LEARNING FROM HISTORY

Posted by: Jake Fischer
04/26/13 9:54 am EST

Growing up in the late 90s and early 00s, I developed an affinity for the Cartoon Network program, Ed, Edd n Eddy. The animated show featured three boys who wrecked havoc on their parents and really just lived their daily lives in their cul-de-sac kooky pandemonium.

Thus, when the 76ers, who were then led by Chairman Ed Snider and General Manager Ed Stefanski, fired former head coach Eddie Jordan, I wrote a crafty blog post that constructed a conspiracy on how Ed Stefanski and Eddie Jordan in 2010 (who had been friends from their days with the New Jersey Nets) worked to derail this dilapidated organization.

Now, looking back on my adolescence, and knowing what I now know about the NBA, I realize that the only legitimate conspiracies in the League only involve officiating and injuries.  However, I still truthfully believe that the Ed, Ed and Eddie era of the Sixers set back this organization to where they are now.


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THE NIGHTMARE IS OVER

Posted by: Jake Fischer
04/18/13 2:09 pm EST

All good things must come to an end.

But, unfortunately for the 76ers organization and its fans, their immaculate 2012-2013 season came to an end before it ever began.

In August, the Sixers introduced their addition of Andrew Bynum — and, oh yeah, Jason Richardson — at the Constitution Center in front of a raucous crowd.  But, before Bynum could even get through hinting at signing a 5-year max extension, he stopped in his tracks.

Then, as all of Philadunkia was imagining Bynum backing down the likes of Roy Hibbert, Joakim Noah and Tyson Chandler before turning them into a poster, the team announced that Bynum would be undergoing surgery on his knees and going to Germany.

We all know he would go on to never suit up in a Sixers uniform outside of a photo shoot.  We all know he participated in less practices than his jersey number, 33.  We all remember his parade of ridiculous hairdos and his romantic long walks on a freakishly expensive anti-gravity treadmill.  His season, and maybe his career in Philly, was over before it even had a chance to commence.


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GM 81: (L — YEAH) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
04/16/13 8:56 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 101 FinalRecap | Box Score 109 Detroit Pistons
Thaddeus Young, SF 23 MIN | 5-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +1

Only DC limiting his minutes can keep Thad down.

Evan Turner, SF 29 MIN | 5-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 13 PTS | -8

“The Enigma” received only 29 minutes last night, but he still managed to fire off 13 FGAs and hit only 5 of them.  He was 2-6 shooting across the 3rd & 4th Q’s.

Spencer Hawes, C 31 MIN | 6-13 FG | 1-1 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | -8

Thanks to a quick start — 9 points in the 1st Q — it looked like Spence was on his way to another double-double, but he came up 1 rebound short.

Jrue Holiday, PG 28 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 14 PTS | -7

After he put up 4 points in the 1st Q and 8 in the 1st half overall, I thought Jrue was going to have a big night.  It didn’t happen.  Jrue was 0-fer from 3-point land and committed 5 turnovers.  Neither of those stats are ideal from your starting PG.

Damien Wilkins, SG 32 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-2 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +2

Wilkins surprising production has fallen off of late. But really, how long did you expect it to last?

Arnett Moultrie, PF 25 MIN | 4-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | -14

Well done kid…And just an FYI for DC, 25 minutes still isn’t enough.

Dorell Wright, SF 33 MIN | 5-12 FG | 8-9 FT | 8 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 22 PTS | -4

Wright put up 10 points in the 2nd Q and a 9 point 4th Q topped off a solid night in the Motor City for #4.  So, I have to ask, “Where was this type of production all year?”

Lavoy Allen, C 13 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | 0

Ugghhh…

Justin Holiday, SG 28 MIN | 3-9 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | -2

A career highs in minutes (28), field goal attempts (9) and points (11) doesn’t impress me.  Can we please find a reserve guard of true NBA caliber for 2013-14?

Kwame Brown, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

I am so happy that the last two stops on Kwame-palooza for this year are Detroit and Indy.  If it was Miami and Orlando, I would be furious.

Doug Collins

He gets the A+ becasue this was the next to last time I have to watch his ultra conservative offensive sets run by the Sixers.

After the jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…


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IS the WIZ’S FUTURE BRIGHTER??

Posted by: Steve Toll
04/12/13 5:22 pm EST

Heading into tonight’s game, the 76ers face a Washington Wizards team that has a similar record and future outlook going forward, if you are only looking at things on the surface.  

