PHIL (ADELPHIA)

Posted by: C. Smith
05/02/13 11:07 am EST

According to a report over at Yahoo Sports by Adrian Wojnarowski, the 76ers have received permission to interview Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Malone as well as Utah Jazz assistant and former Sixer Jeff Hornacek for the franchise’s head-coaching vacancy.  According to Woj’s sources, “Malone is considered a serious candidate for the Sixers job.  The Sixers have been doing a great deal of research on Malone and getting excellent feedback”

Earlier this week, Dei Lynam of csnphilly.com fame posted a story in which her sources said the 7-6 have “contacted” Pacers’ associate head coach Brian Shaw about their vacant head-coaching position.  Obviously the Pacers are currently in the playoffs and hold a 3-2 lead over the Atlanta Hawks in their first round series, so it could be sometime before Shaw will actually interview for the Sixers job opening.

Now, I know the rumor mill is going to churn out a lot of these stories until the opening is filled.  Some of them will be accurate and others not so much.  And I am happy to see that the Sixers front office is doing their due diligence and interviewing a number of prospects.  Lastly, let me just say that I have nothing against giving any of these alleged candidates (so far) a look see.

Still, I have to ask, ‘Has anyone in the Sixers organization even sent Phil Jackson so much as a introductory text message?’


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WHEELING & DEALING

Posted by: Steve Toll
04/30/13 9:33 am EST

Few could have imagined the season turned out the way it did.  The 76ers were supposed to be this, that and the other thing.  What came to pass was the realization that this past summer was one of the uglier summers in NBA history.  

Now the Sixers are a team left with holes larger than just the void in the middle cause by Andrew Bynum’s knees.  As I have mentioned ad nauseum, the 76ers are in a very bad place going forward with no clear path to anything.  

After the jump, are some trade possibilities that can be a change for the better next year or the long run.  The premise is to do all of these trades or none at all.  Part 1 will be for the future, “Hello, 25% shot at Andrew Wiggins and the return of the Anti-Gravity Treadmill”.  Part 2 will assume the future is now

On last note, while the ESPN.com trade machine says the salaries don’t work, once Jrue’s $9.2 million salary kicks in, these trades would work.

 
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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
04/29/13 2:08 pm EST

On Saturday the 76ers announced that have acquired a D-League franchise and will move it Delaware…Ladies and gentlemen please welcome your Delaware 87ers…Wait, what?  It’s not a misprint.

Brian at depressedfan.com is not very excited about the D-League announcement.

A quick “76ers” search on craigslist brings back this signed gem from the 1983 team.

Dei Lynam at csnphilly.com reported that the Sixers have contacted Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw.

nbadraft.net has the Sixers selecting 11th in the 2013 Draft and picking Giannis Adetokoubo who plays in Greece.  Check out the video of this 6-9 kid.  I’ve seen bigger crowds at Chester vs. Lower Merion district playoff games.

Hoops Habit predicts the Sixers will grab Glenn Robinson III with the 11th pick in 2013.


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GENERAL MANAGER CANDIDATES

Posted by: Philadunkia
04/23/13 10:41 am EST

Here at Philadunkia it seems to be a consensus that the first item on the “Honey Do List” for Josh Harris and Adam Aron this off-season should be to find a new General Manager for this franchise.

It’s not that Tony DiLeo has done anything wrong, but it’s apparent that he was hand picked for the job by Doug Collins  last year and it’s time to wipe the slate clean from the DC era.  Removing DiLeo is especially important  if DC is going to have an active “consulting” role in the Sixers front office going forward as we will need a strong willed and independent thinker who can sift through Doug’s input and only use the sensible thoughts.

If the Sixers decide to look for a new general manager, the Philadunkia scribes have some suggestions for Harris and Aron as to who should receive job interviews.

After the jump are a few suggestions for a new 76ers General Manager.


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TOP PRIORITY: A GM

Posted by: Jake Fischer
04/22/13 11:17 am EST

If there is anything the eight Game 1s of the 2013 NBA Playoffs taught us, besides that home court actually does matter in the NBA, it’s that whichever team has the better players wins.  It’s a simple as that.  Thus, it make sense for the 76ers to start their rebuilding process by focusing their attention on getting the best players on the court, right?

Wrong.

This, if anything, the troublesome Sixers ownership and management group must start this off-season by making key off-the-court decisions before they can start looking to solve their on-the-court issues.  The Sixers brass must find a smart general manager who can run this franchise correctly. 

Recent NBA history has proven this method can be very successful.


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THE NIGHTMARE IS OVER

Posted by: Jake Fischer
04/18/13 2:09 pm EST

All good things must come to an end.

But, unfortunately for the 76ers organization and its fans, their immaculate 2012-2013 season came to an end before it ever began.

