Posts Tagged ‘Kobe Bryant’

Fo’ with the Foes: LA Lakers

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

lakerhottieThis special, Moses Malone Tribute Night 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 Los Angeles Lakers who own a record of 2-16, have lost six straight games, but feature D’Angelo Russell, former 76ers Louis Williams and Swaggy P as well as the soon-to-be-retired Kobe Bryant.

After the jump, I’ll look at Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Los Angeles team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Darius Soriano at forumblueandgold.com, as Darius will answer Fo’ questions on his Lakers squad from us here at Philadunkia.

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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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IGGY OPTING OUT OF CONTRACT

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

According to multiple reports, former Sixer Andre Iguodala will opt out of his contract with the Denver Nuggets next season to become a free agent.

Iguodala, whose lone all-star season came with the Sixers in 2012, is set to make $16.2 million next season. By opting out, he’ll have the ability to sign a five-year contract with the Nuggets or a four-year deal with another team.

The news is somewhat surprising, considering the Nuggets held a 57-25 record last season. Yet as a No.3 seed in the Western Conference, the Nuggets were upset in the first round of the playoffs by the Golden State Warriors. Their head coach George Karl was fired and their GM Masai Ujiri also left for a job with the Toronto Raptors.

What’s more surprising is the move by Iguodala to decide to take less money in order to have a better shot at an NBA title.

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GM 25: RAPID REACTS

Monday, February 6th, 2012
Los Angeles Lakers 90 FinalRecap | Box Score 95 Philadelphia 76ers
Andre Iguodala, SF 38 MIN | 5-9 FG | 1-5 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 12 PTS | +9

If Collins had locked Iguodala in on Kobe Bryant from the start would this game have been a blowout?  His defense on #24 in the 2nd half was excellent and was a major reason the Sixers were able to pull this one out. He didn’t score much until the second half but he had an active and solid night overall.  Coach Collins’ decision to halt all the defensive switches the Sixers typically execute and have Dre stay on Bryant late in the 4th Q totally saved this W for the 7-6.

Lavoy Allen, PF 14 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 4 PTS | +7

He’s not Elton Brand and he certainly did not play like it. Though, he didn’t hurt the Sixers in a game where everyone’s best effort was needed. Allen is continuing to show good court awareness but has to grow especially defending down low and grabbing boards.

Spencer Hawes, C 32 MIN | 3-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 8 PTS | -1

Hawes was horrendous in the 1st half. He didn’t shoot well and was an absolute non-factor against Andre Bynum and Pau Gasol on the boards.  His lack of toughness didn’t hurt the Sixers in the end but midway through the 4th it looked as if his lack of physical play would have been a major factor to a Lakers win.  His teammates bailed him out.

Jodie Meeks, G 23 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 9 PTS | -6

Meeks had the worst possible start that he could have imagined.  He earned 2 quick fouls on two questionable calls that sat him on the bench.  Though, that turned around quickly as he began to drains his 3’s and showed great hustle defensively, including diving for loose balls and sacrificing his body.

Jrue Holiday, PG 36 MIN | 6-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 13 PTS | +11Holiday had an impressive 3rd quarter that kept the Sixers in the game.  He worked quietly and efficiently.  He ddin’t do anything fancy or amazing but he got better as the game went along and played solid defense along the way.
Lou Williams, PG 25 MIN | 7-12 FG | 7-8 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 24 PTS | +3

Mr. Willams was fantastic.  He simply took over the game for the Sixers in the 4th quarter — 14 points (He also scored 12 of the Sixers last 14 points.).  It seemed almost that he couldn’t miss.  The Lakers had no answer as Williams drained shots from all over the court including 2 monster shots from downtown.  One coming with Sixers trailing in the 4th, the other would propel the Sixers final run to pull away.

Thaddeus Young, F 24 MIN | 4-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | -7

Young didn’t get much play late in the second half.  Though, when was in the game he had an ok performance.  He was solid defensively but the matchups were not there for him on the offensive end unless he was being guarded by Troy Murphy.

Evan Turner, SG 22 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | 0

His first task was to help guard Kobe Bryant.  That ddin’t go over so well.  At times Kobe took Turner to school which ultimately led to the end of defensive switching among he and Iguodala.  Turner was solid otherwise in this one.

Nikola Vucevic, C 25 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +9

Vucevic did not back down from the challenge of playing against Bynum and Gasol.  He actually held his own.  Out of the Sixers big man rotation, he had the best game of them all.  That’s not much though.  The good news is that his post game is continuing to improve.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Tonight…

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FO’ with the FOES: LA LAKERS

Friday, December 17th, 2010

This frozen 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 upcoming 76ers opponents — features tonight’s opponent the two time defending NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers. 

The Sixers are about as hot as they have ever been over the last two years and we really like the way the team is playing right now.  We’re getting contributions from everyone of offense – including Spencer Hawes.  SURPRISE.  On the defensive end we are also playing very well – the Sixers are ranked 10thin opponents scoring average (96.6 ppg.) and 4th in opponents’ 3-point percentage (33.3%).

Throw in the fact that this is the 6thgame in a 7-game road swing for the LAL and the idea that a significantly inferior 76ers squad (to the current team) gave the Lakers all they could handle in both match ups last year and we have to say we like our chances of seeing an upset tonight.

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PHILLY’S FAVORITE VILLAIN

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Forget the four rings. Forget the MVP award. Forget the 12 straight All-Star appearances. Forget the numerous All-NBA teams he’s made, and forget the slam dunk trophy. In Philadelphia these accomplishments aren’t the reason why there is so much dislike towards its native son Kobe Bryant, it goes much deeper.

In Philadelphia, arguably the toughest sports town on athletes in America, it’s hard enough for the city’s own athletes to get love from the hometown faithful and it’s even more difficult for an athlete from another city to find any love from fans here. It’s uncommon, but it happens in this city more then you would think.

On April 16th, 2003 one of the greatest athletes of all-time entered the First Union Center to play the last game of his career and was met with a standing ovation from the Philly fans in attendance. Michael Jordan who amassed six NBA Championships, five MVP awards, one defensive player of the year award, 14 All-Star appearances, and hundreds of other accomplishments was loved. He didn’t grow up in the Philadelphia area, he beat the Sixers on a regular basis, and he was the definition of a showboat but he was loved.

In his final game of his illustrious career Jordan lost to the Sixers 107-87, but it wasn’t the loss which Jordan will forever remember it was the way in which Philadelphia fans responded to the moment. “This is the final retirement…The Philly people did a great job. They gave me the biggest inspiration, in a sense.” Jordan said, “Obviously, they wanted to see me make a couple of baskets and then come off. That was very, very respectful, and I had a good time.”

Now switch to February 10th, 2002. The NBA-All star game was being held at the First Union Center and Philadelphia was home to the games brightest stars. Fans were thrilled at the opportunity to see the stars showcase their talent on the court, and the city was soaking in the scene. The West beat the East 135-120 and Kobe Bryant won the MVP of the game scoring 31 points to go with five assists and five rebounds. In the award ceremony following the game, Philadelphia fans showered Kobe Bryant in boo’s like they had done for many years before, and this time for the entire country to see. It was a statement. A statement that you’re not the beloved athlete that you think you are and a statement which showed that until you show a little class and respect, then you will never be beloved in this city.

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