As you peek down the rabbit hole, that judgement seems wrong.  It also depends on how you are looking at things as well as your opinion on what you want out of a bright future.  

Since it seems obvious that the 76ers aren’t going to tank in 2013-14 for Wiggins, there is no doubt that Washington is right now in a better place than the 76ers.


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GM 77: (BK TANK) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
04/10/13 9:15 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 83 FinalRecap | Box Score 104 Brooklyn Nets
Thaddeus Young, SF 25 MIN | 1-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -12

The Nets frontline is just too big and too strong for #21 and a poor shooting night only made things worse.

Evan Turner, SF 28 MIN | 3-10 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | -20

The Enigma did not shoot the ball well, but I thought he was one of the few Sixers who came to compete last night.  Turner got the FT line, he threw two nice alley-oops and played decently overall.

Spencer Hawes, C 23 MIN | 3-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 7 PTS | -25

Reality had to catch up to Spencer at some point.

Jrue Holiday, PG 28 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -31

Jrue made his first three shots — all three-pointers in the first quarter (3-5 overall from deep in Q), so I thought he was going to get back on track last night. But he shot just 2 for 7 after that for 15 points. Holiday also posted a season-low one assist.  Jrue scored 4 straight to start the 3rd Q, so 13 of his 15 points came in two bursts.

Damien Wilkins, SG 22 MIN | 1-5 FG | 3-4 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -22

Even DC’s favorite veteran presence took the night off in Brooklyn.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 24 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +2

Moultrie should play 25 minutes a night for the remainder of this pathetic season.

Dorell Wright, SF 19 MIN | 3-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -8

7 of his nine points came in the 2nd Q.  Thanks for showing up for at least 1/4 of the game.

Lavoy Allen, C 25 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -7

Any chance that Reggie Evans could take Lavoy under his wing and teach him to play with heart?

Charles Jenkins, PG 10 MIN | 1-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +5

Is this experiment over yet?  1-4 in garbage time.

Justin Holiday, SG 16 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +3

I’ll admit that his defense is better than I had anticipated, but that’s all I am willing to comment on here.

Nick Young, SG 21 MIN | 7-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 18 PTS | +10

Swaggy shines in these garbage time games.  Every Time he touched the rock, you knew the ball was going up.  Swaggy is predictable like that.  Only four of his 18 points came with the Sixers trailing by 11 or less points.

Kwame Brown, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

I swear I saw Kwame asking for Jay Z’s autograph.

Doug Collins

Everyone knew the plan for the Nets was to pound the ball inside and DC had no counter move.  Not even DC can keep this team from tanking it now and that should lead to some fun post game comments.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…


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YOUNG’S CALLING

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
04/06/13 8:23 am EST

On Monday night, Sixers forward Thaddeus Young held a black tie fundraiser for his charity, The Young for Youth Foundation, at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse in Center City Philadelphia.

While a lot of athlete’s tend to use their free time to gamble or party, Young enjoys seeking ways in which he can help the at risk youth in the area’s in which he’s made a name for himself. Started in May of 2011, Young for Youth has continued to expand from Memphis, Philadelphia and New Orleans to now having programs which reach across the globe.

“You hear about a lot of players that have foundations around the league, but I feel like I’m one of the few players who gets involved with everything that goes on,” said Young in front of a crowd that had gathered at the event. “I know everything from top to bottom that we’re working on from week to week. We’re constantly texting, emailing, calling and we’ll even have sit down meetings every now and then.”


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WEEKEND WRAP UP

Posted by: Jake Fischer
04/01/13 8:58 pm EST

With multiple prime-time NBA match-ups, the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 rounds of the NCAA Tournament as well as the Easter Holiday (and family visiting) going on this past weekend our beloved 76ers were relegated to DVR status.

But now that we have had time to “watch the tape”, we have some thoughts on what went right for the 76ers this past weekend (winning back-to-back games) and what went wrong for Collins & Co. (winning back-to-back games).

So, on the opening night of the Phillies 2013 season, let’s recap all that went down with the 76ers who extended their win streak to three games this weekend.

 
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THE ANDREW BYNUM CONSPIRACY

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
03/28/13 5:53 pm EST

Take a minute and think about these questions for a second:

Did the Philadelphia 76ers ownership just pull off the greatest tanking scheme in NBA history? Will their current horrible reputation be wiped away into them being regarded in the highest light for the Andrew Bynum blockbuster trade?

