TRADE FOR COUSINS ?!?

Posted by: Jerry Scherwin
01/04/12 10:56 am EST

DeMarcus Cousins is a child.  He is a child as much as he is a knucklehead.  He is a knucklehead as much as he is a pain in the ass.  He is a pain in the ass as much as he is a legit NBA talent.  He is a legit NBA talent as much as he is a giant head case.  He is a giant head case as much as he is still a child.  Thus, we have the complex inner workings of DeMarcus Cousins. 

We know this after one full season in the NBA.  We knew this while he was at Kentucky.  We knew this when he was in high school.  And it seems to be a safe bet that people knew this during his AAU and grade school days. 

Someone with a temper, oft never loses such aggression and anger.  Someone with a “what about me” attitude, oft never loses such self-destroying thoughts.  That is, until they meet their match.  The one person that challenges them all the while getting the most from them

 Nothing has changed in Sacramento for Cousins, and it will more than likely never change in Sacramento for Cousins.

But that’s not to say it won’t change elsewhere.  That’s not to say it can’t change in Philly.  That’s not to say Doug Collins can’t be the man that gets through to Cousins (as uneasy as that may be).

 
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MORE DRAMA FOR IVERSON

Posted by: C. Smith
12/10/11 2:52 pm EST

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend — unless you are Tawanna Iverson.

According to TMZ Sports, former 76ers legend and future Hall of Famer Allen Iverson went on a significant spending spree after she filed for divorce, leaving her completely penniless.  Allegedly among the purchases “The Answer” made was $20,000 worth of diamond jewelry.  Court documents that Tawanna filed indicated that Allen’s spending habits put their account in the “red” and left her unable to provide for their children.

Also According to TMZ Sports, Allen denies Tawanna’s allegations in the docs (of course) — and they will now head to court to settle the dispute.

One other interesting fact from this story after the jump.


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THE LAST SHOT?

Posted by: Tim Parker
11/07/11 1:46 pm EST

Considering that last Wednesday night’s lead story on SportsCenter was the Temple – Ohio football game, it’s become more than obvious that the NBA lockout has left a void for not only players, owners, and the game’s legion of fans, but that it has also drastically altered the plans of the sports media world including the “World Wide Leader In Sports.”

While NBA enthusiasts are twiddling their thumbs, and star players are living out their football fantasies due to pure unadulterated boredom, there is one man who stands to benefit from the lockout.

“Who is this man?”, you ask.   The answer is quite simply…

“The Answer.”


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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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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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IN JOSH WE TRUST ???

Posted by: C. Smith
10/19/11 9:47 am EST

Since the “76ers for sale” rumors started flying around the internet this past spring, there’s been only one person  we’ve been waiting to hear from — billionaire Joshua Harris. 

For months we have heard nothing from Harris in the media and our repeated requests for interview time went unanswered. 

Well, yesterday was the big day, as Harris and new 76ers CEO Adam Aron finally stepped into the Philadelphia spotlight.  As the press conference was about to begin I literally had goosebumps.  The 76ers were about to launch a new era in which they will be owned by a billionaire and some of his pals who will be laser focused on the 76ers.  Philadunkia nation was about to get it’s own Mark Cuban or Mikhail Prokhorov.  I was smiling ear to ear as the Sixers would no longer be Ed Snider’s second favorite son.

Then the press conference began and my smile was soon wiped away.

Yes Harris and Aron said all the right things — as most very successful businessmen have been trained to do in a public speaking setting.  And there was some positive news — Ed Stefanski is out.  But let’s be honest — there was no pop, no sizzle, and  overall a lack of any energy behind the whole event.  By the end of the 44+ minute press conference, some of the excitement I had for a new beginning for the 76ers was drained from my soul. 

Obviously this new ownership group is comprised of very smart businessmen who by all accounts will do great things for this organization.  Believe me, here at Philadunkia we are praying very hard that Harris & CO. can make the 7-6 relevant to the Philly sports fan again.  However, in my opinion, the new era sure did get off to a slow start yesterday.

After the jump, are a few of my notes and key quotes from down at The Palestra on Tuesday…


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RECAP: LOUIS RUNS DC

Posted by: Kevin Jones
10/17/11 8:00 am EST

October 15th was supposed to be the Kevin Durant show. It was supposed to be a day where the Oklahoma City Thunder idol showed he was the anti-Lebron, the anti-Carmelo, the winner.

He was supposed to topple team Philly in front of his hometown.  Basketball addicts in the Washington, D.C. area had cleared their calendar a month in advance to watch a ‘Durantula’ clinic after such a bitter ending to his playoff quest against the Dallas Mavericks.

And then Lou Williams happened.

Sweet Lou finished with 53 points – 34 in the second half – to upstage Durant, John Wall, the bevy of attractive female groupies and the few NFL players sitting courtside.  No one at Calvin Coolidge High School could take their eyes off of Lou.  He was giving grown men the chills.  Honestly, I don’t ever recall seeing a player catch fire like Louis did Saturday night.


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WHAT A SHAME FOR THE 76ERS

Posted by: Philadunkia
10/12/11 10:26 am EST

While the city of Philadelphia is darkened by the recent collapses of championship hopeful franchises, what’s even more depressing for hoop heads in this town is the idea that the Sixers have missed out on a huge opportunity to capture this city’s attention.   

The Vince Young proclaimed “Dream Team” stands 1-4 in pigskin matches with coaches and players walking on a tight rope.  And the “Greatest Pitching Staff Ever Assembled,” lost in the postseason because of a poor supporting offensive cast — again.  Prior to the start of the MLB and NFL seasons, both the Phillies and the Eagles were allegedly bound for postseason success, but have since left their fans in a state of depression.  

So what team does the city need during this troubling condition?  Yup, you thought correctly, it needs the 76ers. 


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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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DREAM CENTER

Posted by: Philadunkia
08/03/11 9:48 am EST

We all know that the center position was / is a glaring weakness for the 76ers and here at Philadunkia we don’t see the combo of Spence and 2011 draftee “Big Nik” solving those issues in 2011-12. 

Of course, that is if there is a 2011-12 NBA season.

We also don’t believe that the Sixers are going to acquire Dwight Howard any time soon.

With those premises in mind, the Philadunkia scribes were charged with submitting a name from the long list of former Sixers centers that each individual thought could cure the 7-6’s ills in the middle for next season.

There was only one rule — you could not choose Wilt.

One other note – it is assumed that these “dream” centers who would be inserted into the 2011-12 Sixers lineup would play at their “prime” level that we witnessed during their Sixers career. 

Each writer also included several lines of text in defense of their choice.

We think Doug Collins would be very pleased with our selections.


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