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You may be surprised to learn that Marcus Hayes, known for injecting race into discussions that shouldn’t involve race, wrote a column today ripping the very white Sam Hinkie, whose efforts thus far have been almost universally applauded by pundits, for being a nerdy wizard, while calling Thaddeus Young, who made $8.6 million to play basketball this season, a hero.

To the excerpt machine!

Oddly, inexcusably, one voice will be missing: the voice of the producer of this lovable mess:

Sam Hinkie, the invisible general manager.

So far, he has generally managed to remain silent.

He destroyed every semblance of the Sixers’ core, implemented an evaluation process at least partly based on analytics, the use of which apparently requires an advanced degree in mathematics, a pocket protector and a Merlin hat.

Then – poof! – Hinkie disappeared.

At midday yesterday, Hinkie had yet to complete his meetings with the players, so his absence from the season-ending handshake party was excusable.

That he is not at Harris’ side today?

Inexcusable.

Certainly, Harris will endorse the job done so far by Hinkie, his handpicked Wonderboy, despite these facts:

* The Sixers began the season with four viable NBA starters but finished with just two, one of whom could ask for his walking papers in the next few weeks.

* They tied the NBA record for consecutive losses.

* And they got zero minutes of playing time from their No. 1 post player for the second year in a row.

Uh, Sam?

Never mind.

Um, what? What exactly does Marcus expect Hinkie to say– “Yes, everything is going exactly according to plan and we were successful in our quest to field the worst basketball team we possible could without getting fined by the league for throwing games”?

It’s fairly obvious to anyone paying even the slightest bit of attention that the Sixers having only two viable starters and tying the NBA record for consecutive losses was very much by design in an effort to get multiple high draft picks in a draft stocked with talent. Marcus knows this. He has to know this. But he wrote the column anyway, criticizing the guy who, in an admittedly small sample size, has done all the things people wanted and expected him to do. 

If Marcus would’ve just stopped there, this wouldn’t be worth discussing. But nope. He continued. Let’s rip Sam Hinkie for a job well-done, wax poetic about Thaddeus Young, and then throw in what borders on a dangerous landowner-slave reference just for fun:

Wisdom was sought, then, from those less-equipped to dispense it.

Young completed a heroic season uninjured but not undaunted. Selfless, hungry and nearing his peak, Young yesterday dropped the facade he has worn since the Sixers traded away three starters. He said he would insist on knowing the particulars of the Sixers’ plan going forward, and, if he didn’t like it, or if he was not told, he would ask to be traded.

Young, as good a soldier who ever served in this town, has earned this sort of impudence. Hinkie sold off the farm but kept Young to pull the plow, to keep the rows straight, to lead the herd. Young did all of that.

Does Young deserve a preemptive extension?

Only Hinkie can say, and Hinkie’s not saying anything about anything.

WHAT AM I READING?

To Marcus’ credit, he went on to write very nice things about Brett Brown. But he then returned to bashing Hinkie and compared him to Joe Banner:

Hinkie certainly is smart, organized, and prepared; but then, so was Joe Banner.

Over a 20-year span in Philadelphia, Banner revolutionized the football business market; established a template for an era of NFL transactions; and led the Eagles franchise to its most glorious era.

Nevertheless, Banner’s lack of appeal and his inability to suffer fools made him a pariah. At the first chance, Banner was run out of town on a rail.

Perhaps the Sixers are simply protecting their Wonderboy. Hinkie cannot put his foot in his mouth if he keeps his mouth shut.

The team is diminished for that.

So is Hinkie; at least, he is this week, when only one significant voice will be missing.

The only one that matters.

This is a really bad column.

H/T to (@mikejlenz)

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Winning hearts and minds, one frightened child at a time. Continue Reading…

You’ve got to smoke a lot of weed as an NBA player to get suspended for it. But maybe this is just a guerrilla tanking tactic, in which case: well played, Arnett!

Dei Lynam with the report:

Second-year forward Arnett Moultrie has been suspended for five games by the NBA for violating the league’s anti-drug policy.

According to league policy, five games is the penalty for a third failed test for marijuana use. The first offense carries no penalty and the second offense a $25,000 fine. Following a third violation, each subsequent suspension is raised by five games.

Jesus man. Invest in a decent masking agent or something.

The Sixers Won

Kyle Scott —  March 30, 2014 — 10 Comments

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I was rooting against the Sixers last night, hard. They actually could’ve accomplished something in this steaming pile of a season. It would’ve been a unique distinction to be the tankiest of all tankers ever. But they flashed some pride and crushed the Pistons. Good for them, I suppose. I’m disappointed. But I respect their effort last night.

And you got to appreciate Brett Brown. He’s up-front about what’s going on and intensely passionate about the future. His post-game press conference last night was fantastic. Watch this part where he talks about young players. It’s… moving. Or at least certainly more moving than anything Doug Collins said last season during press conferences in which he seemed more interested in talking about his son’s college coaching career and being deeply introspective about his own legacy than basketball.

“You know, the 76ers don’t even have cheerleaders. They have grief counselors.” Also: 1:30 mark.

H/T to (@sauerpower36)

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Last night on ABC’s World News, the once-great evening newscast that has quickly turned into Diane Sawyer just being in awe of things, there was a two-minute segment about the Sixers and their quest to lose the most consecutive games in NBA history. In true World News fashion, the feature was mostly just a correspondent dumbing things down so uneducated grandmothers from Nebraska could understand why it’s actually best for the Sixers to lose.

Video after the jump. I assume that the segment after this was David Muir riding through a small Ohio town in a Chevy to discover the true fabric of America while Diane Sawyer sighed with great wonderment. Continue Reading…

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Andrew Bynum is once again out indefinitely with knee pain. This shouldn’t surprise anyone, but it undoubtedly disappointed Pacers fans, who must have been bullish about Bynum’s potential contributions after putting up 23 points and 18 rebounds in his first two games in Indiana.

As for Bynum? He probably doesn’t care. The additional time off allows him to take care of other essential tasks during games.

via (@its_whitney)

Hot.

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