Iverson the Hero

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
09/09/16 9:18 am EST

allen-iverson-basketball-hall-of-fameeditEditor’s note: This post was originally published on 8/26/2013…

The 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.  He helped win the city its first major sports title after a 25-year drought and defines the word toughness on the baseball field.

 


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Rapid Reacts: 8 is Enough

Posted by: C. Smith
02/07/16 11:10 am EST
Brooklyn Nets 98 Final
Recap | Box Score
103 Philadelphia 76ers
Nerlens Noel, PF 32 MIN | 8-11 FG | 0-0 3FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 4 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | -3 +/-A quick start (4 pts. in early 1st Q) lead to a big night for #4. He also had 4 pts. in the 2nd & 3rd Q’s. Talk about balanced scoring. I thought his on-ball defense was solid last night. His dive to the rim and dunk in the final minutes of the game was a huge play for the 76ers.

Robert Covington, SF 26 MIN | 2-8 FG | 2-6 3FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | +9 +/-This is now three straight gams that “Cov” has struggled. But they say that great shooters keep shooting and that’s what he did last night. #33 drained a key three with 1:13 remaining that gave the 76ers a 97-96 lead and posted 6 total points in the final minutes of the game.

Jahlil Okafor, C 33 MIN | 9-16 FG | 0-0 3FG | 4-4 FT | 17 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 22 PTS | +13 +/-A simply dominating night for Okafor against the Nets’ decent frontline. If a few calls had gone Jah’s way, I think he could have gotten to the 30 point mark last night. The ten point showing in the 3rd Q by Jah showed me once again that he can develop into an elite scoring threat in this League.

T.J. McConnell, PG 28 MIN | 7-10 FG | 2-2 3FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +6 +/-TJ filled in for the injured Ish Smith and did a tremendous job last night. He tied his career-high with 17 points and had a huge steal in the final minute of the game. TJ dropped 6 dimes and had only 2 TOs. Obviously his energy was at a very high level and teammates seemed to feed off of that.

Nik Stauskas, SG 20 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-4 3FG | 2-3 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -4 +/-Ugghh


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FO’ with the Foes: Atlanta Hawks

Posted by: C. Smith
02/03/16 2:14 pm EST

atlhawksgirlThis 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 Atlanta Hawks who are all over the place right now (5-5 in last 10), but feature streaking point man Jeff Teague and a formidable front line.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Atlanta team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Clayton Crowe at soaringdownsouth.com, as Clayton will answer Fo’ questions on his Hawks squad from us here at Philadunkia.

 


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Philadunkia 4on4: Mid-Season Thoughts

Posted by: Philadunkia
01/14/16 12:14 pm EST

76erscrystalballTonight’s game against the Bulls will mark the 41st contest for the 76ers (4-36) of the 2015-16 season.  Thus, it’s time for our annual mid-season edition of Philadunkia’s 4on4…

As a reminder, this Philadunkia question and answer series is “loosely based” on ESPN.com’s highly successful, NBA related series of posts titled “5on5″.  Our version of this genre of posts will ask 4 Philadunkia scribes to answer 4 topical, hot button questions about our Philadelphia 76ers.

Now you’re probably asking, “Why not simply stick with the “5on5″ format that ESPN.com uses?” 

Well as any great hoops coach will tell you — playing 4on4 is the best way to truly learn the game of basketball.

After the jump, Philadunkia scribes C. Smith, Michael Kaskey-Blomain, Jeff McMenamin and Tyler Cook will examine four questions surrounding our 76ers as we hit the mid-season pole.


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Drama Is Not What the Sixers Need

Posted by: C. Smith
12/14/15 3:22 pm EST

dantoniThe 76ers record stands at 1-24.  They have dropped 7 straight games.  The last four loses have been by an average of 23 points.  Brett Brown’s roster does not boast  an NBA starting caliber point guard or shooting guard and features two dynamic bigs that may not be able to play together. They lead the NBA in turnovers (17.4 per game). Lastly, the Sixers have been awful on defense, ranking at the bottom of the League in points allowed (102.8 ppg.– 23rd).  In short, the 76ers are an absolute mess on the court.

Still, despite all the losing, makeshift lineups and embarrassing statistics, I have been impressed that this roster and coaching staff have stuck together in the locker room and that even during the lowest point of “the process” there appears to be no internal drama on this team.  Which is why this past weekend’s rumors regarding former Lakers/Knicks/Suns head coach Mike D’Antoni possibly joining the 76ers staff are raising significant issues in my basketball mind.


