GM 12: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Philadunkia
01/15/12 10:32 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 103 Final

Recap | Box Score

90 Washington Wizards
Elton Brand, PF 23 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | -5

Five games in six days for the 32 year old Elton Brand has to be tough on his body. Brand looked slow, out of it and simply worn down. But what can you expect from a player his age in a condensed season? There’s going to be nights like the one against the Wizards, where Brand’s legs are going to be heavy and he’ll struggle to perform.

Andre Iguodala, SF 35 MIN | 9-16 FG | 4-6 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 23 PTS | -2

Iguodala was great. He was aggressive from the opening tip, looking to create shots for himself on the offensive end and setting up teammates in transition. AI9 was in a good rhythm against the Wizards and he continues to excel pushing the ball for fast-break opportunities. Collins also praised his defensive efforts following the game.

Spencer Hawes, C 19 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 4 PTS | +1

Remember when Spencer Hawes came out really hot to start the season? Remember when he had four double-doubles in the first six games and was equally impressive in the other two contests? Yeah, I miss that Spencer Hawes. I guess we’ll just blame it on the nagging back injury.

Jodie Meeks, G 31 MIN | 1-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 5 PTS | +2

Meeks went from scoring a career-high 26 points against Washington on Friday, to hardly being relevant the next night. His five points all came in the first quarter of the ball game.

Jrue Holiday, PG 40 MIN | 5-17 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | +12

I still can’t tell if Holiday taking 17 shots is a good or bad thing. The positive: He’s being aggressive and attacked the lengthy JaVale McGee at the rim several times. The negative: The 7-6 have plenty of guys that can score, maybe 17 shots is too high. It’d be nice to see him create more as a passer (averaging 4.5 assists heading into Saturday’s game).

Tony Battie, C 12 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +6

In only his fifth game appearance of the young season, Battie showed why he rarely gets on the floor. Battie is simply a solid veteran guy who’ll warm the bench when Hawes and Vucevic are healthy. Tonight he received minutes once Collins felt uncomfortable putting Hawes in due to his back injury.

Lou Williams, PG 26 MIN | 7-12 FG | 6-6 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 24 PTS | +13

After a 19 point performance on Friday night, Lou-Will did not disappoint in DC. Williams was feeling it from downtown and connected on four long distance treys. He finished with a team-high 24 points and is the Sixers leading scorer on the season.

Thaddeus Young, F 31 MIN | 6-13 FG | 6-6 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 18 PTS | +11

In the post game media questioning, Doug Collins mentioned only running a single play for Thaddeus Young the entire ball game. And yet, Young was still able to deliver with 18 points off the bench. When asked how he was able to score 18 while only being called upon once, “Just from having a natural feel for the game and knowing where the ball is at all times,” he explained.

Evan Turner, SG 13 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 2 PTS | +15

Turner never got in rhythm on the offensive end and although he made a few good passes, he rarely looked to create for himself. Turner’s thigh looked to be the reason for his lack of production. ET said he caught a bruise from JaVale McGee’s thigh during a moving pick. Turner said “I’ll ice it and rest it and be good to go.” So Philly fans should not be concerned.

Nikola Vucevic, C 10 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | +12

Just like Battie and Hawes, the rookie struggled to keep up with JaVale in the paint. However, he did grab a pair of offensive boards over him during the 2nd quarter.

Lavoy Allen, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

No, the rookie did not accumulate any floor time in the contest, but he did get an assist in the locker room after Lou Williams shouted “Hey Lavoy, this chicken ain’t going to cut itself.” Allen promptly found the veteran a knife to eat with.

After the Jump…Six Things We Saw Last Night


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3-2 & READY TO GO

Posted by: Jerry Scherwin
01/06/12 10:47 am EST

With all of the Disney Princesses admirably rescued from the dangerous ice of the Wells Fargo Center, the Sixers find their way back home to the P-H-I after a long trip out West.  With the lowly Pistons on the docket for tonight, the Sixers are sitting in an unfamiliar spot from a year ago; they are 3-2 in their first five games, all of which were played in the Wild Wild West. 

After starting last year’s season off 1-9 in their first ten road games (the only win coming in Madison Square Garden where five Sixers players had to score in double-figures to get the win) and finishing 15-26 away from the WFC, there were a lot of skeptics around the Greater Philadelphia Area that said the Sixers seemed doomed to repeat another lousy start in 2011-12. 

Well that has not been the case this year boys and girls.  It’s actually quite the contrary.

 
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MORE DRAMA FOR IVERSON

Posted by: C. Smith
12/10/11 2:52 pm EST

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend — unless you are Tawanna Iverson.

According to TMZ Sports, former 76ers legend and future Hall of Famer Allen Iverson went on a significant spending spree after she filed for divorce, leaving her completely penniless.  Allegedly among the purchases “The Answer” made was $20,000 worth of diamond jewelry.  Court documents that Tawanna filed indicated that Allen’s spending habits put their account in the “red” and left her unable to provide for their children.

Also According to TMZ Sports, Allen denies Tawanna’s allegations in the docs (of course) — and they will now head to court to settle the dispute.

One other interesting fact from this story after the jump.


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THE LAST SHOT?

