Posts Tagged ‘Kevin Durant’

Sam Hinkie Revisited

Friday, August 1st, 2014

samA year ago, I penned the story In Hinkie I Question which examined every aspect of Sam Hinkie’s rebuilding plan up to that point and what needed to be done for Hinkie to gain my stamp of approval.

I broke down the story into four parts; the teams draft picks, the teams tanking ability, the organizations draw to free agents and the teams tradable assets. Based on the information I had at the time, I made an educated verdict on Hinkie’s plan and found that he was taking a lot of risks which had me skeptical that he’d be able to turn this franchise into a winner once again.

Now a year into his plan, you’ve seen the wheels on Hinkie’s long-term goals start to move. Good or bad, there is a definite direction that the team is now headed­­. With this in mind, I’ll re-examine Hinkie’s plan based on the same model of my past story. Has Hinkie gained my stamp of approval? Find out after the jump…

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Not My Usual Day in Manchester

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

537696_3665377225975_587995416_nBLEEP! My alarm goes off, game day is finally here!

At age 21, I have been a fan of the NBA for the last six years of my life. Never did I imagine the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Philadelphia 76ers would be playing a game in my home city, Manchester.

The only way this day could have got any better was if my beloved Charlotte Bobcats were making the trip across the pond, but you can’t have everything!

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TRUE HERO: ALLEN IVERSON

Monday, August 26th, 2013

iverson7The definition of a hero is generally a person or figure, who is admired or idealized for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

As a Philadelphia sports fan my entire life, I have had plenty of opportunities to pick who this person was for me growing up.

There was the hard-hitting but well-spoken Brian Dawkins of the Eagles, that truly left everything he had out on the football field on Sunday’s. He set the tone on defense for a team which reached the Super Bowl in 2004.

There’s the great Chase Utley of the Phillies. He helped win the city its first major sports title after a 25-year drought and defines the word toughness on the baseball field.

Then there was the great Eric Lindros for the Flyers. He led the team to a Stanley Cup in 1997, before they were ousted in four games by the Detroit Red Wings. He was a scoring machine who is already in conversation to become an NHL Hall of Famer, just a few years out of the league.

All were or are still great athletes and at one point or another were considered the best at their respective positions.

But football, baseball and hockey didn’t nearly pique my interest in the way that basketball did when I was growing up. When a little guard from Georgetown first stepped on the court for the Sixers, I knew that there was only one guy to take this title from me. My hero was the man who donned No. 3 on his chest, had a pair of sweet Reebok sneakers on his feet and lined himself from head to toe with tattoos and accessories. My hero was Allen Iverson.

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JRUE SELECTED TO USA MINI-CAMP

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

One of the best ways to improve yourself in any sport is to play on your country’s national team. A recent example is former Sixer Andre Iguodala. Iguodala joined Team USA for the FIBA World Championship’s in 2010. He went on to have his only all-star season in 2011-12, after practicing with players like Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Danny Granger, Rudy Gay and Eric Gordon for a whole summer.

Team USA brought him back for the Summer Olympics last summer where once again he played exceptionally well and helped his team bring home the gold medal.

That’s why Sixers fans should be excited at the announcement that Jrue Holiday was selected today as one of 27 players to attend the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s National Team mini-camp, held July 22-25 at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

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GM 34: RAPID REACTS

Saturday, January 5th, 2013
Philadelphia 76ers 85 FinalRecap | Box Score 109 Oklahoma City Thunder
Lavoy Allen, PF 27 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -17

Lavoy started slow (2 TOs in 1st Q) but found his stride to have a decent game for the 7-6.  However the bunny he blew on a sweet dime from Holiday in the 3rd quarter had me throwing stuff.

Thaddeus Young, SF 30 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | -13

It must be tough to play at a high level on offense when you are continually being taken to the weight room by opposing bigs at the other end.  Thad had moments (see next line) of his usual high energy, but he looked worn out to me. FYI…That block (goal-tending call) he had on Westbrook in the 4th Q was amazing.

Evan Turner, SF 30 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 5 PTS | -14

It was hilarious watching him try to guard KD.

Jrue Holiday, PG 32 MIN | 7-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 9 AST | 15 PTS | -12

A solid performance by Jrue, but I thought he (and the rest of the Sixers) settled for too many jumpers in the 1st half.  He had 3 outstanding assists in the 3rd Q and two dribble-drive plays that showed me he is capable of getting to the hoop whenever he wants, so he needs to be more assertive in doing so.  There was on trip in the 2nd Q on which Perkins got switched onto Jrue and instead of going to the rim, Holiday settled for a three.

Jason Richardson, SG 29 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | -10

It’s a tough assignment when you have to guard the nearly 7-foot KD and produce some points for this team.  Which may explain why he scored all of his points in one stretch during the 3rd Q.  FYI…I actually thought J-Rich did a respectable job on Durant.

Dorell Wright, SF 25 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | -17

A couple of ill-advised FGAs, but other than that a good night from Wright.

Spencer Hawes, C 31 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 13 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -14

If his shot was falling, it could have been a big night for Spence.

Maalik Wayns, PG 4 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -5

Garbage time…

Damien Wilkins, SG 4 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -6Ditto
Nick Young, SG 28 MIN | 5-12 FG | 6-8 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 21 PTS | -12

In the 2nd Q, Swaggy was amazing — 11 points on 3-3 from deep.  He was also the ONLY 76er to get to the FT line last night.

Doug Collins

If the Sixers played any slower last night (by design) I would have fallen asleep on my couch. Wait…I did.  I’m sure he stresses this / works on this all the time, but DC has to figure out a way to get this team to the FT line more often, because it’s obvious this group won’t do it on their own.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw…

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FO’ with the FOES: OKC THUNDER

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

okcThis late afternoon 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 foe, the young, talented and highlight reel producing Oklahoma City Thunder. 

This is going to be a very interesting game featuring two very young, athletic teams that shoot the rock poorly and play two completely different styles of ball.  OKC values defense and has a certified, go-to NBA superstar in Kevin Durant to rely on when they need big buckets.  The Sixers play absolutely no defense and are a “star-less” squad on which you never know who is going to hoist the big shot during a given game.  Even though on paper Philadunkia’s home team appears to be an underdog in this one, we think the Sixers players may have a chip on their shoulder right now over today’s addition of Allen Iverson to the roster and they may be out to prove something.  So we boldly predict a 76ers W tonight.

For a little more insight into the Thunder team the Sixers face tonight, we turn to our man Royce Young from thedailythunder.com to answer two questions on the Thunder from us here at Philadunkia as well as provide us with two points of analysis on this OKC squad from an insider’s perspective.

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