It Can’t Be the Shoes

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
03/05/14 1:37 pm EST

TonyWroten76ersThe Sixers haven’t played the most competitive basketball over the past two seasons (That’s especially true in 2013-14), but they have remained relevant in the shoe game. The team has had a couple of the League’s most notorious sneakerheads in today’s NBA on their recent rosters.  From Nick Young last year to Tony Wroten this season, the Sixers have come strong in the shoe department.

Wroten has a deep kick collection, and pulls out new heat almost every game.  The combo-guard is in only his first season with the Sixers, and his long-term future with the franchise is uncertain, but that hasn’t stopped him from shooting the rock at an alarming rate and repping the franchise with his footwear.


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Allen Iverson Celebratory Link Dump

Posted by: Philadunkia
03/02/14 11:13 am EST

iversondreanteamedited“I love y’all, and now it’s time to party.” – Allen Iverson

We thought the Iverson jersey retirement ceremony was very well done and Mike Sielski of philly.com agrees with us.

Ben Golliver of SI.com’s The Point Forward blog has a great post (with photos) of last night’s events.

Yahoo Sports has a video tribute of Iverson’s Top 10 plays as a Sixer.  The Tyrone Lue step over play comes in at #4.  C’mon…


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IVERSON OFFICIALLY RETIRES

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
10/30/13 6:16 pm EST

103013_Iverson-retires_600In front of a crowd of reporters at the Wells Fargo Center today, Allen Iverson finally closed the book on his basketball career. It was a decision which had taken Iverson three years of contemplation, before he finally decided what he believes is the best route for him and his family at this stage of his life.

Iverson statistically is one of the most decorated Sixers players of all time and — like LeBron James stated earlier this week — is likely the best pound-for-pound basketball player to ever play the game.

He was the 2001 NBA MVP and an 11-time All-Star. He won four NBA scoring titles, three steals titles, was a part of three NBA First Team’s and Second Team’s and won the 1997 NBA Rookie of the Year Award.

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Fo’ with the Foes: Miami Heat

Posted by: C. Smith
10/30/13 2:52 pm EST

miamiheatdancersThis 2013-14 opening day edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” – Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series which with the help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews key upcoming 76ers games – features tonight’s opponent, the Miami Heat who are the two time defending NBA Champions.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into the Heat team the Sixers face tonight from our man Wes Goldberg at AllUCanHeat.com as Wes will answer Fo’ questions on the Heat from us here at Philadunkia.


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True Hero: Allen Iverson

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
10/30/13 12:11 pm EST

iversonstepoverlueThe definition of a hero is generally a person or figure, who is admired or idealized for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

As a Philadelphia sports fan my entire life, I have had plenty of opportunities to pick who this person was for me growing up.

There was the hard-hitting but well-spoken Brian Dawkins of the Eagles, that truly left everything he had out on the football field on Sunday’s.  He set the tone on defense for a team which reached the Super Bowl in 2004.

There’s the great Chase Utley of the Phillies.


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IVERSON > TMAC

Posted by: Jake Fischer
08/29/13 8:17 am EST

mcgrady&iverson37,584 minutes.  24,368 points. 6,375 free throws. 1,983 steals.  23 Player of the Week awards.  10 All-Star appearances. 4-Time NBA scoring champion.  3 First Team All-NBA selections.  2 All-Star Game MVPs.  1 NBA MVP Award.

But the number that truly defines Allen Iverson is 6.  Yes, a six-foot guard from Georgetown, Allen Iverson.

Iverson was more of a transcendent icon than he was a phenomenal basketball player.  What he accomplished at the small height of six feet — which we all know is a fib — is what catapulted him into sports history. You know what?  Screw sports history.  American history.

It’s what makes Iverson a cold-stone-lock Hall of Famer and separates him from the likes of Tracy McGrady.


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IVERSON UPDATE

Posted by: C. Smith
06/18/13 10:15 am EST

In our continuing efforts to keep you posted on the off-the-court life of 76ers icon Allen Iverson, we actually have a little bit of good news to report today.

It seems Allen will be avoiding jail time — for now.

According the the celebrity gossip juggernaut TMZ.com, shortly after Iverson’s ex-wife Tawanna Iverson filed paperwork stating that Allen owed her $40,000 in child support, Tawanna was back in court filing additional docs insisting Allen had all 5 of their kids holed up at an Atlanta hotel and refused to hand them over to their mother on the designated exchange date.

I am not a an attorney, but that does not sound like a positive series of events for Iverson.

However, according to TMZ’s sources, “The Answer” has in fact returned his kids to their mother.  Allen also testified in court that he was never holding them hostage in the first place.

More from TMZ on Allen’s latest court appearance after the jump.


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GM 57: (WINNING) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
03/02/13 10:26 pm EST
Golden State Warriors 97 FinalRecap | Box Score 104 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 40 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 16 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | -3

A career high 16 boards was the major highlight in a very good night for Thad (double-double).  His 4 straight points during the Sixers run in the 2nd Q were big and he had a huge garbage play – layin during the 4th Q.

Evan Turner, SF 43 MIN | 10-15 FG | 0-2 FT | 10 REB | 9 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 22 PTS | +3

One of ET’s best games of the year — near triple-double.  I especially like that he did not pound the ball into the floor on any trips tonight. I wonder if saw the Kenny Smith piece on TNT the other night?  In the 3rd Q Turner had 10 pts. as well as a great pick-n-roll alley-oop to Moultrie.  He came up even bigger in the 4th — 6 pts; 2 fantastic assists and a big steal.  Still, his FT shooting is killing me.

