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Evan Turner Got Completely Stuffed by LeBron James Last Night

Meep meep.

via The Big Lead


Scott O’Neil Uses CEO Speak to Oversell Nerlens’ One DPOY Vote

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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:

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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.


Here’s the Newest Trailer for Showtime’s Iverson Documentary

This is pretty much the opposite of the Tebow news. Iverson premieres May 16th.


Report: The Sixers Fined Joel Embiid for Issues with his Work Ethic

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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.”


Marcus Hayes Wrote a Whole Column about Something Brett Brown Didn’t Say


“Or else.”

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 reading


The Sixers Will Have Sleeved Jerseys “Eventually”

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Sleeved jerseys look terrible, but if the NBA is gonna push them (and all of the major market teams do) there’s no reason the Sixers shouldn’t. I’m sure a lot of Sixers fans are less than comfortable with the tank.

Kyle: Not me, baby. Couple of pythons hanging off this frame.


The Sixers, Who Would Benefit Greatly by Losing to the Heat, Let (Update) Everyone on the Team Draw up Plays!

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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:

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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!

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The Sixers Should Lose Tonight

Photo Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

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 …

  • Miami is locked into the 10 spot, giving the Sixers only a 9.1% chance at getting their pick.

If the Sixers lose and …

  • The Magic beat the Nets:
    • Miami and Brooklyn will tie for the 10th spot in the lottery.
    • Both teams will split the balls for the 10 and 11 spot, with one team winning a coin-flip for one extra ping-pong ball and who would draft first if neither team jumps into the top 3. If the Heat were to lose that coin-flip, the Sixers would have their 97.1% chance at the pick.
  • The Knicks beat the Pistons:
    • The Sixers and Knicks will tie for the second spot in the lottery.
    • The Sixers gain up to 22 more ping-pong balls and have a better chance at jumping up to the first or second pick.

So let’s go Sixers… but also also the Heat and the Magic and the Knicks. The association!

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