Interview: Jordan McRae

Posted by: C. Smith
11/10/14 11:23 am EST

jordan-mcraeAUSAfter a very encouraging performance against the Derrick Rose-less Chicago Bulls on Friday night, the 76ers wrapped up another lost weekend by getting trounced in Toronto 120-88.  The score doesn’t even begin to tell the story as the Sixers were posterized and humiliated by one the best teams in the Eastern Conference all night.  Instead of rehashing that debacle up north through a Rapid Reacts recap and further depressing everyone, we decided to post something a little more positive.

If you have been surfing the old inter web for overseas basketball scores and highlights, then you probably know that 76ers’ 2014 draft day acquisition Jordan McRae is playing extremely well for the Melbourne Tigers of Australia’s National Basketball League.  In fact, McRae’s play (22.6 ppg.) has been so nice, I decided to give him a call to discuss life in Australia, his internet fame and what elements of his game he’s working on “Down Under”.

Q & A after the J…

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George Karl’s Harsh Words on the 76ers

Posted by: C. Smith
09/10/14 3:33 pm EST

george-karledited“What is happening in Philadelphia should not be called ‘tanking’; rather, it should be called ‘destruction.’  The Sixers are at least three to five years away from even being a respectful — respectful — NBA roster.  They are worse than they were at the end of last year.  Three of the five starters barely played last season.  I understand building around talent, but people have to understand that sometimes young players just don’t develop.  You put all your eggs in that basket, but if the kids don’t pan out, you’re sunk.”

Those are the words of former NBA coach and current ESPN basketball analyst/expert George Karl put out to the World Wide Web on Tuesday via the ongoing “Front Office” series in’s Insider section.

While I may not agree with everything the former NBA Coach of the Year had to say on the 7-6, the article did have me asking, “What if Karl is right?”

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Summer School: MCW

Posted by: Rich Iacuzio
08/12/14 11:04 am EST

carter-williams_chest_upThere is no denying that the relationships between NBA players on and off-the-court has changed over the last 15 years.  In this era of AAU basketball, powerhouse sports agents, mega sneaker contracts and social media, the majority of today’s NBA stars are well connected to each other and former players.  Thus, they have no problem texting an on-the-court rival for advice or working out with a division foe in the off-season or reaching out to a retired hoops legend in order to learn a new move.

Magic, Larry and Mike would never have dreamed of doing such things.

Again, times have changed and so today we are launching a new series here at that works off the above premise regarding current NBA players and applies it to the members of the 76ers roster.  Which current and/or former players should key members of the Sixers pursuit gym time with in order to develop and improve their game outside of Brett Brown’s watch?

Today, Rich Iacuzio offers his ideas for Michael Carter-Williams.

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Avoid the Mistakes Made By the Lake

Posted by: Josh Newman
04/02/14 9:43 am EST

anthonybennett76ers General Manager Sam Hinkie entered this season with a very specific plan on where he wanted to take the franchise and so far, he has done a phenomenal job.

He’ll never admit it, nor will the word ‘tanking’ ever come out of his mouth, but Hinkie wanted the 2013-14 Sixers to be bad.

Historically bad.

Which they are.

The plan was to bottom-out, stock up on draft picks and build from the ground up.  As the regular season moves inside its final 10 games and teams are jockeying for position, both in the playoffs and the Draft Lottery, the Sixers currently are in line for a ridiculous seven draft picks.

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GM74: Rapid (LouWilVille) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
04/01/14 9:43 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 95 FinalRecap | Box Score 103 Atlanta Hawks
Thaddeus Young, PF 36 MIN | 7-10 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 4 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 23 PTS | -11A hot start included Thad drilling 3 of his 4 3PAs in the 1st Q and 11 points total in the Q.  But it was his play in the 2nd Q that really stood out for me last night.  In that Q Thad blocked shots; had a couple steals; handed out several pretty dimes and drained a 3-ball.  Thad hit another big three to get the 7-6 within 92-89 in the 4th Q.

Henry Sims, C 27 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +11The stat sheet says Sims played a decent game last night, but I don’t have a single note jotted down for him.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 34 MIN | 7-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 9 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 16 PTS | +1Three things really impressed me about MCW’s near triple-double last night. (1) He took smart shots and that produced a 50% shooting night; (2) He didn’t get his first bucket until the 7 minute mark of the 2nd Q and still contributed nicely to the Sixers scoring effort; (3) MCW had only 3 TOs…MCW’s drive and kiss for two in the 3rd Q was beautiful.