Spencer Hawes, C 20 MIN | 0-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 0 PTS | -8

A 0-4 1st Q began a simply awful night for Hawes.

Royal Ivey, PG 25 MIN | 6-6 FG | 1-3 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | -7

Ivey got the start and he responded with 8 pts. in the 1st Q on his way to his best game this season.  Ivey’s shooting was on fire tonight.  I also thought he did a solid job on Curry in the 2nd half and slowed Steph down somewhat.  But those late missed FTs nearly killed me.

Jrue Holiday, PG 42 MIN | 11-20 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 7 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 8 TO | 27 PTS | +9

Holiday had 11 points in the 1st half, but it was his play in the 4th Q and especially the closing minutes that will have everyone talking. He scored 12 points in the final Q including 5 straight to close out the game.  That’s how an all-star closes a game!  However, 8 turnovers is unacceptable from your all-star PG.  My only other knock was that Curry gave him fits at the other end, but Curry does that to most foes.

Lavoy Allen, PF 28 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +15

Lavoy drifts in and out of games so much it’s scary, but Fran Dunphy told us that for years.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 8 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +10

If all of the Sixers bigs could learn to cut / dive / run to the rim like the rookie, we’d score a lot more easy buckets.  He had a beautiful catch and slam on an alley-oop from Turner.

Dorell Wright, SF 27 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | +19

Wirght played like a man with a chip on his shoulder against his former team.  His 11 points in the 1st half helped keep the Sixers in this one.  The hustle play he made to cover the length of the floor and block a Curry lay-up was simply incredible.

Jeremy Pargo, PG 8 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -3

Nothing wrong with his night, but I had bigger expectations when we signed this guy.  Of course it’s tough to do a lot in only 8 ticks.

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

I heard he grabbed like 3 boxes of Wilt bobble heads.

Doug Collins

DC pushed the right button in starting Ivey tonight.  I liked that he got Turner the ball closer to the hoop in the second half where he could score quickly (I assume that was by design).  I thought he stuck with Hawes too long and Moultrie did not get enough burn.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…


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IVERSON UPDATE

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
12/02/12 8:29 pm EST

Allen Iverson’s Answer VI’s were re-released on Friday.

Undoubtedly the most polarizing figure to the Sixers organization over the past 25 years was guard Allen Iverson. It’s hard to believe that the organization is now three seasons removed from Iverson’s last game with the team back on February 20th, 2010 in a loss to the Chicago Bulls.

Just because the Answer is now years and miles away from his playing days with the Sixers, doesn’t mean he can’t still make headlines in the city where he used to do it on a daily basis. As always with Iverson, there’s some good news and bad news to report to you on the sports icon as he’s miles away in China still trying to fight his way back onto an NBA roster.


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GM 14: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
11/26/12 11:54 am EST
Phoenix Suns 101 FinalRecap | Box Score 104 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 26 MIN | 5-9 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +2

A solid night for LA overall, but his bucket at the 9:24 mark of the 4th was HUGE as it ended an 11-0 run by the Suns and kept the Sixers afloat in this one.

Thaddeus Young, SF 36 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | +11

I was expecting a bigger scoring punch from Thad last night, but with Holiday going off it wasn’t really necessary. His defense (along with the rest of this team) is still a work in progress.

Evan Turner, SF 32 MIN | 4-13 FG | 5-6 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 16 PTS | +2

Poor overall shooting aside, I thought ET played a very solid game.  I’m not sure I want him shooting so many 3-balls every night (career high three 3PM), but the one he knocked home in the early 4th was big.  Of course he also gave me at heart attack with the missed FT at the end.

Jrue Holiday, PG 39 MIN | 13-21 FG | 6-8 FT | 3 REB | 13 AST | 33 PTS | +11

Only two players in the last 35 years of Sixers basketball have put up numbers like ‘The Jruth” did last night.  The other one was “The Answer” — 38 points and 15 assists against the Orlando Magic on Jan. 26, 2006. – and he’s headed to the HoF…Just sayin’ (More on Jrue’s night later).

Jason Richardson, SG 34 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +5

Obviously the Sixers need J-Rich to shoot better, but still a decent night all-around.  His 3PM in the 4th that pushed the Sixers out to a 00-97 lead was clutch.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 7 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -6

He was probably so shocked at getting playing time that he didn’t know how to react.

Dorell Wright, SF 20 MIN | 1-4 FG | 5-5 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -2

Another effort by Wright that should help pull him out of DC’s dog house.  Love that his FT shooting is automatic.

Spencer Hawes, C 20 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | -3

An okay night from Hawes, but he can not fall off if this team is to succeed without Bynum.  20 mins of play and only 2 boards is unacceptable.

Kwame Brown, C 6 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-1 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +2

My favorite stretch took place near the end of the third quarter and than into the 4th Q when Kwame air balled a FT; had his slam attempt blocked at the 3rd Q horn and then got called for an illegal screen to open the 4th (?able call).

Nick Young, SG 12 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -3

The FG Swaggy P hit in the 3rd Q was huge as it allowed the Sixers to keep pace with PHX.  Other than that, he was a non-factor.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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