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Process This…

Posted by: C. Smith
12/08/15 11:35 am EST

colangeloEven for those of us who completely “trust the process”, there is no denying that the 76ers last 2+ seasons have been painful to live through (Last night’s 51-point loss to the Spurs was possibly the most painful moment.). Every individual no matter how mentally and physically tough, has a specific threshold for tolerating pain and once that point is exceeded, you will plead for mercy. Well, apparently a 1-20 record, a host of off-the-court issues from prized rookie Jahlil Okafor and allegedly a push from NBA commissioner Adam Silver have forced the 76ers’ ownership group to finally cry “mercy”.

Thus, on Monday, the Sixers announced that Jerry Colangelo — a Hall of Famer and the man responsible for resurrecting USA Basketball — will join the franchise as a special advisor and chairman of basketball operations.

After the jump, are three different takes I have assembled from my NBA contacts on the most recent move by Josh Harris & Company in “the process” .


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Fo’ with the Foes: LA Lakers

Posted by: C. Smith
12/01/15 1:17 pm EST

lakerhottieThis special, Moses Malone Tribute Night 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 Los Angeles Lakers who own a record of 2-16, have lost six straight games, but feature D’Angelo Russell, former 76ers Louis Williams and Swaggy P as well as the soon-to-be-retired Kobe Bryant.

After the jump, I’ll look at Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Los Angeles team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Darius Soriano at forumblueandgold.com, as Darius will answer Fo’ questions on his Lakers squad from us here at Philadunkia.

Fo’ with the Foes: Minnesota TWolves

Posted by: C. Smith
11/23/15 4:07 pm EST

Alisa-MinnesotaeditedThis 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 Minnesota Timberwolves, who have lost 6-of-their-last-7, but feature a rising star in their highly entertaining second year guard Andrew Wiggins.

After the jump, I’ll look at Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Minnesota team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Jonah  Steinmeyer at howlintwolf.com, as Jonah will answer Fo’ questions on his T-Wolves squad from us here at Philadunkia.

Fo/ with the Foes: Charlotte Hornets

Posted by: C. Smith
11/20/15 12:26 pm EST

honeybeeseditedThis 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 Charlotte Hornets (6-6), who have won 6-of-their-last-9 and feature a rejuvenated Nicholas Batum as well as our man Spencer Hawes.

After the jump, I’ll look at Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Charlotte team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Spencer Percy at queencityhoops.com, as Spencer will answer Fo’ questions on his Hornets squad from us here at Philadunkia.

 


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Rapid Reacts: Turnovers & Dirk’s Dagger

Posted by: C. Smith
11/17/15 9:44 am EST
Dallas Mavericks 92 FinalRecap | Box Score 86 Philadelphia 76ers
Nerlens Noel, PF 38 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 3FG | 2-4 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 12 PTS | -4 +/-A very nice double-double by #4 was tainted by the turnovers Noel was responsible for at the worst times. Additionally, he scored only 2 points in the back-and-forth 4th quarter when the Sixers needed him most. As the leader of this team he has to produce in the clutch.

Jerami Grant, SF 29 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-1 3FG | 3-5 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | -21 +/-I thought Grant had an very nice game last night. He was extremely aggressive on offense. His hustle and energy was at a high level. Grant also scored 4 big 4th Q points. His cold shooting in the early 3rd Q was a factor in this game and that’s the lone knock on his play lst night.

Jahlil Okafor, C 33 MIN | 8-15 FG | 0-0 3FG | 3-3 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 4 TO | 19 PTS | -13 +/-I understand how inefficient the 7-6’s offense can be when Jah is in the game and I just don’t care. When the Sixers find a REAL perimeter knock down shooter to compliment his inside game, this offense will be difficult to defend.

T.J. McConnell, PG 34 MIN | 6-9 FG | 1-3 3FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 13 PTS | +5 +/-After two straight sub-par efforts (by his own high standards), TJ scored a career high 13 points and was a big help on the glass as well. I loved that he was jawing at Dirk for the acting job the Geramn legend did during a very questionable foul call in the late 4th Q.

Nik Stauskas, SG 16 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-2 3FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -14 +/-I have no words for how disappointed I am in Suace Castillo’s shooting so far this season. Hopefully last night is the rock bottom moment.

 


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