BYE, BYE DOUG

Posted by: Philadunkia
04/15/13 11:57 am EST

In addition to winning back-to-back games and further damaging the franchise’s 2013 NBA Draft Lottery position, the Sixers also stirred up a bunch of drama over the weekend.

First their were the reports based on “sources” that the 76ers ownership group was eager to have head coach Doug Collins simply walk away at the end of this season.  Of course those rumors / reports were later denied and discounted by other reports from “sources” within the Sixers organization.  Adam Aron stated that the Sixers wanted Collins back in 2013-14.  Collins himself refused to comment on any of the reports when pressed on the topic on Friday night in Washington, DC.

Then late last night, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports “broke” the worst kept secret in Philadelphia when he reported that Doug has informed Sixers ownership that he in fact intends to resign at the end of this season.  Yahoo is also noting that the Sixers ownership group and Doug’s lawyers are working on a buyout for the final year of DC’s contract.

So, DC  is out of here.  Which is something we said weeks ago would happen at the end of this season.

Our opinions on the decision after the jump.


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WEEKEND RECAP

Posted by: Jake Fischer
04/08/13 1:52 pm EST

When we last left the 76ers, this hopeless professional basketball club had just suffered a humiliating loss to the Charlotte Bobcats that broke the team’s three game winning streak, but also helped improve their lottery odds. 

So with ping pong balls in the minds and hearts of Philadunkia nation — except Doug Collins, who persists on playing for pride and an improbable playoff berth — the Sixers headed off to Atlanta and then Miami.

Fortunately, for all parties involved, the 76ers were eliminated from the 2013 NBA playoffs this weekend and officially transitioned into offseason mode.  But, that’s not the only thing that happened during Final Four weekend.

After the Jump a Philadunkia Weekend Recap…


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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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GM 67: (REALITY CHECK) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
03/21/13 11:36 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 72 FinalRecap | Box Score 101 Los Angeles Clippers
Thaddeus Young, SF 25 MIN | 5-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | -8

Outside of Hawes, Thad was out there by himself last night.

Evan Turner, SF 27 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -9

Last night was an improvement over what we have seen fro “The Enigma” of late, but still not acceptable for what he needs to deliver for this team each night.

Spencer Hawes, C 32 MIN | 5-13 FG | 5-6 FT | 7 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 4 BLK | 4 TO | 16 PTS | -13

I don’t like that he threw up three 3PAs, but outside of that a decent night by Hawes.  It’s as if Hawes is playing for a new contract, so he has reached down deep and found a new dedication to the game.

Jrue Holiday, PG 33 MIN | 1-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 2 PTS | -8

I’m simply stunned here…

Damien Wilkins, SG 17 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -14

Given Damien’s recent stretch of over-his-head play, I was hoping for more, but like the rest of this team, Wilkins had nothing last night.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 15 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -18

On the good side, he out rebounded Lavoy in nine less minutes and grabbed 2 less rebounds then Hawes in half the tick.  On the down side, he was 0-3 shooting and that’s not how you earn more tick with DC.

Dorell Wright, SF 23 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -19

While there is nothing terrible about the night Wright had in LA, I was expecting his recent scoring outburst to continue.  I actually thought he was a little gun shy last night.  Ohh and his defense was a lil’ suspect.

Lavoy Allen, C 24 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -23

I’m not sure what is more depressing — the fact that Lavoy didn’t score a bucket or get to the FT line or the fact that he only grabbed 4 boards in 24 mins.

Charles Jenkins, PG 11 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -6

I gave him the A because he took advantage of the limited minutes he was given.

Jeremy Pargo, PG 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -11

What would you like me to say here?

Royal Ivey, PG 19 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -12

I know Ivey has been a legit threat from 3-point land this year, but last night it was clear that he did not have his stroke.  Instead of getting an short jumper, easy lay-in or trip to the FT line to kick start his jumper, he kept firing away from deep.

