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All the backdoor lobbying by Sixers and Devils CEO Scott O’Neil against overhauling the NBA Draft and Lottery while the Sixers are in the midst of milking the systems’ weak points has apparently paid off. You may continue your tanking as you see fit.

In a bed somewhere, Jim and his 102 fever are thrilled about this.

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Joe Conklin Lampoons the Sixers’ Marketing Message

This is funny. But to be fair to the Sixers (look at me, showing restraint in making fun of the Sixers!), they’ve been pretty up-front about the fact that they’re going to be the worst team in the history of basketball this season. You have to respect that. What they’re doing is certainly a lot more commendable than what the Phillies are doing, which is trying to sell you a terrible product before it becomes obsolete. The Sixers are like the original iPhone of basketball teams– rough around the edges, missing many essential features, but there’s a solid foundation to work with and it shows great promise. The Phillies are basically Blackberry– awesome in 2007, but completely useless now and trying to shove square pegs into round holes in an attempt to extract the last wads of cash from their remaining fans’ hands before completely killing off their product.

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Sam Hinkie Releases Statement on Embiid’s Brother as Joel Returns to Cameroon

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Other than the awkward wording on “We are poorly designed for that kind of loss” — almost as if he wants to remind you the Sixers are designed for some kind of loss — Sam Hinkie released a very nice statement about the passing of Joel Embiid’s younger brother, Arthur. Embiid is returning home to be with his family in Cameroon during this terrible time. On Instagram, Embiid said some words about his late brother, who was thirteen years old. Said Embiid:

“RIP for my brother who died at the age of 13. The bad thing is that I hadn’t seen since I left Cameroon 4 years ago and all these days, I was just thinking about next summer so I have a chance to finally see him again….. GOD has a plan for all of us. We just gotta pray. HES GONNA BE MISSED.”

We, too, wish Joel and his family the best.

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Hinkie, Brett Brown, Mbah a Moute Skip Preseason Game to be at Joel Embiid’s Side after Brother Dies

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There’s a lot being said about the Eagles having a familial atmosphere, but it hasn’t really seemed that way with the Sixers. Sam Hinkie has wheeled and dealed so much that the roster is nearly unrecognizable. But when Joel Embiid’s yonger brother, Arthur, died yesterday, the team went into family mode.

Embiid was nowhere to be found at last night’s preseason game, as he was home grieving Arthur’s death. But he wasn’t alone. Same Hinkie, Brett Brown, and Embiid’s mentor, Luc Mbah a Moute, all skipped the game to be at Embiid’s side at his house.

Assistant coach Chad Iske, who coached in place of Brett Brown, told The Inquirer: “We are all a family here. Obviously, everybody is thinking about Joel and his family. Our hearts and prayers are with him.”

Tony Wroten said that teammates asked him if he had Embiid’s number, in an attempt to reach out to him to offer support. “When you hear news like that,” Wroten said, “it kind of kills everything.”

We might not really know many of them, but to hear that some key members of the Sixers skipped an admittedly pointless game in order to be at the side of one of their own while he mourned the loss of his brother at least gives you a better sense of who they are.

UPDATE: Bob Cooney reports that an auto accident killed 14-year-old Arthur.

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It May be 2015 Before MCW and Nerlens Share the Floor

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Tank Mode will never die: Joel Embiid is on the backburner, Dario Saric is riding the pine in Turkey, Nerlens Noel is finally hitting the floor, and Michael Cater-Williams will be wearing a suit for what could be a solid chunk of this season. According to Bob Cooney at the Daily News, Coach Brett Brown says the original 2-4 month recovery time reported for MCW’s May shoulder surgery was inaccurate, and he doesn’t know “where that information came from.” MCW’s actual timeline is 6-9 months, which places his number of games missed this year between five and fifty.

Yeah Brett, we don’t know who could have possibly said 2-4 months initially either, though it does seem very Hinkie if you ask me.

