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Katie Nolan Lists the Reasons Why Rihanna Should Date Joel Embiid

Katie Nolan and her heart-shaped mouth recorded their spot for FOX Sports 1 yesterday. It’s been posted on Nolan’s YouTube account, because undoubtedly more people will see it there than on FOX Sports 1, which means this whole Embiid Twitter thing has gone national and there’s an actual chance that Joel Embiid will sit the bench this year while side-piecing RIHANNA and presumably tweeting about it the whole damn time, which, let’s be honest, will be, like, a minute (literal and figurative).

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I’ve rooted for many things as a blogger, but this one may be at the top of the list. Bored Sixers draft pick with active Twitter fingers has an illicit steam-fest with the her-own-crotch-obsessed Rihanna, who’s actually using the rookie to get to Mychal Kendricks across the street, all with the specter of Chris Brown lurking in the background to beat the shit out of all three of them????? OH MY GOD YES AND PLEASE, SIRS. I am on Team Joel here. And so is Nolan. In fact, Nolan and I are co-captains. Friends, even. We’re in this together. Me and Katie, and Joel and Ri-Ri… and Chris and Mychal. Hashtag Johanna.


If The Sixers Get Dion Waiters, Can We Borrow That “Coming Home” Song?

The hell with LeBron, if this deal goes through we’re gonna load up that song on a Zune and send it to Dion Waiters: According to reports, the Cleveland/Minnesota deal for Kevin Love may rope the 76ers in and bring Philly-native Dion Waiters back home:

“According to Sam Amico of FOX Sports Ohio, the Sixers may be interested in Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters. The speculation is that the Cavaliers and Timberwolves are in talks, as the Cavs are trying to acquire the T-Wolves star forward Kevin Love.

Amico’s report says there are “league-wide whispers” that the Sixers could be the third team involved in the deal, in pursuit of Waiters. Waiters, who played high school ball in Burlington, New Jersey, [was] born in Philadelphia.”

The rumor is that Thad Young would move to Minnesota in the deal, and dropping Thad for Dion would save the Sixers about $5 million over each of the next two seasons. However, as we have seen time and time again with Sam Hinkie, rumors probably don’t mean much.


Joel Embiid Moves on to Rihanna, Continues to be Great at Twitter

Joel Embiid tweeted today, shifting his focus from Kim Kardashian to Rihanna — good move Joel —  and then he reported on his own tweets. Embiid continues to be great at twitter, and that’s really going to come in handy when he’s not playing basketball.


It’s Okay, Chip Kelly, Sam Hinkie Has Enough Secrets for Both of You

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This morning, we found out that Chip Kelly hates secrecy so much that he does not believe in doors. But over the weekend, USA Today profiled a man in charge of another team in the city, and found out that he thrives in secrecy.

In yesterday’s USA Today, there was an actually well-done profile of Sam Hinkie. Not unlike The Onion piece from this morning, there was very little in there about what his plans are, but there were some terrific insights into Hinkie the man. It’s really a must-read, and introduces us to what Sam Hinkie’s life has been leading up to this, before he became the shadowy figure we (barely) know now. But ignoring all of the personal life stuff, there was also this:

“Hinkie resides in a realm of the professional sports universe increasingly shrouded by anonymity, often granted carte blanche by reporters reliant on ever-shrinking access, creating a media landscape where even the most benign news is often simply attributed to ‘sources.’

He is used to operating behind the scenes, and although he pursued and accepted a role and career path that demands public scrutiny, he’s answerable to no one but his conscience, his family and the team’s multi-billionaire managing owner, a man whose own patience seems to run as deep as his pockets.

Hinkie will generally explain his reasoning after the fact, but steadfastly refuses to tip his hand.

The hiding, the silence, it’s strategic, of course.”

But all of the secrecy and strategy and actual studying of other GMs can only do so much, and Hinkie knows that:

“Hinkie uses secrecy as a tactical weapon and voraciously reads the work of NBA reporters, studying other GMs to try to decipher what makes them tick …

But now, on this afternoon in early May, Hinkie doesn’t know when — or even if — the 76ers will win another NBA championship. There are factors outside his control, and though he innovates and crunches numbers and masters the probabilities, Lady Luck will have her say.”

USA Today pulls out the “pay no attention to that man behind the curtain” line about Hinkie’s secrecy, and it’s really on the nose. We hope Hinkie’s actions are less of a charade than the Wizard’s were, but like the chosen savior of Oz, Hinkie shares a little about his private and personal life here, while still keeping secret what he’s actually doing behind those very locked doors. I just hope it’s more than yanking a bunch of levels, willy-nilly.


I Really Doubt the NBA Will Be Able to Create a Compelling Mid-Season Tournament

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Photo credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Another one of Adam Silver’s ideas is to hold a mid-season NBA tournament, which would generate interest in what would otherwise be mundane mid-season matchups, give teams a chance to compete for more than just one title, and, most importantly, make money.

The concept is laid out in this article:

“The competition committee talked about and seemed excited about potentially [running] some sort of midseason tournament,” Silver said this week. “[We are in the] very early days in the discussion of that, but we’re looking at other opportunities in the league to create excitement. As one of our general managers said at the meeting, there’s very few things that you can win in the NBA. When you think about European soccer, for example, they have the FA Cup and they have other tournaments throughout the season.”

Matt Yoder of Awful Announcing presented his thoughts on how this could be structured:

The format could take a number of different avenues. The league would need to figure out format, location, time, schedule, television partners, and a number of other factors.

