in our eyes.  This is the same group of Knicks that rode Linsanity to unbelievable heights only to crash and burn.  It’s also the same hapless group of Knicks the Sixers pounded into the ground at the WFC last Sunday and I expect similar outcome tonight.  Why??  I’ll tell you why.  The NYK don’t have the heart or character to do what it takes to win on a consistent basis in this League – play solid defense every night. 

So, tonight the Sixers should use this formula to bring home another W.  Let the Knicks play iso ball all night and allow ‘Melo to shoot 15+ times in order to score 17 points.  ‘Melo’s frequenting hoisting will render Amare a non-factor.  Then have Holiday and Turner handle Lin.  Use the “Night Shift” to build a cushion in the second quarter and come out of the locker room after the half and deliver the knockout blow with suffocating defense, thus sending the Knicks on another downward cycle in their rollercoaster season.  Ohh yeah, and be sure to score 100 points so everyone gets free Big Macs.

For a little more insight into the Knicks team the Sixers face tonight, we turn to our man Mike Kurylo from KnickerBlogger.net to answer four questions on the improved Knicks from us here at Philadunkia.


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GM 45: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
03/20/12 9:54 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 105 FinalRecap | Box Score 80 Charlotte Bobcats
Elton Brand, PF 31 MIN | 8-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 16 PTS | +21

A very solid game for EB who had to be embarrassed by his performance in Chicago on Saturday night.  Brand started strong and his 8 points in the 3rd Q was a big part of the Sixers simply putting away the cats in this one.  Just more evidence that Charlotte is the cure for whatever ails your NBA team.

Andre Iguodala, SF 31 MIN | 1-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 3 PTS | +12

Dre looked disinterested at best and we wonder if he is simply exhausted.  Dre had zero points in the 1st half.  He was especially dreadful in the 3rd Q when he missed a 3PA badly and then two trips later he drove to the cup and instead of taking it strong, he clearly avoided the oncoming contact and ended up hittting the underside of the basket with a finger roll.

Spencer Hawes, C 24 MIN | 6-11 FG | 1-1 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | +13

He recovered nicely from a horrid first half and given the injury Hawes is struggling with, that deserves an A in my book. Hawes seemed to be moving much better last night and as a result his production (His first double-double since Jan. 16) in limited minutes was a big plus for the Sixers last night.  Hawes had several loose ball / follow buckets which is an encouraging sign. If he can give us this type of effort every time he is in the lineup, a lot of the Sixers offensive woes could go away.

Evan Turner, SG 27 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | +14

That’s back-to-back dreadful performances by ET.  Any did anyone else notice that he was not happy about being removed from the game 3 minutes into the 3rd quarter?

Jrue Holiday, PG 31 MIN | 8-13 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 20 PTS | +20

Jrue is simply on fire right now having scored 50 points in his last two games.  Tonight he complimented the scoring with trips to the FT line, as well as 6 dimes and tremendous defense on DJ Augustin who has killed the Sixers in the past.

Lou Williams, PG 23 MIN | 8-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 19 PTS | +15

He recovered nicely from a terrible first couple of minutes during the second quarter and helped ice this game during the third. His 3-point shooting was a welcome sight for this team.  His dime to Thad that led to a 4th Q slam was so sweet.

Sam Young, SF 9 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -4

We’d like to see more minutes for Sam.  I am especially intrigued with the Dre – Louis – Sam – Nik – Thad lineup that Collins out out on teh floor at the end of the 1st Q.

Thaddeus Young, F 28 MIN | 10-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 20 PTS | +12

We can’t say enough about how good he has been on 99% of the nights this season.  Just another night at the office for Thad.  The throw down yungsmoove had in the 4th Q was filthy.

Jodie Meeks, G 24 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | +20

Better, but still not good enough for a guy who simply has one job — make open jumpers.

Lavoy Allen, PF 2 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +1

Needs more minutes.

Nikola Vucevic, C 11 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 PTS | +1

Absolutely needs more minutes.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…


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GM 44: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
03/17/12 5:03 pm EST
Miami Heat 84 FinalRecap | Box Score 78 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 29 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +2

We loved that he grabbed 7 OREB and his hustle on several plays in the second half were a big part of the Sixers comeback, but he was horrific shooting the rock and did not make a single trip to the FT line.

