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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Summer Sixers GM2: R U Furkan Kidding Me?

Posted by: C. Smith
07/08/15 10:07 am EST

furkaneditedIn Game 1 of the Utah Jazz Summer League, rookie Jahlil Okafor scored 20 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, and a blocked a pair of shots, so it came as no surprise that all of Philadunkia nation was watching closely to see what Jahlil would do last night against the Celtics in Game 2 of Summer Sixers action.  Okafor played solidly last night (13 & 9), but it was Turkish legend Furkan Aldemir that pushed the Summer Sixers to a 76-62 victory over the C’s.

Aldemir, who showed limited abilities in 41 games with the 76ers in 2014-15, scored 11 points (all in the 4th Q and thanks to 3 of 5 shooting from deep), snagged 14 boards and blocked 3 shots.  In short, Aldemir was impressive and stole the show from Jahlil.

After the jump, observations from Game 2 of the Utah Jazz Summer League.


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411 on Summer League Invitees

Posted by: C. Smith
07/03/15 8:20 am EST

summer_league15editedWe all know after the NBA Finals conclude and the Draft is over, that the summer sports schedule is so thin that USWNT soccer games on Fox Sports are must see TV.  That’s especially true in summer 2015 because the Phillies have been so difficult to watch.

But it’s time to stop complaining as NBA summer league action tips off next Monday and there will be plenty of 76ers basketball to watch in teh coming weeks.

Beginning July 6th, the 76ers will have a team participating in the Utah Jazz Summer. Then it’s on to Las Vegas where for the first time, the 76ers will have a squad entered in the highly competitive NBA Summer League.  As a bonus, summer League action in Vegas tips off on July 11th with a contest against D’Angelo Russell and the Lakers.

After the jump we will examine the players the Sixers have invited to their summer league “mini-camps” as the franchise preps for 2015 summer league action.


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76ers SG: Now Who ya Got?

Posted by: Philadunkia
07/02/15 1:04 pm EST

stauskasWhen I woke up this morning and read the 76ers news on Twitter, I laughed…I smiled…and I cried a little (for Vlade Divac). In the over night hours, Hinkiepalooza struck again.  This time Sam fleeced the Kings of Nik Stauskas (fomer No. 8 overall pick in 2014 Draft); power forwards Carl Landry and Jason Thompson, a 2018 protected top-10 pick and the right to swap first-round picks in 2016 and 2017.

The Kings will receive the rights to two of  the Sixers’ 2015 second-round draft picks — Arturas Gudaitis (47th) and Luka Mitrovic (60th).

Obviously this a tremendous deal for the 76ers as they acquire a very good shooter and numerous  “assets” for the future.  Still, if you dig a little deeper and look at the trade’s impact on the 2015-16 season, the move does create a log-jam at shooting guard — Jordan McRae, Stauskas and Hollis Thompson (2015-16 is non-guaranteed) if you dare.

So, who ya got?


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Is McRae Headed for First Five?

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
06/30/15 11:28 am EST

mcraesevenseditedAs the 76ers head into July’s Summer Leagues, the team’s projected regular season roster remains filled with holes.  The recently-passed 2015 NBA Draft may have actually provided more questions than answers regarding the rebuild.

The organization’s selection of Jahlil Okafor with the third overall pick added to the team’s overall talent pool and frontcourt depth, but it did not address its overall lack of reliable perimeter play.  Okafor has monster potential, and was probably the right choice given the circumstances, as the team remains far from formed; he has a real chance to blossom into an All-Star in Philly.  But, while the team has now established considerable depth amongst its big men, there remains a dearth of guard play.

Early projections would likely have the team’s best long-distance threat, Robert Covington and the ever-improving Nerlens Noel slotted as the starting forwards, while newcomer Okafor holds down the center spot.  But what about the backcourt spots?

 


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