Nick Young, SG 9 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -8

Swaggy did something to get in the Do(u)ghouse, but DC gave him a few garbage ticks in front of the hometown crowd and Young went out there and fired away.

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

I hope he had fun on the town with Swaggy on Tuesday night.

Doug Collins

I’m not sure how much of the blame does DC deserve here, but too many times this year the Sixers have simply crapped the bed and that’s what they did in the 2nd and 3rd Qs of this one.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
03/20/13 10:43 am EST

We tried to make this a Bynum free post, but Rob Mahoney at The Point Forward looks at the long range predicament Bynum’s knees have put the Sixers in and it’s a solid piece.  So we had to pass it on to our readers.  As we all know, the Sixers have a tough, possibly franchise defining decision coming up.

Brian at depressedfan.com has an interesting preview of tonight’s game vs. LAC and wonders if the Sixers might actually beat the road weary Clips.

Spike Eskin at cbslocal.com has a story about a guy with a Wilt tattoo on his leg.

Over at Yahoo Sports the Sixers recent winning ways have pushed them up to #20 on the NBA Power rankings.

nbadraft.net’s 2013 mock draft board has the Sixers picking 11th and selecting a kid out of the Big10.  We can only hope!! 

A quick “76ers” search on craigslist.com produces this signed item from a former Sixer center and current insurance pitchman.


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GM 62: (BURNT) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
03/10/13 9:49 pm EST
Philadelphia 76ers 91 FinalRecap | Box Score 99 Orlando Magic
Thaddeus Young, SF 41 MIN | 13-17 FG | 0-0 FT | 12 REB | 2 AST | 5 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 26 PTS | -10

He may be from Memphis, but man does Thad love Florida.  After hanging 25 on the Heat, Young recorded his 16th double-double of the season against ORL.  He was huge in the 3rd Q with 8 points. However it was the stretch in the 4th Q where he scored 4 straight pts. and then grabbed a steal that blew my mind.  I didn’t love the 20-footer he hoisted up with 1:37 left in the game, but that’s being very picky.

Evan Turner, SF 28 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | +7

Turner’s run of awful play continues and thus he found himself on the bench during the clutch minutes of the 4th Q.

Spencer Hawes, C 32 MIN | 6-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | +4

I had a hard time grading Hawes tonight.  He had a solid offensive game, but he still goes to the tin too softly for my tastes.  The play in the 3rd Q where he had a bunny blocked and then fell to the floor like someone shot him was an example of what I am talking about.  Also he got simply worked over by Vucevic on both ends.

Jrue Holiday, PG 39 MIN | 4-16 FG | 0-2 FT | 5 REB | 8 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -6

I’m running out of patience with Jrue’s recent struggles.  He’s relying on the jumper too much.  To get out of this funk he has to get to rim for some easy hoops or trips to the FT line.  He really pressed in the 3rd Q tonight and it was not pretty.  I did love the dime he hit Thad with in the 4th Q that gave the Sixers the lead.  His steal and hoop to tie the score at 85 was also nice, but that’s about it.

Damien Wilkins, SG 37 MIN | 6-12 FG | 3-3 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 4 TO | 16 PTS | -5

I said after the Heat game that Wilkins getting the start was coming.  To his credit, he delivered with another great effort. I really like that he gets to the rim on the break and in the half-court.  Wilkins had great energy in the 3rd Q and scored 7 pts. in that Q.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 11 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -1

Why does Collins insist on playing with this kid’s minutes?!?  Play him 25 a night and let Moultrie develop.

Dorell Wright, SF 15 MIN | 4-9 FG | 1-3 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -2

Isn’t this guys supposed to be a 3-point specialist?  Plus he missed 2 FTs.

Lavoy Allen, C 12 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -11

A brief escape from the Do(u)ghouse did not go all that well for Lavoy.

Charles Jenkins, PG 13 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -5

Jenkins lost his the starting job he held for one night, but didn’t sulk.  His jumper in the 3rd Q was huge at the time, but in the end it turned out to be just an insignificant note in the box score.

