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Sixers Roundup: Old Men, Young Men, and Bowling

Photo Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

K.J. McDaniels — rookie athletic freak — told CBS Sports that he’s been asked to participate in the dunk contest. McDaniels, who is 21-years-old, says he’s not sure if he’ll do it because he’s more of an in-game dunker and can’t do what he used to do when he had “like, extra bounce.” If this is K.J. without extra bounce, I can’t imagine what he was like with it.

In an effort to maybe catch some of that bounce, a 76-year-old man from Marple is going to walk to tonight’s game against the Raptors. Harold Sampson’s two favorite things are the Sixers and walking (a modern day Walter Mitty, this guy) and since it’s his 76th birthday, he’s gonna walk the 18-miles from Marple-Newtown High School to the Wells Fargo Center for tonight’s game, where he’ll be honored at halftime. This is great and all, but maybe this is just a pity-play so someone will call him an Uber. [Editor’s note: Using code crossingbroad for $20 off first ride.]

And finally, the Sixers’ partners in tank, the Knicks, had a bunch of nationally televised games on their schedule at the beginning of the season. Slowly, TNT and ESPN realized they didn’t want to show really terrible basketball on their networks, so they starting pulling the Knicks’ games from their lineup. But this Super Bowl Sunday, there was some counter-programming going on: ESPN was going to air Knicks vs. Lakers, which seemed great during the season but is now just bad, pathetic basketball. But fear not. If you hate football and just want to watch some other sports on Super Bowl Sunday, you will no longer have to sit through Knicks/Lakers. You can now watch a Chris Paul-hosted celebrity bowling event instead featuring Chris Hardwick and Terrell Owens. Rather than air the Kobe-less Lakers taking on the terrible Knicks, ESPN is airing “celebrities” bowling. Yet, Phil Jackson is a genius.

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The Sixers Missed Five Layups in Six Seconds, People Fell Down

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We (specifically I) try to be a little positive about the Sixers here because we agree with what they’re doing. And in most games, there’s something positive to look at (like Jerami Grant’s eight blocks last night). But for every positive, there are usually seven or eight negatives. Last night was one of the worst. That’s a GIF because NBA.com isn’t friendly with embeddable videos, but here’s what happens in the sequence:

1. K.J. McDaniels gets his shot blocked.
2. Henry Sims grabs rebound.
3. Henry Sims misses layup.
4. K.J. McDaniels misses tip-in.
5. K.J. McDaniels misses another tip-in.
6. Furkan Aldemir grabs rebound.
7. Furkan Aldemir misses layup.
8. Furkan Aldemir falls down.
9. K.J. McDaniels and Henry Sims collaborate on tip-in. It misses.
10. Knicks get rebound.

It was ugly, ugly basketball all around — Carmelo Anthony followed it up with a missed 3-pointer — and the Knicks pulled out the win, putting them only 1.5 games behind the Sixers for fourth in a terribly weak division. We support the Sixers. We like what they’re doing. But it’s rarely pretty.

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Best Score Update Ever!

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For real, that’s great.

H/T to readers John and Dan

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The Sixers Are the 27th Most Valuable NBA Franchise but Their worth Keeps Growing

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Forbes’ 2015 NBA franchise evaluations have been released, and the Sixers’ value has grown as their standing in the league has dropped. Last year, the franchise was worth an estimated $469 million, then good enough for 23rd in the league. This time around, they landed in the 27th spot, but their value jumped up to $700 million. Joshua Harris and his well-suited friends bought the team for $287 million in 2011. The team’s revenue was $125 million with an operating income (profit) of $24 million.

The Sixers still sit well-below the average franchise worth of $1.1 billion, which is a huge jump from last year. Forbes‘ Kurt Badenhausen explains:

What do you get when you combine a massive new $24 billion television contract, a nearly six-year bull market in equities creating tremendous wealth, and cheap credit? You get a massive rise in sports franchise values, with the NBA serving as ground zero for the current boom. The average NBA team is now worth $1.1 billion, 74% more than last year. It is the biggest one-year gain since Forbes began valuing teams in the four major U.S. sports leagues in 1998.

The team grows in value as the league grows in value, but some other franchises are growing faster and passing the Sixers. That’s expected. But we’re betting Harris and his other $3,000-suited friends are patting themselves on the back today.