In August, the Sixers introduced their addition of Andrew Bynum — and, oh yeah, Jason Richardson — at the Constitution Center in front of a raucous crowd.  But, before Bynum could even get through hinting at signing a 5-year max extension, he stopped in his tracks.

Then, as all of Philadunkia was imagining Bynum backing down the likes of Roy Hibbert, Joakim Noah and Tyson Chandler before turning them into a poster, the team announced that Bynum would be undergoing surgery on his knees and going to Germany.

We all know he would go on to never suit up in a Sixers uniform outside of a photo shoot.  We all know he participated in less practices than his jersey number, 33.  We all remember his parade of ridiculous hairdos and his romantic long walks on a freakishly expensive anti-gravity treadmill.  His season, and maybe his career in Philly, was over before it even had a chance to commence.


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GM 80: (B2B W’s) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Jake Fischer
04/14/13 8:08 pm EST
Cleveland Cavaliers 77 FinalRecap | Box Score 91 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 33 MIN | 5-11 FG | 4-6 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +22Another game, more hustle and effectiveness out of Thad.  This guy just competes every single night and every single play. While he’s undersized at the PF, his heart lets him play like he’s three inches taller.  This guy should be a starter in Philadelphia until he retires.
Evan Turner, SF 31 MIN | 3-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +18Turner did a great job rebounding the ball today, but he again put up another dreadful shooting performance.  At this point of the season, you would think Turner would be balling out to try and spark a contract extension discussion.  But, that’s just not happening.
Spencer Hawes, C 36 MIN | 6-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 4 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +20Spence had a solid game offensively, but he was seemingly nowhere to be found on the glass.  Of the 76ers’ 39 team rebounds, Hawes only had 5 and he’s by far the tallest on the roster.
Jrue Holiday, PG 32 MIN | 6-17 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +21Jrue continues to struggle shooting the ball, but I’m giving him an A+ for being the only Sixer to recognize the need to tank!  With each missed shot, it’s as if Jrue is screaming, “I need some help! Give me a high pick!”
Damien Wilkins, SG 30 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +10At 33 years old, for Wilkins to go out and play 30 min, shoot 56.5 percent from the field and hit the glass is phenomenal.  We all know this Sixers team needs a veteran locker room presence with their large crop of young players.  Adam Aron should really think about retaining this savvy vet.
Arnett Moultrie, PF 24 MIN | 5-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | -10With more minutes comes more production from Moultrie.  This young man knows how to play around the basket and plays hard.  He had three offensive rebounds and also was extremely efficient.  But, he does need to keep the turnovers down.
Dorell Wright, SF 25 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -4Is Wright playing for a new contract?  Over his last five games, the sharpshooter is averaging 11.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game — both well above his season averages.  This team needs efficient role players and he could potentially be one.
Lavoy Allen, C 4 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -4He said he didn’t learn anything during his first two seasons under Doug Collins.  Maybe he learned something while he was sitting on the bench.
Justin Holiday, SG 26 MIN | 2-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -3Justin went out there and had fun.  You can tell he’s trying to make the most of his opportunity with this franchise and he’s bringing great energy.  That’s all you could ask for from a guy in his situation.
Kwame Brown, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | Great hustle out there, big guy!
Charles Jenkins, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | In a blowout game this late in the season, you would have liked to see Jenkins get some run here.  But this is clearly a Holiday town.
Royal Ivey, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | Ivey has now played 3 minutes in the past 4 games.  He’s come along way from throwing the game-ending turnover against Milwaukee back in February.
Nick Young, SG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | Swaggy P has just dealt with injuries all season long.  Hopefully he can get healthy over this summer and prove to another team he’s worthy of a contract.
Doug Collins

He played both Moultrie and Holiday (the younger half) for at least half of the game.  He also has handled the pressure and rumors of his fate with this team very well.  For that, I’m giving old Collins his first A from me…. ever.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw…


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D…C-YA

Posted by: Jake Fischer
04/11/13 1:16 pm EST

According to an online report today, citing multiple league sources, the 76ers organization privately hopes that coach Doug Collins decides not to return for the 2013-14 season and, regardless of his decision, it does not intend to extend his contract – which has one year remaining, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported late Wednesday morning.

Thus, the Sixers are hoping that Collins, who has never lasted more than three seasons at the helm of an NBA franchise, walks away from the organization all on his own.

And, boy, would many dedicated and knowledgeable fans in Philadunkia be more than eager to throw him a retirement party down South Street.

