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You know, technically he’s not wrong. He’s just missing some words in that sentence. “Nerlens Noel finished 3rd in voting for Defensive Player of the Year on the ballot of Jason Jackson of Sun Sports.” So technically, Noel did finish third “in vote,” but not “in voting.” The overall results looked like this:
While we commend Noel for an impressive season, it looks like O’Neil put on his CEO hat and spun “one DPOY vote” into that not wrong, but also not totally right Tweet. That hashtag game is on point though. #spinmaster
Kyle: Kind of impressed by this. Not gonna lie. That sort of PR chicanery doesn’t grow off trees… except maybe the ones in the arboretum at Villanova.8 Comments
This is pretty much the opposite of the Tebow news. Iverson premieres May 16th.8 Comments
Earlier this season, word leaked out of the Sixers that Joel Embiid had been sent home from a road trip to work on his rehab. Earlier this week, Brett Brown said that at times coaching Embiid was “frustrating.” And now, Howard Eskin (who smiled so hard after writing that tweet that he passed out) reports that Embiid was fined earlier this year for missing rehab sessions.
As Liberty Ballers points out, this doesn’t sound great but the problem is likely behind both the Sixers and Embiid. It doesn’t really help for those people who were already having Bynum flashbacks though. Still, no need to worry … I’m sure Embiid can afford “thousands of dollars.”9 Comments
It’s an implied thing that only Marcus Hayes heard – that Brett Brown was giving Sixers management an ultimatum – multiple times throughout Brown’s conversation with the media on Thursday night. As Hayes put it, “The two words Brett Brown never spoke resounded loudest in his final interviews of the season.” Nope:
“I hope that if we can have something that is stable and consistent that we are going to be able to talk a little bit easier at this time next year.”
. . . or else.
Nope. Never mind that after Brown made those comments, he said that consistency can’t trump the fact that they’re looking for talent. But what about the misguided idea that Sam Hinkie only drafts players who can’t play immediately in order to prolong the tank:
“If it happens again – I won’t lie, you’re going to bite your lip,” Brown said, chuckled a bit, and continued the joke: “I do admit, in my own contract negotiations, nobody explained to me fully that, for a few years, you might not have your draft picks.”
Translation: Hinkie better not select another long-range Euro star or a high-ceiling player with a year of rehab ahead of him.
. . . or else.
Nope. Brown, throughout the season, has expressed frustration, hope, pride, and any number of other emotions. He’s never come off as fed up, or indignant, or over it. That “or else” is coming straight from the cranky mind of Hayes, who, like Howard Eskin, thinks he’s speaking for the common fan. Is he? Continue reading6 Comments
In a battle to see who can score fewer points this evening, the Sixers reached deep into their bag of tanking tricks and let Nerlens Noel – of course not playing because, ah, you know, some ankle thing or whatever they put on the injury report – draw up a play. I texted Jim about his Tweet, and unfortunately for the Sixers, the play… worked:
I remember when John Kruk got to manage the last game of the year in the early 90s, and I think the Phillies won. Maybe Brett Brown should tell Noel to step away from the whiteboard.
UPDATE: Everyone gets a turn!9 Comments
There’s one big reason why the fans (and front offices) of both the Sixers and Heat won’t want to win tonight’s game: Miami’s first-round draft pick.
No matter tonight’s outcome, the fate of the pick will not be totally sealed. Miami is locked into finishing 10th or 11th from the bottom. Period. Nothing can change that. And the lottery has many tricks up its sleeve. But here’s what it comes down to: If the Heat finish with the 10th worst record, the Sixers have a 9.1% of lucking into their (the Heat’s) top-10 protected lottery pick. If the Heat finish 11th, those odds jump to 97.1%, and it’s up to the lottery to screw the Sixers over.
So why would both teams want to lose? If the Heat lose …
If the Sixers lose and …
So let’s go Sixers… but also also the Heat and the Magic and the Knicks. The association!17 Comments