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Grantland Predicts the Sixers Win Fewer Games, Maybe Trade MCW

Pictured: The 76ers' projected win total. Photo Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Pictured: The 76ers’ projected win total.
Photo Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Grantland is getting ready for the upcoming NBA season with their NBA Preview, and part of that series of posts is Zach Lowe’s “33 Crazy Predictions,” three of which are about our own 76ers. The first? Wins:

Philadelphia will win fewer than the 19 games it won last season.

Those Sixers started 3-0 and have since jettisoned their only three NBA-quality veterans in Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes, and Thad Young. Those guys aren’t world-beaters, but they are actual NBA rotation players. The Sixers’ roster is so bad, some guys have the NBA equivalent of the Facebook question mark for their official league profile photos.

I recently talked to someone about the “no harm, no foul” prospects of throwing $50 down on the “over” for Vegas’ 15.5 wins prediction on the Sixers. I think that’s a relatively safe bet to make, considering that while they’re worse this year than they were last, I can’t imagine them dropping all but one game over two months as they did last season. Winning more than 19 though? That’s a tougher call. Lowe’s predictions carried on to MCW:

Philly will sniff out Michael Carter-Williams deals.

They tried hard during the draft, but they couldn’t draw the trove they envisioned or guarantee that the player they wanted with an acquired pick would be there, per several league sources. Expect Philly to repeat the exercise. It’s not a shot at Carter-Williams, or even a signal that the Sixers are dying to trade him. He may well end up a long-term cog in Philly.

The team knows point guard is the most replaceable position in the league today, and it will seek out any deal that adds to its stockpile of high-value draft picks.

That’s a no-brainer there. As Bill Simmons — back from his forced break — and Jalen Rose said in their Sixers breakdown video, there isn’t a man on the roster of a 19-win team that is off-limits if the right deal comes up. And finally, something to look forward to:

Joel Embiid will play this season.

He’ll be ready by the last couple of weeks, and the Sixers will want to remind dispirited fans that the cavalry is coming.

That’s fantastic news if it turns out that way, since both Joel Embiid and Dario Saric (whose season has already begun in Turkey) have logged the same number of minutes.

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The 76ers are Hosting their First Family-Friendly Fan Fest Two Fridays from Now

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

In an effort to bring the team closer to the fans — “The Sixers: They’re Only Kind of Better at Basketball than You” — the 76ers are hosting their first ever Sixers Fan Fest. The event, which takes place on October 24th at the Bloomingdale’s court inside The Court at King of Prussia, will feature the entire 76ers team, Phlight Squad, and Sixers Dancers. And, there will be a chance to talk to your favorite players:

During the event, the entire team will be introduced to the crowd, and children in the audience will have the chance to ask questions of their favorite Sixers. Children from a local non-profit organization will then join the players and coaching staff on stage, where they will be presented with gift cards to shop for clothing at King of Prussia Mall.

It looks like only kids will be able to ask questions, so you might want to get on practicing with your child right now how to appropriately ask anyone on the team “Do you know what Hinkie’s plan is? What’s the goal in all of this?”

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Sixers and Devils CEO Scott O’Neil Has a Nerlens Noel Jersey Sewn into His Blazer

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The Sixers were home last night to kickoff their pre-season, which, really, is essentially their entire campaign this year. About 20 people showed up, including everyone favorite Molly Sullivan and CEO Scott O’Neil, who showed off to Sullivan his odd, but kind of endearing Nerlens Noel jersey-lined blazer.

O’Neil was unnaturally perky during the interview, and assuming he’s not always that way, it was either because he was talking to Molly (which will make this guy InSaNeLy jealous) or because he had a few aged Zins with Joshua Harris before the game. Whatever the case, the blazer (which is totally a Villanova thing) is a nice, fun touch, but I wonder if the other side has a Patrick Elias sweater sewn into it? If so, O’Neil can wear the same thing tonight!

UPDATE: Nope:

Video after the jump. Continue reading

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