Andre Iguodala, SF 40 MIN | 4-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 10 REB | 4 AST | 11 PTS | -9

If you’re a “leader” on a team and you’re not going to get me 20+ a night, you have to play lockdown defense.  Dre usually does that…not so much last night as he was helpless against Lebron.

Nikola Vucevic, C 15 MIN | 4-9 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | -3

Well at least he’s finally in the starting lineup, which is a good move in my book.  Also he hit his FT.  Now if we can just get him 20+ mins. a night and teach hime how to draw a foul

Evan Turner, SG 35 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-2 FT | 8 REB | 5 AST | 13 PTS | -3

His defense on D-Wade in the second half was down right nasty (Wade had zero pts. in the 4th).  He even traded some verbal blows with the Heat’s all-world guard, so we like that he did not back down at all.  He also carried the 7-6 offensively when they made their comeback — scored seven in the first 9 minutes of the fourth.  However, his brutal start (3-8) did not help the Sixers at all.

Jrue Holiday, PG 27 MIN | 3-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -20

Was this Jrue’s worst outing of the season? Possibly.  Not even his stellar defense in the 3rd could save his grade tonight. But he still should have played at some point during the final 14 minutes of this game.

Lou Williams, PG 27 MIN | 4-15 FG | 2-5 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 12 PTS | -1

Forget for a second that one of the leaders of the “Night Shift” was ice sold from the field tonight.  What has us really upset was his 1-3 shooting from the FT line at the end of the 3rd Q.  Those misses simply killed us.

Sam Young, SF 2 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS | -4

What would you like me to say here?

Thaddeus Young, F 31 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | +3

Thad had some shooting woes last night, but his energy and hustle were a huge reason the Sixers got back in this game during the second half.  His defense on Chris Bosh had the all-star center completely frustrated.

Jodie Meeks, G 22 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | +2

Not doubt that Capt. Streaky provided a huge boost in the 4th Q (7 pts.), but your 3-point specialist has to do better then 1-5 on 3PAs.

Lavoy Allen, PF 12 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +3

That’s more like the Lavoy we know.

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FO’ with the FOES: MIAMI HEAT

Posted by: C. Smith
03/16/12 3:50 pm EST

This Friday 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 key upcoming 76ers games — features tonight’s opponent, the Miami Heat (31-11), who currently sit in second place in the Eastern Conference..   

We actually debated not writing a preview of tonight’s game down at the Wells Fargo Center vs. the Heat.  The reason for our hesitation – we questioned whether or not this run against Miami is a “big” or “key” game on the schedule.  Yes the Sixers are ballin against the Heat — arguably one of the, if not the best team in the NBA — tonight.  So obviously this is a highly anticipated contest in Philadunkia nation and there will be a packed house tonight down on Broad Street. 

But from a basketball perspective, we still wonder if this is a “key” game for the 7-6.  That debate stems from the fact that the Heat are clearly a better team then the Sixers and have the 76ers “number” as they say.  Anyone who watched these two squads battle during last year’s playoffs and on two occasions earlier this season, should have come to this realization by now.  And please don’t give us the, “But now Evan Turner is starting.” line either.  While Turner has given Philadunkia’s home team a huge boost, ET’s recent stellar play wasn’t enough to down the hot shooting Pacers Wednesday night and it certainly won’t be the answer for the Sixers in their efforts to finally overcome the Heat tonight.    

Now take the above items we already know about the mighty Heat and throw in the fact that tonight Wade, Lebron & Co. come into the WFC angry after their unexpected loss in Chicago on Wednesday night to the D-Rose-less Bulls and the Sixers chances of winning this game get even smaller.  (FYI…back on February 3rd, the Heat came into Philly off a loss @ MIL and simply dismantled the Sixers, 99-79.  Thanks for that CHI & MIL.)

So our advice is to just sit back and enjoy this game tonight between two defensive minded and athletically gifted teams that like to get out on the break and play above the rim.  If the Sixers somehow manage to hijack a W tonight then rejoice in the huge upset.  Should they lose yet another one to the Heat, then simply shrug off the L, pop open a cold one and turn your attention to the NCAA Tourney, because tonight is not a make or break / “key” / measuring stick game for the 76ers and thus yet another L to the Heat should not cause you any stress.