Royal Ivey, PG 13 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -11

Moving on…

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

I hope Kwame enjoyed spring break down in Florida.

Jeremy Pargo, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

It’s killing me that Collins is not playing Pargo.

Doug Collins

I understand that Wilkins earned the right to start tonight, but that doesn’t help the future of this team. Neither does playing Moultrie only 15 minutes and slapping Pargo with a DNP-CD.  Sooner or later it’s going to sink in with Collins that he needs to play the young guys — right???  I did like that he benched Turner in the 4th Q.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw…


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BYNUM…DONE…WHAT A SHOCK

Posted by: Jake Fischer
03/01/13 2:53 pm EST

After sustaining serious mental and emotional damages from a carnivorous herd of media members at the Sixers PCOM practice facility, the 2012-2013 version of Andrew Bynum, along with his knees, is now for done for the season, the ailing center announced Friday.

“It’s getting really late [in the season],” the 7-1 nearly 300-pound center told reporters in regards to appearing on the court.  “I don’t know if I will play.”

As many have speculated for months, Andrew Bynum will most likely never play for the Sixers this season, as his deteriorating knees have now apparently cost him the 2012-13 just as they have done to the 76ers.  Bynum, who had practiced with the team for the first time just seven days prior to this horrific announcement, reported that his knees experienced swelling following that practice.  However, they most likely did not swell as large as many 76ers fans’ hearts did Friday afternoon, considering that for Bynum, it’s still all about the money.

“Being healthy is more important than everything else,” Bynum also said at PCOM.  “If I am healthy, I’ll get a deal.  I have to be able to play and I need to get to the point where I’m healthy to play.”

 
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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
02/28/13 12:07 pm EST

A great “open letter” style email piece to Sixers ownership from Jason Wolf at delawareonline.com.  A MUST READ.

John Finger at csnphilly.com thinks the Sixers organization need to “flip the script” and looks at the Sixers horrible tendency to shoot from “the yard”.  Something we have been complaining about all year. 

Video commentary by Stephen A. Smith  & Skip Bayless on DC’s meltdown.

From Yahoo Sports, a preview of tonight’s Sixers at Bulls game which is on national TV.  The Sixers could get really smoked tonight in Chicago and further continue their slide to the 2013 Lottery.  Although the Bulls are 4-8 in their last 12 games.  

A quick “76ers” search on craigslist.com finds a guy with 100 Mo Speights youth jerseys to sell.  NO LIE!

With the 2012-13 season firmly in the crapper, it’s time to look at he 2013 NBA Draft.  At nbadraft.net they are projecting that the 76ers will select 11th and take Willie Cauley-Stein from Kentucky.


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CHANGES NEEDED NOW

Posted by: Jake Fischer
02/27/13 1:21 pm EST

Tuesday night, the 76ers sank to a new low in the mess that is the 2012-2013 season. Following a 14-point loss to the now 16-41 Orlando Magic, a team they had previously demolished by 17 points, the Sixers are now 22-33 overall.

What’s worst of all, is that because of tiebreakers, Doug Collins and company are now in last place in the Atlantic Division.  Through this six-game losing streak it has become crytsal clear that this team needs a change in order to inject some energy into this squad and revitalize what has spiraled into a simply lifeless team.

Following the gruesome loss down at the Wells Fargo Center, Collins made headlines with his blatantly critical comments about the lack of effort and energy from his players.

“We made a huge deal and we have nobody playing a part of that deal.  How many teams can give up Andre Iguodala, Moe Harkless and Nikola Vucevic and have nothing in return playing?  That’s tough to overcome,” Collins told reporters after the game.  “That’s just the facts.  I’m not looking for any outs.  That’s a fact. Nik Vucevic had 19 rebounds tonight. Spencer had one, I think Lavoy had two… I did not think our guys prepared themselves during the break to come back to play.”

The problem with Collins’ comments is that he was largely responsible, along with the front office, for making the off-season moves that gave him his current roster.


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