Right now in the Twitter accounts of local athletes who aren’t playing:
The prototype cleats above, which are certainly more stylish than any of the other cleats McNabb wore, were found by Matt Barkley while he was hanging around the NovaCare Complex(?). Barkley was presumably looking for some flashy kicks because he wanted to look his best for his catch with Jimmy Kempski.
Donovan, you’re free right? You can swing on by and pick those up anytime.
And Joel Embiid knows someone who is does passable Photoshop work:
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 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.
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.
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.
A whole bunch of NBA-related jersey news came out yesterday, as the Adidas catalog went out to vendors. By now, many of you probably heard about the gold tab on the back of the neck, signifying if your team has won an NBA title and how many. But Paul Lukas at Uni-Watch threw up a bunch more info today, including those 76ers Christmas Day jerseys you see above. That doesn’t mean, however, that the Sixers will play in them:
“Keep in mind that the NBA schedule wasn’t yet done when these designs were created, so the league and Adidas didn’t know who’d be playing on Christmas Day. But they had to have designs ready for retail orders, so they created a Christmas design for every team, even though most of them will never make it onto the court. That’s standard practice — they did the same thing last year and the year before that. I’m not sure if the schedule has been finalized by now, but it certainly hasn’t been publicly released, so we still don’t know who’ll be playing on Dec. 25 (although certain teams, like the Knicks, pretty much always play on that date).”
The surprisingly sleeveless jerseys will also feature players’ first names on the back, under the number, instead of their surname. This creates a strange situation if Dallas plays, because Chandler Parsons’ jersey will say “Chandler” on the back, while Tyson Chandler’s (whose jersey usually says Chandler) will not. And if the Sixers do play on Christmas, the NBA just screwed up big time. Attention NBA: You had the chance to have a player’s Christmas Day jersey say “Noel” on the back. Now, it’s going to say “Nerlens.” The song is not “The First Nerlens” is it, NBA? You screwed up.
When talk of advanced analytics and stockpiling assets and building your team the right way comes up, locally it’s usually about Sam Hinkie and the way we hope things shake out. But back in Hinkie’s former home of Houston, the discussion centers on Daryl Morey, the GM of the Rockets and Hinkie’s mentor. Just a search of their names together brings up “the proper way to stockpile assets” and using the “get-a-superstar playbook.” They’ve even co-authored a Grantland piece about the similarities and differences between their approach and the so-called Moneyball way of doing it.
For a Sixers fan who looks at the team we have now and the team the Houston Rockets have, it can be exciting to imagine that as the future of our team. But there are those that say, “what if it’s not?” And still others, after a rough off-season thus far for the Rockets, who warn, “what if it is?” The Rockets haven’t finished higher than fourth in their conference under Morey.
In a piece published on Medium, writer T.D. Williams warned “the most-celebrated, highest-profile general manager in recent history hasn’t actually won anything.” Williams, of Morey’s tenure, says:
“Within the vast coverage of Morey’s tenure, one quickly identifies a trend: the headlines are bold; the results not as much. Each piece is as formulaic as a clichéd bar joke; the terms brilliance, risk, forward-thinking, and advanced are bandied about casually, as if they are implicitly true, but without much substance to support them. The anecdotes drift into territory that is as absurd as it is counterintuitive.”
Then there’s the reluctance to criticize someone using advanced metrics – understandable, since advanced metrics are still very foreign to many people – even when their “metrics” are the same ones you use at home: Continue reading