For a little more insight into the Heat team the Sixers face tonight, we turn to our man Tom Haberstroh at ESPN.com’s Heat Index to answer four questions on Miami from us here at Philadunkia.


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CONGRATS TO @theKIDET

Posted by: C. Smith
03/13/12 12:30 pm EST

Obviously inserting Evan Turner in to the 76ers starting lineup has had a tremendous impact on the team.  To say the change has revitalized this franchise after a terrible (but short) slump that caused a lot of folks to leap off the bandwagon is an understatement.

During ET’s recent three-game stretch (BOS; UTA; NYK), the #2 overall pick in the 2010 Draft is averaging 22 points, 11.3 rebounds and 3.3 dimes per night while shooting 60% from the field.  The 7-6 have won all three of those games (3-1 overall) and during Turner’s recent hot streak they have now scored 100 or more points in three straight games for the first time since March 2011. 

Whether you are on the street or listening to the radio in you car, Turner is the talk of Philadunkia nation.  But, hoop heads in Philadelphia are not alone in their admiration of Turner’s recent play.  It seems Twitter-land has taken notice of ET’s skill and all sorts of people are showing ET the love via the social media network.

After the jump we present some of the best ET related Tweets we could find.

 
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GM 41: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
03/09/12 10:47 pm EST
Utah Jazz 91 FinalRecap | Box Score 104 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 32 MIN | 4-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -3

8 points on 13 shots is not good, especially when you are coming off an 18 point night.  Most concerning for us were his 3 missess in the 4th Q.  EB looked tired and old during that stanza and his shot was flat.  Also…is there a forward in the League who gets his shot blocked more often?  EB simply has no lift.

Andre Iguodala, SF 36 MIN | 5-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 10 AST | 10 PTS | +11

We’d still like to see him be a little more assertive in the half court offense, but that’s being really, really picky tonight.  His defense on the perimeter during the 2nd half was simply stellar.

Tony Battie, C 11 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | -5

Tony went 2-3 from the field in 11 minutes and didn’t make any major mistakes.  For a guy who has no right being in the Association, what else could we give him but an A?

Evan Turner, SG 43 MIN | 7-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 12 REB | 6 AST | 16 PTS | +2

Simply amazing again tonight.  We’re not ready just yet to start a Jeremy Lin level of hysteria here in Philly for Turner, but after a second straight double-double, we’re getting close.  Of special note was his 7 points and 3 boards in the 1st Q that helped the Sixers stay in this game when they were getting killed down low.  Is it me or does ET simply appear to have more energy and spring in his step then everyone else on the court.  He looks “fresh” (for lack of a better word) compared to the rest of the ballers out there.  He also hit the bucket that gave everyone in the WFC free Big Macs…’nuff said.

Jrue Holiday, PG 32 MIN | 7-11 FG | 0-1 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 16 PTS | +6

Holiday got off to a slow start and didn’t score his first basket until 3:40 remained in the 2nd Q.  He quickly followed that up with a 3-ball, but because of foul trouble couldn’t keep the momentum going in the 3rd Q.  So, after a long stretch on the bench, Jrue simply took the game over in the 4th.  Jumpers on the break, 3-pointers, following his own shot, back door cuts, Holiday did it all in the 4th (Holiday scored the Sixers’ first seven points in the fourth.).  His 4th Q totals — 10 points, 3 rebounds and one charge drawn.  He basically closed out the Jazz in this one.

Lou Williams, PG 26 MIN | 6-10 FG | 8-10 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 21 PTS | +18

Except for two ill advised running leaners in the second half and a couple of missed FTs, this was one of LW’s best games of the year.

Thaddeus Young, F 33 MIN | 8-17 FG | 5-8 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 21 PTS | +21

The leader of the “Night Shift” was red hot in the 1st half and his energy carried the Sixers during the late 1st and into the 2nd Q.  At one point he scored 8 straight for the Sixers.  However, even while he was carrying the Sixers, we were concerned that he was scoring by settling for jumpers (That all went in.).  That came back to haunt him in the second half as his J went cold.  It took him a second to adjust, but Thad eventually did and then scored the ball off the bounce.

