GM 1: DISTURBING DEJA VU

Posted by: Philadunkia
10/29/09 10:17 am EST

magicThe best news about last night’s season opener in Orlando is that thanks to the Phillies and Game 1 of the World Series, few people actually witnessed the debacle put on by the 76ers.

We easily could have reposted our recap from Game 6 vs. Orlando in the 2009 Playoffs under a new title and our thoughts from that disaster would also apply to last night’s effort by the Sixers.  That fact is amazing to us considering the 2009-10 Sixers obviously have a new head coach, a new offensive system, two new starters, a new sixth man and new uniforms.  Yet they looked almost identical to the team Orlando dismissed from the playoffs last April.  Put bluntly, last night’s opener was difficult to watch at times.

Now we realize that this was just the first game of the year and that Orlando is a very, very good team (possibly Top 5 in the League) so we’ll try not to slam the Sixers too hard.  In fact the best thing for everyone involved in Philadelphia could be to forget this game ever happened, move on and focus on Friday’s home opener.

With those thoughts in mind, we’ll just provide you with a few quick notes on the season opener and put this one behind us.


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PHILADUNKIA’S 2009-10 76ers Previews

Posted by: Philadunkia
10/27/09 12:21 pm EST

76ers Basketball

We continue our three day preview of the 2009-10 Philadelphia 76ers team with a look at the thoughts and opinions of the Philadunkia writers as to what the upcoming season holds for the Sixers.  Our scribes were given no instructions or rules for their individual preview pieces.  We just provided them with a blank template and asked them to rant, rave of perhaps even praise this year’s edition of the home team so that Philadunkia visitors could read the pieces and then agree of disagree with their analysis. 

We think you’ll be surprised at what some of our writers had to say about your 2009-10 Philadelphia 76ers.  

 

A CLOSER LOOK AT THE NEW UNIS

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
09/24/09 3:19 pm EST

newunisthadnebThe Philadelphia 76ers unveiled their “new” uniforms yesterday at the Wachovia Center in front of a small crowd of die hard Sixer fans who are hoping that the physical look of the team isn’t the only thing to change this season. 

The uniforms, a red base jersey with white stitched lettering teamed with red shorts trimmed in blue at the bottom and emblazoned with the 76ers new logo on the left leg for home games; and a white jersey with blue stitched lettering accompanied by white shorts trimmed in blue at the bottom and emblazoned with the 76ers new logo on the left leg for away, sported by Thaddeus Young and Elton Brand respectively, were introduced along with the hope of an improved season by GM Ed Stefanski. 


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LISTEN IN : LOU SAYS “WE’RE GOING TO BE FINE”

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
07/30/09 10:07 am EST

lwilliamsheadphonesSunday, July 26th, 2009 marked the Charlie Mack 12th Annual Celebrity Basketball Game at Temple University’s Liacouras Center as current and former NBA players took some time out of their busy summers to hit the hardwood for a good cause. Philadelphia over the past few years has developed a reputation as “Killadelphia” due to the ongoing murders and violent acts that have hit the inner city neighborhoods.

Current NBA players Hakim Warrick, Kyle Lowry, Lou Williams, Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Mardy Collins, and Rasual Butler hit the court at the event to raise awareness of and show their concern for the ongoing violence in the “City of Brotherly Love”.


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THE DRAFT IS DIFFICULT FOR SIXERS FANS TOO

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
06/25/09 4:22 pm EST

jenningsAs though it is not difficult enough to be a Sixers fan lately, there is an extremely frustrating area that goes largely unnoticed; the NBA Draft.  The Sixers perennial mediocrity and yearly first-round playoff exits leave them with a disappointing end of season, and even worse, no high draft picks. 

The Sixers always seem to be making their first selection in the mid-teens, a few picks after all the potential lottery players have been snatched up, leaving the fans with little to get excited about pre, or post draft.  Sure, they’ve had some decent selections, and much of their current team was built through the draft, but as a fan it is very difficult to get excited about a late first rounder who seems destined to be a perennial role player. 


