Embiid Was the Right Choice

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
08/18/15 5:11 pm EST

embiiddraftespneditEven though Joel Embiid had a second “successful” surgery on his right foot today (still no official comment from the 76ers organization, just Embiid’s Instagram account) and his basketball future is extremely uncertain, I  maintain that Embiid was still the correct selection for the 76ers at the 2014 NBA Draft.

If the team had passed on some high-level perimeter production in the form of Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker, then that would not be the case.  However, as the highly-hyped 2014 Draft played out, only three players looked to have the making of a surefire superstar, and out those three, Embiid was touted by everyone he came across as a generational talent; a guy that could single-handedly transform a franchise.


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Time to Break the Silence

Posted by: C. Smith
08/13/15 9:43 am EST

samI sat on this post for 24 hours to wait and see if my anger / extreme disappointment with the 76ers franchise and their continued silence on the Joel Embiid surgery front would subside. Needless to say it has not, so it’s time for a rant.

On Tuesday fellow Philadunkia scribe Michael Kaskey-Blomain authored a well crafted post on the questions created by the delays in Joel Embiid’s foot surgery and the 76ers’ silence on said delays.  MKB’s post did a solid job of summing up my frustration with this on going drama.

Yesterday,  John Gonzalez of CSNphilly.com posted an article that provided some clarity (but nothing concrete) on the reasons for the delays in Embiid’s pending surgery.  The article cited “sources” as providing Gonzalez with inside details on why Embiid’s surgery has not happened yet.

Of course the 76ers still have yet to issue an official comment on Gonzaleez’s post, or the delay in general which by the way has now reached to 30 days.


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The Sounds of Silence

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
08/10/15 8:27 am EST

embiidslameditedWe are ten days into August and it has now been almost a month since the Sixers announced that Joel Embiid, their prized pick of the much hyped 2014 Draft would be having a second surgery on his injured right foot and would most likely be missing a second consecutive season as a result.

The news was a big blow to fans of the franchise eager to see him play, and of course to Embiid himself, who has been itching to play since he was selected by the Sixers last June.

At the time of the Hinkie’s official statement (released 7/11/15), the Sixers let it be known that they anticipated the surgery would take place within 7-10 days from the announcement.

Obviously that surgery has not happened.


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Two Significant Issues

Posted by: C. Smith
08/07/15 12:01 pm EST

76ersaltlogoWith NBA Summer League action is a distant memory and free agency movement all but over, we have now truly entered the Association’s off-season.  The 76ers had a disappointing run this summer on the court and General Manager Sam Hinkie was very quiet on the free agency front which means the with training camp just two months away, the 7-6 still have a host of issues staring the franchise in the face.

Today I will focus on two pressing issues that I believe will have the greatest impact on the 76ers at the start of the 2015-16 season.

Hint:  Both involve the 76ers’ backcourt.

 


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Embiid Surgery Delay Raises Questions

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
07/29/15 12:08 pm EST

Philadelphia 76ers V Boston CelticsThe Joel Embiid saga in Philadelphia continues to be an interesting one.

At this point in the process – a full 13 months since the 76ers selected Embiid with the 3rd overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft – no one seems quite sure what exactly is going on with the seven footer, and even less sure when we may actually see him out on the court.

Eighteen days ago, after several weeks of speculation and reports, the Sixers announced that Joel would be undergoing surgery on his troublesome right foot, likely within 7-10 days. He was by all accounts ruled out for the entirety of the 2015-16; his second straight full season on the shelf.  Obviously that timeline has passed, and there is still no news about a surgery.

In fact, the only pieces of recent Embiid news came from a report via The Daily News’ Bob Cooney; a video by TMZ Sports and Tweets from 76ers CEO Scott O’Neil.

 


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All-Time 76ers > All-Time Lakers & Bulls

Posted by: C. Smith
07/22/15 10:02 am EST

alltmeSixersLast Sunday, Shaq touched off a highly entertaining Instagram battle with Scottie Pippen when he wrote that the all-time Lakers squad (Shaq, Kobe Bryant, Elgin Baylor, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) would beat the best five in Bulls history (Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Horace Grant and Derrick Rose)—by 50 points.