Jodie Meeks, G 8 MIN | 0-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +2

Meeks missed 2 3PAs and had two awkward drives to the rim during the 2nd Q and that was all the evidence Collins needed to realize that Jodie didn’t have it tonight.  He did not see the floor in the 2nd half.

Lavoy Allen, PF 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -2

It seems Lavoy Allen is deep in Doug’s doghouse as the kid from Temple saw limited minutes in the 1st half and no burn in the second at all.  C’mon Doug.  Lavoy is certainly a better option then Ol’ Man Battie.

Nikola Vucevic, C 18 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +15

“Big Nik” missed a couple shots that he usually knock down, but other then that it was a solid night.  We’ll continue to push for more minutes for the rookie as well still remember what he did vs. Houston when he got 28+ minutes of playing time.

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GM 40: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
03/07/12 10:14 pm EST
Boston Celtics 71 FinalRecap | Box Score 103 Philadelphia 76ers
Andre Iguodala, SF 29 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 8 AST | 10 PTS | +19

Another day at the office for Iguodala, who held Pierce to 13 and continued to be the beating heart of the best, and most consistent, aspect of the 7-6’s game. When I say “D” you say “Fence.”

Craig Brackins, SF 4 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -3

When Craig Brackins is playing, it means something either very good or very bad has happened. Tonight, fortunately, it was the former.

Tony Battie, C 11 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +6

With zeros in almost every category, Battie is giving a whole new meaning to “empty stats.”

Evan Turner, SG 37 MIN | 11-19 FG | 3-4 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 26 PTS | +30

Oh. My. God. ET delivered the sort of performance we’ve been waiting two years for.  Since getting the starting nod the last two nights, he’s looked like a completely different player.  Monday’s misses aside — and they became makes on Wednesday anyway — he just looks so demonstrative out there.  Turner also did a nice jobe defensively on Rondo at the start of the game.

Jrue Holiday, PG 30 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 10 PTS | +18

An okay performance on the offensive end, but after the Sixers got torched by PGs Derrick Rose and Brandon Jennings in consecutive games, it was nice to see the red-hot Allen (0-5 on FGAs) and Rondo (2-6 on FGAs) struggle thanks to Jrue’s defense.

Elton Brand, PF 26 MIN | 8-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 18 PTS | +24

Elton Brand was outstanding tonight.  At one point he had dunks — like jump up in the air and put the ball directly into the hoop with your two hands — on consecutive trips down the court.  I think I need to sit down.

Andres Nocioni, F 4 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS | -3

The human victory cigar got lit in the fourth period.

Lou Williams, PG 28 MIN | 4-11 FG | 5-7 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | +19

Lou, who’s been hot and cold of late, was sound on Wednesday, but did the lion’s share of his work once the outcome was decided.  So like mid-second quarter and beyond.

Jodie Meeks, G 22 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | +13

Jodie, who looked great off the bench against the Bucks, looked less than that tonight.

Lavoy Allen, PF 21 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +15

LA did some nice work on the glass, snagging one particularly impressive o-board from the clutches of Kevin Garnett.

Nikola Vucevic, C 30 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 12 REB | 0 AST | 14 PTS | +22

With Hawes reportedly on the mend, the Montenegrin stepped his game up.  He was a terror on the boards, stayed with his own misses, and delivered the kind of performance that, when you look at the numbers, leaves you wondering ‘That was all?’

 

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4th QUARTER WOES

Posted by: Philadunkia
03/07/12 9:57 am EST

What do Kobe, Durant, D-Rose, Dirk, D-Wade and Chris Paul all have in common?  They’re all NBA ‘closers’ — players who make big plays towards the end of the game.  These guys have the ability to put a team on their shoulders and carry that squad to victory through sheer will and killer instinct.  Or, at least that’s how the narrative goes.  Not every player in the League owns the skills and killer instinct to be a ‘closer’ — LeBron James apparently can not fill this role.  But, most concerning for us is that despite Louis Williams’ best efforts, it seems the current Sixers roster lacks anyone with enough talent and killer instinct to ‘close’ a game. 

It has become evident that the 76ers have some major issues in the fourth quarter, which are indicative in their poor record in close games — 28 in games decided by 5 points or less & 2-12 in games decided by 7 points or less.  These issues bring some questions about the team’s future.


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