But ingenuity and innovation isn’t supposed to be easy.

Why not allow the NBDL Finalists to take part for a 32 team tournament? Not only would this clean up the format, it would also provide a fantastic opportunity for some of the charm of the cup tournament that truly makes it special in the soccer world. Additionally, it would be great publicity for the NBA’s developmental league.

Could an NBA knockout tournament be a television success? Absolutely! Turner Sports has plenty of experience televising the NCAA Tournament and the NBA could theoretically follow the exact same format if it played out in home arenas across the country. You could have Raptors-Knicks playing at Noon in Madison Square Garden at the same time Celtics-Grizzlies was tipping off in Boston. If the tournament took place at one site in Las Vegas, the entire tournament could easily be played over the course of two weeks.

I love the general idea, but the concept may be flawed from the outset. Several reasons:

1) The FA Cup in England works because it’s not just teams from the Premier League playing for yet another Premier League-sponsored title. It’s teams from the Premier League and other leagues from around England competing for a separate title. Sure, usually the best teams from the Premier League will win, but lesser teams are given a chance on the big stage, and the format is different enough to make winning it actually mean something. If the NBA holds a mid-season tournament with just the top 4-6 teams in the league, as described in the article, then essentially they’d just be holding substantially less meaningful version of the NBA Playoffs. No one will care. You’d want this mid-season tournament to give lesser teams a chance to win something, or at least compete.

Yoder proposes including D-league teams. I think that’s a great start, but why stop there? For something like this to really work, you’d need to include “basketball teams” from all over the place. Who hasn’t wondered if the best college teams could beat the worst NBA teams? The NCAA is a business, and its players may soon be compensated, so why not open the tournament up to the AP top 5 in the NCAA? It was mentioned that the tournament could include games played in Mexico and London, so why not give international teams a shot? It sounds crazy, but the reason things like the FA Cup work is because they are tournaments with teams from many levels and leagues. The NBA holding yet another competition to find out the best team in its league is redundant and stupid. Which brings us to point number two.

*As noted by Yoder, high-level English soccer teams may have three or more things going on at once: the Premier League (the main domestic league), the FA Cup (a cup competition between Premier League teams and teams from lesser leagues), and the Champions League (a season-long league with the best from around Europe– arguably the most important league) or Europa League (teams that couldn’t get into the Champions League). Continue reading

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The Onion Knows How You Feel About Sam Hinkie

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Over the weekend, The Onion broke out the most “barely competent cartoon snowman” looking picture of Sam Hinkie to show that they get your frustrations. For example:

“‘The Sixers are more than $30 million under the cap, which means they can theoretically make a number of moves that leave their fans humiliated and utterly hopeless, all without having to pay any luxury tax,’ said ESPN NBA analyst Marc Jackson, adding that Philadelphia has enough salary to offer inflated long-term contracts to multiple incredibly over-hyped free agents, effectively torpedoing the team’s playoff hopes for the next decade. ‘They have plenty of options at this point. Do they pay way too much for a declining, 32-year-old Carlos Boozer? Or do they opt to just throw away future draft picks in order to build a team around the fatally flawed core of Amar’e Stoudemire, Derrick Williams, and Joel Embiid? With this much money available, there are just so many ways they can perpetually infuriate every single basketball fan in Philadelphia for the foreseeable future.’”

Good one, The Onion, but don’t you know that Hinkie will most likely use none of that money at all? Oh, you do:

“Jackson went on to say the most likely scenario would be the 76ers simply refusing to spend any money at all and forcing their fans to watch the current roster play another full season.”

Yeah, you get it.


The NBA Could Reform the Lottery as Early as Next Year

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But everyone had some much fun!

Is it just me, or is Adam Silver acting like his job is on the line, rather than acting like it was just handed to him months ago, as it was? With the Sterling situation, uni changes, the idea of a mid-season tournament, and now potential lottery reform, Silver has done more in his five months of Commissioner-dom than some of the other guys have done in five years.

According to Grantland, the anti-tanking inspired lottery reform could come as early as next season. A proposal is currently being discussed at competition committee meetings in Las Vegas, and it could do a big part in curtailing the current tanking trend. Sorry Hinkie.

According to Grantland:

“Under the current system, the team with the worst record has a 25 percent chance of snagging the no. 1 pick, perhaps the most valuable asset in the entire NBA. The team with the second-worst record has a 19.9 percent chance of winning the no. 1 pick, and the third-worst team enters the lottery with a 15.6 percent chance of moving up to the top slot. The odds decline from there, with the final five teams in the lottery — the teams with the five best records — each having a 1.1 percent or worse chance of moving up to no. 1.

The league’s proposal gives at least the four worst teams the same chance at winning the no. 1 pick: approximately an identical 11 percent shot for each club. The odds decline slowly from there, with the team in the next spot holding a 10 percent chance. The lottery team with the best record will have a 2 percent chance of leaping to the no. 1 pick, up from the the minuscule 0.5 percent chance it has under the current system.

The proposal also calls for the drawing of the first six picks via the Ping-Pong ball lottery, sources say. The current lottery system actually involves the drawing of only the top three selections. The rest of the lottery goes in order of record, from worst to best, after the top-three drawing is over.”

The Cavaliers would, of course, still be handed the top pick (or maybe the Heat now). There’s a lot more that goes into the actual implementation of this — and Zach Lowe does a good job of breaking that all down — but it just shows even further that Adam Silver isn’t messing around.



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