From tonight’s Philly-set episode:
Sometimes it’s the things you love that hurt you the most.
From tonight’s Philly-set episode:
Sometimes it’s the things you love that hurt you the most.
Jim Adair - January 25, 2016
Last night’s Sixers game was U-G-L-Y, and there’s no alibi Brett Brown is buying. The usually chipper and optimistic Brown was feeling the post-snow blues and cut his post-game press conference short. The few words he did say weren’t positive:
“I don’t even know what team I coached tonight. That’s not who we are. Fortunately we got a few wins on the board previous to this game where you can say, ‘Yeah, I agree, we see what you saw.’ I’m not going to be out of control with my comment, that’s what we saw. We were poor.”
“Oh great, here comes a blind hipster Hinkie defense,” you say, but let me open with this: Jerry Colangelo deserves a lion’s share of the credit for the way the team is playing. His arrival can’t be ignored. The Sixers have added Ish Smith and Mike D’Antoni (two men who had re-invigorated the offensive play of this team), and Smith has nearly single-handedly grabbed the team five wins.
According to Dick Jerardi, this (and other old arguments) means Sam Hinkie should be fired. That’s wrong.
Before even getting to Jerardi’s column, let’s remind everyone again that Colangelo has described his Sixers gig as part-time and remote. That’s not a GM. And if you want to fire Hinkie to just bring someone else in who will basically answer phone calls and emails until you can see what Jerry wants to do, that’s not gonna work.
Jerardi, because he’s as stuck in the past as you can be without being Marcus Hayes (or John Smallwood), opens his column with this:
“The Sixers coach liked his Rookie of the Year point guard. The general manager traded him. The coach liked his point guard at the end of last season. The general manager neglected to resign him.”
Without getting into not re-signing Ish last year (reports claim he turned down a Sixers offer, but it’s still a bad look), let’s look at the ROTY argument, again. Ish Smith is great for this team at this stage, but on the whole he’s an average-level NBA point guard. MCW is “former Rookie of the Year.” Let’s compare this season:
And now let’s look at MCW’s numbers with the Bucks vs. Ish’s numbers with the Sixers, going back to last year:
Not too different in many key categories. Yet one is the former Rookie of the Year MCW* and the other is career journeyman Ish Smith. But let’s let Jerardi continue:
“Sam Hinkie, the general manager should have been fired long ago for basketball malpractice, selling a dream based on ping pong balls and the future drafting of the next LeBron James. Beyond that nonsense that became clear in the moments after Hinkie drafted an injured Joel Embiid and what eventually became the rights to Dario Saric …
Still, this team is far from contending for anything but ping pong balls. Forget the four first-round draft choices. That is just marketing. I watch college basketball. I like Ben Simmons too, but I don’t see any other potential franchise changers. In fact, consider this. Anthony Davis is the most talented college player I have watched this century. He is one of the world’s best players. The New Orleans Pelicans are 16-27.”
Four (potential, likely at least three) first round draft picks is JUST MARKETING? Actually, Dick, those picks equal college players, which you pick in this thing called the draft, and then they’re on your team. Those young players frequently have talent and potential. That’s how you build a team. For example, did you know Kevin Durant was drafted using a draft pick? Steph Curry too. First round picks are important, and that’s why (unless you’re Billy King) teams rarely get rid of them unless they find themselves in a bind. Hinkie, for all his shortcomings, positioned the Sixers to be the team that helped you get out of that bind. Continue Reading
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Hey, if you don’t wanna cry today, maybe don’t watch this tribute Chris Fowler did to one of his co-workers before broadcasting Australian Open tennis:
Pey-ton’s in the Su-per Bowl
Caption this pic To the nationwide tune… "Dad your farts smell real-ly bad" "Son you better hold your nose" pic.twitter.com/2Fu0sJz2d1
— Stephen J Compton (@StephenJCompton) January 25, 2016
How disrespectful of these Eagles fans pretending to be Pats fans:
— Brian McLaughlin (@BriMcL17) January 25, 2016
Mike Trout: Weather dork.
Stoners gonna stone:
— Brian McLaughlin (@BriMcL17) January 24, 2016
Ryan Glasspiegel of The Big Lead on how the Eagles made a mockery of the Rooney Rule. Kyle: I completely disagree with this. The rule, set up as it is, is patronizing to minority candidates, who, perhaps like Duce Staley, often aren’t seriously considered, but get their names put out their followed by “which allows [team] to fulfill the Rooney Rule.” When you have such a high-profile job search, it’s hard to implement something like this without making it out to be a farce.
— Dan Leppold (@dolostone) January 23, 2016
Super Bowl 50 will be Evan Mathis vs. Kurt Coleman, if you wanna just feel really great about it.
Spring training is almost here, but it seems to far away:
— Phillies (@Phillies) January 23, 2016
Winter Storm Jonas officially ranks as the fourth biggest winter storm in Philadelphia history, so you can complain about shoveling out yesterday for a couple of weeks.