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POINT GUARD PANDEMONIUM

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
06/25/09 10:15 am EST

miller05-04With the NBA draft only a few hours away, experts all over the country have been making predictions as to where this year’s crop of players will end up.

 

For the Sixers the point guard position is one of the biggest questions on the roster and there has been a constant buzz over the possibility of drafting a prospect to play that spot for the home team. 6’3” combo guard out of VCU Eric Maynor or 5’10” UNC point man Ty Lawson appear to be the lead candidates to hear their name called at #17. The buzz of drafting a new point guard has been accompanied by rumors that the Sixers will pull off a sign and trade with Andre Miller, shipping star point guard to another team in exchange for a similar veteran point guard. Of course the reality is that the Sixers may not have a chance to sign and trade Miller if he goes with another team or if the Sixers just let Miller walk and simply sign someone to take his place.

 


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CAN A GUY NAMED CHASE SAVE THE 76ERS TOO?

Posted by: Philadunkia
06/18/09 11:47 am EST

chase1As we mentioned in our “Expert’s Predictions” post, in addition to VCU’s Eric Maynor a popular “expert”  prediction for the 76ers to select with the #17 pick in the 2009 NBA Draft is former Arizona small forward / shooting guard Chase Budinger. The 6-7 wing player owns a 40-inch vertical and is a hell of an athlete (He also played volleyball at Zona). Budinger is also widely considered one of the best shooters in this year’s Draft.

Draftexpress.com had this to say about Budinger…


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EXIT #16W of the NJTPK FOR DRAFT PROSPECTS

Posted by: Philadunkia
06/12/09 8:16 am EST

76ers Jordan BasketballThe weekend the New Jersey Nets are hosting a three day, 30+ player pre-draft workout at their practice facility in East Rutherford, NJ. The workouts up the New Jersey Turnpike will be “multi-team workouts” as they are called in NBA circles. This means that player personnel staffs from several NBA teams will be in attendance. 

Sources have told Philadunkia that Ed Stefanski and the 76ers front office will in East Rutherford this weekend to observe the workouts. There will be a total of six sessions, two each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The schedule and the list of players participating after the jump:


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STEFANSKI HITS FROM DOWNTOWN

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
06/10/09 6:54 am EST

kaponoisoStefanski, Stefanski he’s our man if he can’t do it then no one can.

 

Since Ed Stefanski took over as GM of the Sixers, it seems as if the Sixers are inching closer and closer to greatness. Yesterday, Stefanski once again made a brilliant move.

 

Stefanski shipped fan favorite Reggie Evans to the Raptors for Jason Kapono, one of the most prolific three point shooters in the game. Just how prolific you ask? How about having a career three point shooting percentage of 45.4 percent, or hitting 98 three’s last season while only playing 23 minutes per game. You can even look back to just three seasons ago when Kapono was with the Miami Heat which was statistically his best year. That season Kapono shot 51.4 percent from three while netting 108 from long range. The guy can flat out shoot which is something the Sixers haven’t seen since the departure of Kyle Korver.

 


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SCHOOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
05/11/09 7:32 am EST

iveyFor most colleges and universities around the United States students are either finished, or finishing up their semesters and waiting for their final grades to be given out. In the NBA only eight teams remain in the running for an NBA Championship, which means that there are 22 teams that are currently out of commission. Obviously, the Sixers are one of the 22 teams out of action after their series loss to Orlando last week and here at Philadunkia we have decided to hand out grades to the players on the team based on their regular season/post season production this year, as well as a few other factors.

 

Some players performed like Sean Penn in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”, while others performed like Matt Damon in “Good Will Hunting”. There was a strict syllabus of expectation for players on the Sixers when the season started, and in order to get an A you had to play above and beyond your capabilities in nearly every category. The grades are in for Royal Ivey as he starts off this series.
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