James Anderson, SG 35 MIN | 8-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 19 PTS | -3JA had 6 points in the 2nd Q and 10 overall in the 1st half.  He drilled a big 3PA in the 3rd Q, but could not make one during clutch time when the Sixers desperately needed a big hoop.

Hollis Thompson, SG 25 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-1 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -4“The Keeper” played solid considering the few looks he got last night, but I need more from a starting SG.  Sorry.

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Fo’ with the Foes: Washington Wizards

Posted by: C. Smith
03/01/14 4:18 pm EST

iverson&mjThis 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 much improved Washington Wizards who are playoff bound in 2013-14.  But tonight’s not really about the 76ers and Wizards.

Nope, tonight is all about Allen Iverson.

Still, we have to show the game itself a little love, so after the jump I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into the Wizards team the Sixers face tonight from our man Abdullah Sharif at as Abdullah will answer Fo’ questions on the Heat from us here at Philadunkia.

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Notes, Links & Tweets

Posted by: C. Smith
01/13/14 11:30 am EST

JaneenMasiejczyk_SixersDanceTeamMemphis head coach Josh Pastnor has some deep Philly roots and ohhh yeah…his family may have video tape of Wilt’s 100-point game.

For…David Thorpe of ranks the rookies in the Association.  Hint: MCW does well in this ranking.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Australian draft lottery prospect Dante Exum has met with agents and may be headed to the NBA.

Speaking of the 2014 Draft, has the Sixers selecting Julius Randle in the 5th spot and a PG at #12.

A quick “76ers” search on pulls up hundreds of ticket ads and this ball signed by Barkley and Iverson.

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Posted by: C. Smith
08/07/13 10:50 am EST

76ersmantraLogoeditedMuch to our excitement, the 76ers schedule for 2013-14 schedule was released late yesterday.  And while the 76ers still do not have a head coach and there are still a number of decisions to be made about the Sixers roster, we took a stab at analyzing the upcoming 82-game slate.

Since most NBA rosters are not yet finalized, we had to make a lot of assumptions based on what the teams looked like last year and the pieces they have subtracted and/or added this off-season.  So we reserve the right to make some changes after the free agent season comes to a halt.  But I doubt we will be making any changes as the Sixers are going to be terrible during the  upcoming season of “Tankadelphia”.

With those assumptions in mind we believe “Winless for Wiggins” fans will be very pleased to learn that a brutal tip-off month to the 2013-14 season will be followed by a simply awful January and the Sixers could be well on their way to a great tank effort long before All-Star Weekend.

After the jump, is a breakdown of what is sure to be a very long season for us here in Philadunkia nation.

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Posted by: Steve Toll
07/23/13 10:14 am EST

Every summer NBA free agency is filled with good deals and bad deals.  Unfortunately, 76ers fans were witness to a catastrophe of epic proportions last summer (Bynum), that will be felt for years to come.

Shortly after being appointed the new General manager of the Sixers, Sam Hinkie chose a direction for this franchise nad laid out a plan for this off-season.  I vehemently disagree with how he is going about things.

In a later piece, I’ll delve into the topic of how difficult it is for very bad teams to turn into championship contenders.  Today, we’re going to take a leap of faith and assume that players gravitate towards the money in this world and for now I’ll look at this off-season after the Jrue trade, MCW’s selection and the moves that should have been made post-2013 Draft to make the 76ers relevant instead of a team that is 5 years from potentially becoming a winning basketball team.

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Posted by: C. Smith
07/22/13 10:40 am EST

…in a winning way?

I think it’s safe to assume that everyone in Philadunkia nation has screened the classic baseball movie “Major League” in which Rachel Phelps the owner of Cleveland Indians assembles a roster of has-beens and never-will-be’s in an effort to tank a MLB season and drive attendance so low that she can move the team out of Cleveland.

One problem: Crafty, veteran manager Lou Brown takes Rachel’s extreme tanking efforts and uses them to unite his team under an “us against the world” flag.  As a result several of the players post career seasons and in the film, the Indians miraculously make the playoffs.

What if something similar, but less Hollywood-ish,  happens with the 76ers next year?

What if Hinkie’s “Winless for Wiggins” plan backfires and the Sixers manage to win a decent number of games in 2013-14?

After the jump I’ll take a look at how this “Major League” scenario could play out here in Philadelphia.

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