Posted by: Tim Parker
11/07/11 1:46 pm EST

Considering that last Wednesday night’s lead story on SportsCenter was the Temple – Ohio football game, it’s become more than obvious that the NBA lockout has left a void for not only players, owners, and the game’s legion of fans, but that it has also drastically altered the plans of the sports media world including the “World Wide Leader In Sports.”

While NBA enthusiasts are twiddling their thumbs, and star players are living out their football fantasies due to pure unadulterated boredom, there is one man who stands to benefit from the lockout.

“Who is this man?”, you ask.   The answer is quite simply…

“The Answer.”


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
10/27/11 9:58 am EST

Allegedly there was some positive progress on the NBA labor front yesterday.  NBA scribe / radio host Stephen A. Smith believes the lockout will be over within a week.

“I’ll play for anybody…”  That’s what 76ers legend Allen Iverson told Yahoo Sports when the topic turned to the possibility of “The Answer” coming back to the NBA during an interview promoting  his Las Vegas Superstar Challenge.

As you may have heard or read yesterday, Dr. J is auctioning off a host of his personal ABA / NBA memorabilia, including his 1983 NBA Championship ring.  Rumors immediately started flying that Julius is in financial trouble.  That was hard to believe for us considering his vast success in the business world.  The Doctor is now saying he’s not in financial trouble, “To claim it’s a firesale or to clear up some debt, I don’t think so.”  That’s good news.  

The Raptors hired recently fired Sixers GM Ed Stefanski.  Why we ask?

A quick “76ers” search on craigslist.com produces this Barbie doll gem


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INTERVIEW: THAD YOUNG

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
07/08/11 8:52 am EST

Recently Philadunkia scribe Jeff McMenamin spent some time with 76ers forward Thaddeus Young (@yungsmoove21). 

Thad talked to our man Jeff about what he’s been up to the summer, his basketball camp, Doug Collins, the Sixers 2011 Draft, the lockout and of course whether or not he thinks ‘Dre will be back in a 76ers uniform next season.  

Philadunkia:  What have you been doing this summer to get ready for next year?

Thad:  I’ve just been working out.  Lifting, running, and just doing the normal things I usually do that are part of my everyday habits. I’ve just been hitting the gym and getting up shots and doing the things that the coaches have asked of me. Just trying to stay in sync and stay in the midst of things.


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CLASSIC IVERSON

Posted by: Philadunkia
04/07/11 1:09 pm EST

76ers legend Allen Iverson had a run-in with the law last night down in Atlanta.

According to police reports, “The Answer” who is still stateside rehabbing the leg injury that caused him to leave his Turkish Basketball League team in the middle of the season, was riding in his Lamborghini Wednesday night when an Atlanta police officer pulled the car over for changing lanes without using a turn signal.

During the stop the officer noticed that the gray 2007 Lamborghini Murcielago had expired dealer tags – from 2009 – and had the exotic ride impounded.  Sidebar here…tags for that kind of whip cost around $10,000.

Needless to say Iverson did not handle the stop very well.


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IVERSON UPDATE

Posted by: Philadunkia
02/01/11 3:15 pm EST

Back on January 12th it was widely reported that Allen Iverson was ready quit the Besiktas Black Eagles and ride off into retirement.

Reportedly “The Answer” was set to have a news conference that day to announce his retirement from basketball.  As we all know, that press conference never happened.

Later that day, Iverson’s personal manager Gary Moore told the Associated Press that Iverson “totally disputes” any report of his retirement.  Moore said Iverson needs to have a painful lesion removed from his right calf.  He said the injury was the most painful that Iverson has had in his career. 

Now ESPN’s Rich Bucher has an update on this story which tells us Iverson has visited with uber-surgeon James Andrews and has now elected NOT to go under the knife.


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IVERSON UPDATE : IT’S ALL OVER (UPDATE: OR NOT)

Posted by: C. Smith
01/12/11 4:52 pm EST

Even though he is coming off the best 3-game stretch of his short career in the Turkish Basketball League, it appeared earlier today that Allen Iverson was ready quit the Besiktas Black Eagles and ride off into retirement.

Reportedly “The Answer” was set to have a news conference today to announce his retirement from basketball.  That press conference never happened.

He recently missed two games because of an undisclosed injury, but returned from that absence to play solidly in three straight games for Besiktas, so we found it odd that he was suddenly going to retire. 

We read online that an ankle injury which would require him to return to United States for surgery was the official reason behind Iverson’s sudden retirement. 

“Leaving the basketball world makes me sad but, sometimes, we have to accept things like they are. I can say goodbye to basketball,” Iverson allegedly told the Turkish newspaper Ajansspor. 

Well, apparently not all of that is true…


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76ers ARE STUCK

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
01/11/11 11:02 am EST

As a Sixers fan I’m torn.  Yes the wins are exciting, but does anyone else feel like we’re running in place?  Recent word out of the organization is that the front office feels so good about the improving play of the squad that they’re planning on postponing the shopping of Andre Igoudala until the summer, which makes me want to grab a loud speaker, climb to the top of City Hall, and scream,

WHYYYYYY ?????

Do they really think that it is worth postponing the future of the franchise for a potential first round flame out to the likes of Miami or Boston?  Quality wins such as the other night over Chicago show what the squad is capable of, but if anyone in the front office thinks this team is championship-caliber or more realistically capable of winning a first-round playoff series, than they are kidding themselves. 


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