This post is not going to chose a side in that Lakers vs. Bulls debate that has lasted all week (FYI:  After 50,000 simulations by PredictionMachine.com, the Lakers were declared the better team as they won 64% of the simulated games.).  Instead, this article will strongly suggest that an All-Time 76ers team comprised of  — Allen Iverson; Julius Erving; Moses Malone; Charles Barkley and Wilt Chamberlain — would defeat both the All-Time Lakers and the All-Time Bulls teams.

But probably not by 50 points.


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No Embiid; No Problem

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
07/16/15 1:45 pm EST

jahlil-okaforeditedJoel Embiid’s basketball future remains a question mark.

You hope that, at some point, the kid can contribute, but unfortunately at this point we don’t know when that may be. In the mean time, the Sixers further fortified their frontcourt by selecting Jahlil Okafor with the third overall pick in the 2015 Draft. Okafor, whose selection was viewed by many as Embiid insurance, is ready to hit the ground running, and will be the beneficiary of increased opportunity due to Embiid’s extended absence.

Okafor said that his role is not impacted by Embiid’s status.

“It doesn’t,” he replied flatly when asked how Embiid’s being sidelined affected his role heading into the season.

“My role is to dominate,” Okafor continued. “I’m one of the centerpieces of the team, so my role is the same.”


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Summer Sixers GM6: Another Loss

Posted by: C. Smith
07/15/15 10:41 am EST

summersixersscottieandjaheditedWith last night’s 84-81 overtime loss to the Knicks summer squad, the Summer Sixers fell to 0-3 in Las Vegas and 1-5 in the month of July.

The highly anticipated match-up between Jahlil Okafor and Kristaps Porzingis — the #3 and #4 picks in Draft15 — never developed last night as Okafor played solid (18 points on 8-18 shooting), but not spectacular ball and Porzingis was limited to just 9 points.  However, Florida product Scottie Wilbekin put on a show against the Summer Knicks that was something to witness.  His watery jumper produced a 26 point outburst that so far is the highlight of the month for the Summer Sixers.

After the jump, a few observations from last night.

 

 

 


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Summer Sixers GM3: U-G-L-Y

Posted by: C. Smith
07/10/15 10:01 am EST

jazzvsixerseditedJordan McRae scored 19 points, Furkan Aldemir was a beast on the glass, Jerami Grant posterized a defender and the Summer Sixers staged a gutsy comeback on Thursday night.  Still, what really stood out last night was just how sloppy and slow the summer squad played for a large majority of their 84-78 OT loss to the Summer Jazz.

The Summer Sixers turned the ball over 26 times, shot 23% from three, committed 31 fouls, played horrific transition defense and in general looked very tired.  In short, they were simply brutal for three quarters.  A miraculous 4th Q turn around allowed the Summer Sixers put on a 20-7 run and grab a 74-68 lead.  However, the Jazz refused to lose in front of the home crowd and outscored the Summer Sixers 18-4 over the final minutes of the game (regulation & OT) to post the win.

After the jump, a few observations from the final game of the Utah Jazz Summer League.


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Iverson: The Ultimate Competitor

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
07/09/15 10:43 am EST

iversonnmascoteditedThe back tab of the right Air Penny V displays a simple message:

‘The Storm is Over’

The epitaph is a nod to the fact that Penny’s career has passed, hence the storm being over. The shoe released in 2012, well after Hardaway’s retirement from the NBA, and served as an ode of sorts (It was clearly modeled after the Air Penny II – Penny’s most popular model).

The sentiment is nice, but realistically it probably would have been better-suited for Allen Iverson.  Iverson blew through the NBA like an unprecedented, unrelenting tornado, felt by everyone across the league’s landscape.  And, like some squalls of such magnitude, the storm that was Allen Iverson –the dominant NBA player –ended rather abruptly.

 


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