If I were to tell you that they’ve been pulling the media and fans’ legs all along for the good of the organization, would you believe me?

Putting your emotions aside (and believe me I’m right there with you) the answer to all three of these questions could conceivably be yes. The story of marketing ploys and genius cover ups begins after the jump…


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THE RESURGENCE of WILKINS

Posted by: Steve Toll
03/28/13 1:40 pm EST

The 76ers are 5-4 in their last 9 games and if they hadn’t simply given away a game in Denver last Thursday that record would be even more impressive.  Collins & Co. have won 6 games overall in March – their highest monthly win total since December.  There are a couple of reasons for the improved play of the Sixers over the past month, but none have been a big factor than Damien Wilkins.

The 33-year old Wilkins has had a resurgence that is reminiscent of the Jason Richardson we saw in the first month of the year.  Damien’s play of late is both unexpected and more so untimely.  Whether it is a case of veteran savvy coupled with intense mental fortitude or variance, DW has been managed to produce at a level far above even he likely thought possible — 18 points; 5 boards and 4 dimes last night.

 
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GM 71: (BUCK HUNTER) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
03/27/13 10:34 pm EST
Milwaukee Bucks 92 FinalRecap | Box Score 100 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 37 MIN | 7-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +1

Thad started this game by going 6 of 7 from the floor in the 1st Q and triggered the Sixers great play in the 1st half, but then he sort of disappeared.

Evan Turner, SF 38 MIN | 6-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | +22

This is all I am asking for from “The Enigma” on a nightly basis.  Except for one brief stretch in the 4th Q, ET played under control and contributed nicely to the team.  When he learns to play like this every night and stops complaining to the refs, I’ll be very happy.

Spencer Hawes, C 35 MIN | 7-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 17 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | +3

A career high 17 rebounds was the highlight of Spence’s 9th double-doubles in the month of March. Hawes a great second effort in the 2nd Q fro a tip-in.  The 3PA he drilled in early 4th was key and he had 2 huge ORebs in the late 4th Q that kept the ball out of MIL hands.  I also loved the dime he threw to Thad on a back-door cut in the 3rd Q.

Jrue Holiday, PG 37 MIN | 6-17 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 18 PTS | -2

18 points on 17 FGAs isn’t the most efficient scoring night.  Jrue committed 6 TOs in the game as well.  Still, he had a clutch 3-pointer in the 3rd Q where he racked up 10 points and kept the Sixers in this game when the Bucks were on fire.  However he didn’t score a point in the 4th Q (0-3).

Damien Wilkins, SG 26 MIN | 7-15 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | -4

“Employee #8″ (We can borrow that from Antoine Walker, right?) got off to a slow start shooting the ball (2-7 in 1st Q) but recovered to post another stellar performance.  The alley-oop he caught in the 2nd Q capped off a nice run of 5 straight points by Wilkins.  The steal and slam by him in the late 4th was the dagger in this one and scored Big Macs for everyone at the WFC. His D was solid as well.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 6 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +4

6 ticks; 4 points and 3 boards…That’s an A+ in my book.  Too bad it won’t lead to more minutes for Arnett.

Dorell Wright, SF 28 MIN | 5-13 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +3

I wasn’t thrilled with some of the ill-advised shots he chucked up tonight (the 2 in the 3rd Q come immediately to mind), but Wright was a big key to the Sixers W tonight.  #4 scored five points in the 2nd Q and the stretch where he scored 8 straight in the 4th Q took the Sixers from a deficit to up 3 and triggered a 15-0 run by the 7-6 that put them up for good in this one.

Lavoy Allen, C 16 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | +9

Mehhh…

Royal Ivey, PG 16 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +4

Moving on…

Kwame Brown, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

During training camp did you think that Kwame would only play in only 22 games this year and that would be 22 more times than Bynum would suit up for the Sixers in 2012-13?

Doug Collins

I love that DC’s squad got out to an lightening fast start in this one.  However, whatever he is saying at half needs to cease as the Sixers had another terrible 3rd Q.  Still he was able to keep the team focused and that led to a big 4th Q push that grabbed the Sixers the lead and eventually the game. How tense was Collins in the post game presser?  The fact that he still believes the Sixers are not out of the playoffs yet is a joke.  DC is this close to snapping — big time.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw…


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