 
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GM 78: (B2B TANKS) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
04/11/13 9:31 am EST
Atlanta Hawks 124 FinalRecap | Box Score 101 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 32 MIN | 14-20 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 28 PTS | -16

After what was probably his worst performance ever against Brooklyn, #21 recovered nicely with an outstanding night at the WFC.  Thad scored 10 straight in the late 2nd Q and that was the only thing keeping the Sixers remotely close in this one.  Thad was ridiculous in the 1st half — 22 points on 11-of-16 from the field.  It was the most points scored in a half by any Sixer this season.  He was the only Sixer who looked like he remotely cared about this game.

Evan Turner, SF 39 MIN | 4-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 9 PTS | -13

“The Enigma” didn’t shoot the ball well and he turned the rock over 5 times.  The scary part is he’s not rebounding the ball either right now, so I question if he has any value at all when he plays like he did last night.  5 of his 9 points came in the 4th Q when this game was long over.

Spencer Hawes, C 25 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -10

The last two games have proven why the Sixers won’t be able to trade Spencer for a bucket of Gatorade this off-season.

Jrue Holiday, PG 27 MIN | 4-14 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 12 PTS | -19

It’s no secret that Jrue is struggling with his shot, but his assist to turnover ratio (1:5) was deplorable last night.

Damien Wilkins, SG 23 MIN | 0-7 FG | 6-6 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -9

Four points (from the FT line) in the 1st Q and then nothing…You know the tank is on when DW has a night like this one…

Arnett Moultrie, PF 22 MIN | 3-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -7

With five points in the 2nd Q, Moultrie helped Thad keep the Sixers in this game prior to the half. Despite showing that he was one of only two Sixers who came to compete last night, Collins held #5 to 22 minutes.  UNREAL

Dorell Wright, SF 26 MIN | 4-9 FG | 5-5 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | -16

Don’t let the stat line fool you…10 of Wright’s 15 points came in the garbage time filled 4th Q.

Lavoy Allen, C 12 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -15

If Fran Dunphy and Doug Collins can’t find a way to reach this guy, who can?

Nick Young, SG 26 MIN | 6-9 FG | 4-5 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | -7

Swaggy does one thing well — score the rock — and for the second straight game he did a bunch of that in garbage time.

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

Photo op: Sunday may be your last chance to witness Kwame riding the pine for the Sixers at the WFC — make sure you have your cameras ready.

Doug Collins

“We so used to value the ball,” Collins said post game. “We led the league last year in fewest turnovers. Too many times I look down and I see too many points off turnovers. We were minus-12 [in points off turnovers] tonight. If we’re down in that stat, chances are we’re not going to win the game. That’s a real barometer for our team.” DC — didn’t you have a major role is assembling this turnover prone roster?!?

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…


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GM 77: (BK TANK) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
04/10/13 9:15 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 83 FinalRecap | Box Score 104 Brooklyn Nets
Thaddeus Young, SF 25 MIN | 1-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -12

The Nets frontline is just too big and too strong for #21 and a poor shooting night only made things worse.

Evan Turner, SF 28 MIN | 3-10 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | -20

The Enigma did not shoot the ball well, but I thought he was one of the few Sixers who came to compete last night.  Turner got the FT line, he threw two nice alley-oops and played decently overall.

Spencer Hawes, C 23 MIN | 3-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 7 PTS | -25

Reality had to catch up to Spencer at some point.

Jrue Holiday, PG 28 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -31

Jrue made his first three shots — all three-pointers in the first quarter (3-5 overall from deep in Q), so I thought he was going to get back on track last night. But he shot just 2 for 7 after that for 15 points. Holiday also posted a season-low one assist.  Jrue scored 4 straight to start the 3rd Q, so 13 of his 15 points came in two bursts.

Damien Wilkins, SG 22 MIN | 1-5 FG | 3-4 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -22

Even DC’s favorite veteran presence took the night off in Brooklyn.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 24 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +2

Moultrie should play 25 minutes a night for the remainder of this pathetic season.

Dorell Wright, SF 19 MIN | 3-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -8

7 of his nine points came in the 2nd Q.  Thanks for showing up for at least 1/4 of the game.

Lavoy Allen, C 25 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -7

Any chance that Reggie Evans could take Lavoy under his wing and teach him to play with heart?

Charles Jenkins, PG 10 MIN | 1-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +5

Is this experiment over yet?  1-4 in garbage time.

Justin Holiday, SG 16 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +3

I’ll admit that his defense is better than I had anticipated, but that’s all I am willing to comment on here.

Nick Young, SG 21 MIN | 7-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 18 PTS | +10

Swaggy shines in these garbage time games.  Every Time he touched the rock, you knew the ball was going up.  Swaggy is predictable like that.  Only four of his 18 points came with the Sixers trailing by 11 or less points.

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

I swear I saw Kwame asking for Jay Z’s autograph.

Doug Collins

Everyone knew the plan for the Nets was to pound the ball inside and DC had no counter move.  Not even DC can keep this team from tanking it now and that should lead to some fun post game comments.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…


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