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Sixers Are Favorites Against the Knicks Tonight

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When all of that nonsense “Could the Sixers beat Kentucky?” talk was going on earlier this season, the following was used for arguing the Sixers wouldn’t win that game: “The Sixers aren’t favored in any of their remaining games through the end of the calendar year, and likely won’t be favored in any game after either.” Well, eat that crow, CBS Sports and anyone else who tweeted that, because the Sixers are 1.5 point favorites against the Knicks tonight.

The lowly Knicks — run by the smartest man to ever live — have only six wins to the Sixers’ eight, and had dropped 16-straight before winning their game against the Pelicans. The Sixers, who drop one or two terrible games in a regular pattern (play a good game or get a win, play two or three terrible games, repeat), have lost two-straight. But, really, the Knicks are a total embarrassment to basketball right now and can barely put five NBA-caliber players on the floor. This should be a cakewalk. Or something.

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Oh. Well, at least they’re favorites. Together we build.

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Today in Sixers Tanking: Nerlens Noel and MCW Seemingly Hate Each Other

"Give me that!" Photo credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

“Give me that!” Photo credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Hey, so let’s check in on how things are going with the Sixers and their ever-important building blocks: Joel Embiid is an immature fatty (ostensibly), and now, MCW and Nerlens Noel, who seemingly hate each other, continue to seemingly hate each other. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Bob Cooney:

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Translation: I want ball. MCW not give it to me. F this S.

Great, it’s not like we need those two guys for the future or anything……

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Joel Embiid Might be Immature, is Definitely Chubby

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“I don’t weigh that.”

That was Joel Embiid’s simple response to the Inquirer report that he weighed close to 300 pounds. It worried Bill Simmons. It didn’t worry Molly Sullivan. But it’s a legit concern. Embiid says he doesn’t weigh 300 pounds, but sources put him at at least 275. It could be an issue. Especially if his weight — which really can’t be expected to stay level considering how immobile Embiid is with his injury — ties into a bigger issue: Maturity.

The dreaded “immature” label. Many players have had it draped over them in their career, to varying levels of accuracy and impact: Allen Iverson, DeMarcus Cousins, Javale McGee, Andrew Brynum, etc. In Keith Pompey’s Inky piece, he talks to Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Embiid’s mentor, about his maturity:

“Obviously, you can see some of his immaturity [in] his tweets sometimes,” Mbah a Moute said. “But you can also understand how mature he is in certain situations the way he handled himself. . . . He’s a good kid, man.

“At the end of the day, it’s tough for him being in a situation where people can’t really see who he is as a person.”

Kyle Neubeck at Liberty Ballers put the whole thing into context, acknowledging that Embiid’s maturity can be an issue, but there are other things to be more concerned about:

The more interesting question to me than “Is he immature?” is this — how will Embiid react to frustration and failure, a hurdle he hasn’t had to clear often at lower levels of competition? When he finally plays NBA minutes, it will be one of his first opportunities to spar with giants of his caliber. He will get pushed around, hit in the mouth and not always be the largest, most physically dominant person on the floor. If he is not diligent with his approach to the game, he will get abused by grown men who understand what it takes to make it in the league.

Derek Bodner, at the same site, balances his hope for Embiid with the concern that maybe conditioning and mental drive is an issue with him. We really won’t know until Embiid is working out with high-impact drills, scrimmages, and playing in games against NBA-level competition. It’s going to be a while for that last one, so let’s just hope Embiid, if he’s under it now, can stop himself from cresting the three-bills mark. “Fat Joel” would be a pretty solid nickname though.

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Sixers Offer Four Club Box Tickets to Someone, Anyone, Who Can Give Them a Photoshop Idea

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It’s Friday. Tonight, there are better things to do than go watch the possibly Anthony Davis-less Pelicans take on the Sixers at the Wells Fargo Center. In fact, Davis is probably the only real reason to actually go down there. Either that or free club box seats. And how can you get club free box seats? By suggesting whatever dumb idea comes into your head for a Photoshop image featuring a Sixers player.

Over at r/Sixers, the Sixers’ account asked for any idea, really any, for a fun, dumb Photoshop image featuring a Sixers player — just an idea, not the actual execution of it — and they’ll pick someone to receive four free club box tickets to tonight’s game. I suggested they (possibly illegally) photoshop Jerami Grant’s face on a $50 bill, but fully support the idea to create a picture of “Henry Sims riding a burro on the moon covered in chocolate sauce.” Give that man the tickets.

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