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The Sixers, currently 0-14, actually played one of their better games this year against the Trailblazers last night. Yet, still a loss. This is bound to happen many more times this season, but how long will it be before the Sixers have a one in that win column? Mike Missanelli and Charles Barkley made a little bet about it.
Missanelli and Barkley both figure it’ll be a while before the Sixers win their first game, so they might as well get a little something out of it. Missanelli and Barkley agreed to a bet which states Missanelli will donate $200 to a charity of Barkley’s choice for each loss (thus losing money), and Barkley will join the Mike Missanelli Show the day after every Sixers loss (thus having to do stuff, which Charles hates). This will continue until they win that first game. The Sixers getting that first win so everyone can shut up about it would be nice, but money to charity is aways good and so is more Sir Charles on the radio.
But there is a technicality, according to the press release: “The 76ers are currently 0 and 14 and will play the San Antonio Spurs on Monday, Dec 1st the day the bet begins. If the 76ers win a game before that, the bet is off.” That leaves the Nets and Mavericks as the Sixers’ only possible bet-cancelling wins, so this thing will probably remain intact.
Apparently that is a thing he does.
Furkan Aldemir, a 6’10” power forward not named Dario Saric, was originally acquired by the Sixers in the Hinkiest of ways: “Aldemir was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers with the 53rd pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and then had his rights shipped immediately to the Houston Rockets … The Sixers obtained his rights in the deal that brought Royce White to PCOM for a few weeks in exchange for a Top-55 protected pick that the Rockets will never see.” Aldemir signed a new three-year contract in May with Galatasaray Istanbul, in Turkey, but it looks like that may be null and void since the dude hasn’t been paid in five months.
According to Euro Hoops, Aldemir has decided to terminate his contract with Galatasaray due to the lack of payment. Euro Hoops continues, saying Aldemir “is expected to cross the Atlantic and continue his career in the NBA with the Sixers who own his NBA rights.”
Aldemir is, according to the Sixers, “one of the best rebounders in all of international basketball,” and he’s averaging 8.5 points (on 65.3% shooting) and 9.6 rebounds in 23.6 minutes per game. Will his play improve the team by much? Can he even make it worse? We don’t know. But just be warned if someone says “Furkan Aldemir,” they aren’t having a stroke, they’re just talking basketball. Sixers basketball.
Photo via Nice Kicks
Allen Iverson was basically the face of Reebok from 1996 until the mid-2000s, and they were still putting out new Iverson sneakers (not re-issues) until 2009. There was a period of time where every family within the city limits of Philadelphia had at least one pair of these in the house, and to this day, Iverson (along with Shaq) is probably the one athlete most affiliated with Reebok in people’s minds. That is why Iverson’s lawyer made a whole fuss over those Nike shoes above.
According to the Associated Press, those Nike sneakers — part of the Zoom Flight ’96 collection — will no longer be released. Nice Kicks described the shoe as an “imagined Allen Iverson PE of the classic 1996 hoops shoe, featuring a 76ers color palette of blue nubuck with red and white accents … a speckled midsole, ice clear outsole and AI’s #3 on each heel.” Iverson’s lawyer described the shoe as an unauthorized use of Iverson’s identity, likeness, and persona. Nike says the shoe will still come out, but in “other color schemes” and presumably without the #3 on the back. If you’re really dying for an Iverson sneaker though, there are always the old stand-bys.
And that is a sentence I never thought I’d type.
When Kyle and I sat down with Scott O’Neil to talk about the business side of the Sixers, the toll all of these losses take, and the in-arena experience, O’Neil mentioned wanting to give back to the fans who show up to watch what is unquestionably a bad basketball team (my words, not his). And Monday night, they will give back if you give back… an entire box of macaroni and cheese.
The Sixers are hosting … you know what? I can’t even type these words myself, here’s what the press release says:
The Philadelphia 76ers today announced details for the first-ever macaroni & cheese drive, taking place on “Mac & Cheese Monday,” November 24 when they host the Portland Trail Blazers at 7:00 p.m. to benefit regional food bank Philabundance.
Fans in attendance are encouraged to bring one or more boxes of macaroni and cheese – one of Philabundance’s the most needed food items – to the game, and will be asked to use them as noisemakers for the first half of the game. At halftime, bins will be available on the concourse for fans to drop off their donations.
Fans who donate will receive a voucher for two tickets to an upcoming 2014-15 Sixers home game.
Please, please, please do not use the mac and cheese boxes as noisemakers. Donate food? Yes. Get free tickets in exchange? Sure. Shake boxes of mac and cheese around like this is some post-apocalyptic world where mac and cheese is currency and you’re placing a bet on a cock fight? Hell no.
Email from reader Joseph:
This has to be a new low. According to Papa Johns, a Sixers “Win” = any time they score 90+ points. This is a change from the other teams, who have to score a certain number of points, goals, or runs AND actually win the game.
What’s more incredible – or sad… probably sad – is that this is the first time the Sixers have “won” in their last five games.
Late last night/early this morning, after the Sixers fell to 0-11, Liberty Ballers‘ Michael Levin tweeted sarcastically, “do u think the sixers are tanking? yell your opinion repeatedly on twitter dot com.” We all know what is happening, and many fans are okay with it. But the national media focus on it — and the stupid “Could Kentucky beat them?” argument — has been on a high over the last few days. Levin likely expected a few Tweets in response from angry fans, or ones in agreement. He probably didn’t expect this, from rookie K.J. McDaniels’ mom:
She was then later nice enough to formally answer the question:
And then she took a stroll through Levin’s recent timeline, just dropping some knowledge:
So she’s seen the product on the court and is not happy about it. In fact, she hasn’t been happy about it for some time now. Here’s a Tweet from 49 days ago:
Oh. At least we know she won’t be down at the WFC with a “That’s My Boy #14″ sign anytime soon. But do we think (impressive) McDaniels will re-sign when that one-year contract is up or naw?
Dude, I would have happily taken those tickets off of your hands if you didn’t want to watch the Sixers. But, since you reminded me the Cavs/Spurs game is on, I’m alright.
Sixers sideline reporter Molly Sullivan tweeted today that she is filming a promo for live Sixers game streaming on the NBC Sports Live Extra app. That’s a pretty big deal. Regional sports networks are literally the last content vertical to embrace streaming. League packages have always come with local blackout restrictions, and you even have to wait a period of time (~24 hours) to watch an archived broadcast of a local NBA or NHL game. But Sixers games are now available to stream,* we believe locally, on that NBC Sports Live Extra app as long as you are a CSN Philly subscriber with participating cable provider. In other words: you still have to pay a cable bill that includes Comcast SportsNet, which, if you’re Sixers center Henry Sims, you won’t be doing anytime soon.
You know who’s happy about this development? The creepers are happy about this development:
This guy‘s happy about it, too.
Sources say the move to streaming will bring the average regular season Sixers viewing audience up to… 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6… six people.
*Apparently, this is already a thing and we missed it.
UPDATE: A CSN rep says there are very few geographic restrictions and that you can log in and access the stream as long as you are in the United States. There’s a full FAQ here, with this interesting bit:
Q: How do I stream the Flyers?
A: The National Hockey League has not yet granted live, local streaming rights. We hope to come to agreement on terms that will enable us to offer those games and other Flyers-related programming on CSNPhilly.com and via Live Extra in the future.