CHRISTMAS IN LAS VEGAS

Posted by: Philadunkia
07/15/09 12:28 pm EST

dionte_christmas(1)Since the 76ers only have 10 players under contract and they usually carry 14 players, Ed Stefanski admitted that he is in the market for “a guard, a swingman, and two bigs” .  Now we don’t know whether Stefanski classifies the 2-spot as a swingman or a guard, but we’ll assume that either way he realizes we need to find someone to compete with Jason Kapono and Willie Green for the starting shooting guard spot.

The pool of available veteran free agent shooting guards has dwindled to the point that names like Eddie House, Juan Dixon, Devean George and Quinton Richardson are the headliners.  Now we realize that both Von Wafer (HOU) and Ronald “Flip” Murray (ATL) are two more attractive names that are also out there, but our sources tell us they are unlikely to leave the teams the ran with last season, thus we removed them from the conversation. So it looks as though bringing in a veteran NBA 2-guard here to Philadelphia for next year is not going to happen.


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O FOR ORLANDO

Posted by: Philadunkia
07/10/09 11:43 pm EST

speightssummerleague2The Sixers/Nets dropped to 0-5 in the OPSL as the Boston Celtics picked up the victory, 92-79, behind strong play from Nick Fazekas.

There were significantly less people at Friday’s contest compared to the rest of the week; not only onlookers, but players too.

With only seven players dressed for the “Scrapple” (see yesterday’s recap in case you missed the name change) and eight available for the Celtics, all the players still here in Florida got plenty of playing time.


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JUST CONSIDER FOR A MOMENT…

Posted by: Philadunkia
07/10/09 12:34 pm EST

rip_hamiltonIn the wake of General manger Ed Stefanski’s rather transparent quotes regarding the status of contract negotiations with Andre Miller’s agent, it’s almost a lock that Andre Miller will NOT be in a Sixers uniform next year. In the short term, that will definitely hurt the Sixers as Miller is a hell of a floor general who frequently carried the Sixers offensively last season. However, what is the value of an extremely skilled point man who turns 33 years old next season and is also a defensive liability to a middle of the pack NBA franchise? Well that’s a subject that can be debated all day and should be left for another post.

What isn’t debatable is that with Miller’s apparent departure, the Sixers backcourt is now a scary mess. On paper right now Eddie Jordan’s backcourt rotation will include unproven combo-guard Louis Williams, rookie Jrue Holiday, specialist Jason Kapono and Willie Green who is labeled as a shooting guard, but that is also up for debate as well. If you listen to Stefanski, a TBD wily veteran will be added at a later date this summer (Anyone want to bet it’s Kevin Ollie?).  That backcourt scenario should give Jordan nightmares. We know it keeps us here at Philadunkia up at night. 


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“SCRAPPLE” NOW 0-4

Posted by: Philadunkia
07/09/09 6:05 pm EST

jholidaysummerleague2Once again, the Sixers/Nets fell into an early hole, and couldn’t climb out, as they fell behind the Thunder by as many as 16 in the first half before falling to an OPSL worst 0-4 with an 83-62 loss.

The Philadelphia/New Jersey team, or as the Magic broadcasters called them, “The Scrapple,” had 18 fouls in the first gaffe, including four on Jrue Holiday and three each on Terrence Williams, Jason Ellis and Marreese Speights to go along with 12 turnovers.

B. J. Mullens on the other hand had a great half, going 6-9 from the floor, adding 6 points in the second half to finish with 18.


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HOLY CHRISTMAS, PHI / NJ NOW 0-3

Posted by: Philadunkia
07/08/09 11:03 pm EST

speightssummerleague1Despite 18 points from former Temple star Dionte Christmas, the 76ers and Nets combination team fell to 0-3 Wednesday night at the Orlando Pro Summer League after losing to the host Orlando Magic 108-86. The 108 points the Magic put up is an OPSL scoring record.

 

When talking about the lopsided loss and the giving up the OPSL scoring record the 76ers Marreese Speights commented, “We’re getting good work in. All we can do is come out tomorrow and get a win.”  

 

A win sure would help to ease the painful memory of this embarrassing debacle.

 


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LONG WEEKEND LINK DUMP

Posted by: Philadunkia
07/07/09 10:50 am EST

jholidaysummerleagueWe’re recovering from a long weekend so it’s slow going here at the Philadunkia headquarters. So while we recover, we’re going to supply you with a nice link dump to catch you up on all the 76ers news that went down over the 4th of July holiday weekend.

But before we get to that, we wanted to let you know that starting today Philadunkia will be down in Orlando covering the 76ers / Nets squad in the Orlando Pro Summer League. Expect game recaps, interviews and a few features.


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