Weather Channel brought out the drones:
Pat Shurmur, who was long rumored to be the front-runner for the Eagles head coaching job though it looks like he was fourth or fifth, has been hired by the Vikings as an assistant.
Philly’s own Danny Garcia snagged the vacant WBC welterweight title this weekend.
Jessica Camerato, CSN’s newest Sixers reporter, is already doing great things:
SMU and their dumb, math-challenged, old man coach Larry Brown entered their game with Temple this weekend as college basketball’s only undefeated team. They didn’t leave that way. Also, Villanova may have lost to Providence.
I think this dude fell over on purpose just to be touched by a Panther.
Every All-Star Game needs more fire:
Oh IT'S LIT. Linus Omark lights his stick on fire at the KHL All Star Game because why the hell not? pic.twitter.com/9N07bYIXPQ
— Jordie (@BarstoolJordie) January 23, 2016
During Jonas, both the Duquesne basketball team and the Temple women’s gymnastics team were stranded for hours on their buses. All the reports focused on boredom and food, but, yo, how about those bus bathrooms?
Here’s your reminder to HAVE BETTER PASSWORDS.
Latest one below, recording a fresh take today.
Jim Adair - January 22, 2016
Guys, they’re just doing their jobs out there. Don’t pelt them with snowballs. They’re trying their best.
TV reporters are under attack in Philadelphia! pic.twitter.com/s9nibhla7h
— Dan McQuade (@dhm) January 23, 2016
Actually, you know what? Go ahead. And if you see Steve Keeley out there: Bombs away.
Below, the end of his speech where he thanks his imaginary friend Rocky Balboa:
Jim Adair - January 6, 2016
The Sixers haven’t beaten many teams this season. And the ones they have been victorious over aren’t exactly making title runs. But when you’re playing a team in December or January, and you’re only their second or fourth win, losing might lead to some soul-searching. For a couple of teams, a loss to the Sixers sent them spiraling into full-on “what does it all mean” mode.
First, they beat the Lakers, but no one really cared because the Lakers are garbage. They’re not even trying:
Lakers GM tells ESPN that this season is all about Kobe and development takes a back seat until Kobe is gone: https://t.co/EAlQwEvUEn
— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) January 6, 2016
The Sixers’ second win was against the Suns. That one almost cost head coach Jeff Hornacek his job, and actually did get assistants Mike Longabardi and Jerry Sichting fired. A couple of days later, they beat the Kings, which led to the Sacramento fans booing their own team and George Karl questioning his roster.
The Sixers’ fourth and most recent win came against the Minnesota Timberwolves. They took it the hardest. After being straight-up outplayed and outworked by Richaun Holmes, Carl Landry, and Ish Smith, the T’Wolves had a breakdown yesterday:
The day after the Minnesota Timberwolves’ most embarrassing performance of the season, the reeling group gathered at their practice facility ready to get back to work.
Only they didn’t practice at all. Instead, interim coach Sam Mitchell brought the team together at center court for 90 minutes of talk and soul searching, giving each player the opportunity to offer his view on what wasn’t working and what had to change going forward.
The T’Wolves loss to the Sixers was so earth-shatteringly awful they weren’t even able to practice. Ricky Rubio asked what it all means, finally realizing the absurdity of just tossing a ball around. Zach Lavine broke down crying after a windmill dunk, whimpering that “none of it even matters, because we’ll all be dead someday.” Kevin Garnett still yelled at everyone. And then the team resumed the Sisyphean task of trying to battle their way into the playoffs, only to settle right in the middle and start all over again.
Jim Adair - January 4, 2016
Four early candidates for the job:
Let’s start it all off with the most intriguing option, Bears Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase. Gase is intriguing because he’s the young gun of the group. For example, look at how embarrassingly short his Wikipedia page is:
He’s also currently the prettiest girl at the dance – a cross-eyed Vladimir Putin – with no fewer than three interviews lined up (Eagles, Browns, Dolphins). He’s speaking to the Eagles tomorrow, his first interview. If he lands a head coaching job, he’ll be the youngest in the NFL. “He’s known as a smart, ultra-competitive offensive mind who’s capable of improving quarterback production,” said the Chicago Tribune. He specializes in “scheming to maximize players’ strengths and relating well with players.” Relating well with players? That’ll be to his benefit. The Browns are expected to “go hard” for him, but they might not be the best fit since Gase supposedly favors “big, pocket passers.” Sam Bradford is an inch taller than Gase’s current QB, Jay Cutler. Continue Reading
Jim Adair - December 29, 2015
Michael Irvin pulled out all the grammatical tricks on this one. I think it translates roughly to:
Few [get to] taste [the] sweet nectar [of] revenge but @DeSeanJackson11 returned [home] & won [the] EAST. [He] sent [home the] @Eagles & got [the] man [that] FIRED HIM[,] Chip Kelly[,] FIRED
There you go. Wait, what?