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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BACKPEDALING ?

Posted by: C. Smith
07/11/11 11:33 am EST

On Saturday Dei Lynam at csnphilly.com landed an interview with Andre Iguodala.  The bonus was that the interview took place right here in the City of Brotherly Love.

What was AI9 doing in Philladunkia nation this past Saturday? 

Well Dre was at Cherashore Playground (10th and Olney) for the “Part of the Solution Community Day“.  Hosted by Philly native Mustafa Shakur (who is Dre’s former Arizona teammate), the event is a day long festival of clinics for kids, food, games, guest speakers and a 3-on-3 men’s basketball tournament.

Among the interesting items from Lynam’s interview with Dre is that he said he “enjoys being here” in Philadelphia and that his comments after the Miami series were “taken out of context”.  In the vidoe Dre does seem to be genuinely relaxed and haopy to talk with Lynam.

Still, to us Dre sounds like a guy who realizes he may be stuck in Philly for a while and needs to make the best of what he views as a bad situation.

Watch the full interview after the jump. 


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INTERVIEW: THAD YOUNG

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
07/08/11 8:52 am EST

Recently Philadunkia scribe Jeff McMenamin spent some time with 76ers forward Thaddeus Young (@yungsmoove21). 

Thad talked to our man Jeff about what he’s been up to the summer, his basketball camp, Doug Collins, the Sixers 2011 Draft, the lockout and of course whether or not he thinks ‘Dre will be back in a 76ers uniform next season.  

Philadunkia:  What have you been doing this summer to get ready for next year?

Thad:  I’ve just been working out.  Lifting, running, and just doing the normal things I usually do that are part of my everyday habits. I’ve just been hitting the gym and getting up shots and doing the things that the coaches have asked of me. Just trying to stay in sync and stay in the midst of things.


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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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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
06/28/11 9:44 am EST

David Aldridge at NBA.com gives the Sixers 2011 Draft rave reviews.

According to this report, the LAL were in hot pursuit of Iguodala but the Sixers pulled the plug over concerns about Odom’s “mental state” if he had to move from Hollywood.

Michael Levin at Libertyballers.com has a few final thoughts on the Sixers 2011 Draft.  Among them is the idea that…”Most importantly though, for the 4th straight year, the Sixers did nothing on draft day but make the one or two picks they were slated to make. No moves, no tweaks, no sign of activity to make me think they did anything during the draft except hope the one guy they wanted didn’t fall during their Solitaire tournament in the War Room.”

cbssports.com posts a list of the Top 50 available free agents.  The good news — none of the Sixers are on the list.  The bad news — unless the Sixers make a trade, they likely don’t have the cap space to sign any of these guys.

Zach Lowe at “The Point Forward” blog writes that the Sixers selecting “Big Nik” has put Spencer Hawes’ job in jeopardy.  Our favorite line from Lowe…”The Sixers played better on both ends last season with Hawes on the bench…”


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WELL THIS IS AWKWARD…

Posted by: Kevin Jones
06/27/11 12:59 pm EST

Iguodala is going to remain a 76er for the time being, even after several trade offers were dangled in front of the organization for a number of weeks.

Have you ever been caught talking crap about one of your best friends?  I mean everyone has to vent from time-to-time about the annoying characteristics friends sometimes smother you with on a consistent basis.  Sometimes you accidentally chose to vent to the wrong friend (the girly one) and he happens to rumor it around with all of your close buddies.

Well the Sixers didn’t just tell a few close friends about their unhappiness with Andre Iguodala.  They called the whole NBA to the gymnasium for an assembly to announce that they had to get rid of their best player.  At nearly any cost.


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OHH LORD…

Posted by: C. Smith
06/24/11 3:15 pm EST

This one comes to us via barstoolsports.com / philly

While his defense and court vision probably aren’t getting any better, it seems that Louis Williams’ hip-hop music career has jumped up a notch.   

More after the jump…


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