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Five Thoughts on the Sixers, Now that the NBA Season is Officially Back

Kevin Kinkead - June 4, 2020

The NBA’s return to play is now official, with the Board of Governors voting today to approve a 22-team format in Orlando, Florida to begin late next month:

Shams Charania reported that Portland was the lone team to vote against the proposal. The Blazers are currently 3.5 games behind Memphis in the west and need to make up some ground to sneak into the eight seed or force a play-in game.

Additionally, the draft is scheduled for mid-October while the lottery will take place in August. We’ll get the full details soon, and learn about the specific arrangements and rule adjustments (if any) to make up for the lack of postseason home court advantage.

Until then, here are five thoughts on the Sixers and where they stand:

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On a Neutral Floor, the NBA is Looking at Some Unique Replacements for Home Court Advantage

Kevin Kinkead - June 4, 2020

God willing, we’ll have official confirmation of the NBA’s return to play when the Board of Governors holds a conference call this afternoon.

The BOG is expected to approve a 22-team format that will begin next month in Orlando, with squads playing eight regular season games to finish the year before advancing to the playoffs.

This gives your team, your town, your 76ers an opportunity to move up to the 4th or 5th seed, which would determine whether they play the Celtics or Heat in the first round (or somebody else if there’s a big shakeup). There is no home court advantage with 22 teams moving to a neutral location, but the league, according to ESPN, is discussing the following ideas in order to create some sort of alternative benefit for the higher seeds:

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Now We’ve Got LeBron James Calling Out Drew Brees

Kevin Kinkead - June 3, 2020

Look at this:

Brees, in part:

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Proposing 22-Team Return to Play

Kevin Kinkead - June 3, 2020

The NBA has a Board of Governors meeting set for tomorrow, and Shams Charania says Adam Silver will propose a 22-team return to play, which means the stinky New York Knicks would be done for the year.

Shams at The Athletic:

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Sixers Issue Statement on George Floyd Demonstrations

Kevin Kinkead - June 1, 2020

Welp, that was quite the weekend. Hope everybody is staying safe out there.

we saw myriad George Floyd demonstrations and protests nationwide, some that were peaceful and orderly and some that devolved into looting, rioting, and violence. Locally, Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle, and Malcolm Jenkins participated in the marches in Center City, and the Sixers offered this official statement:

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NBA Reportedly Targeting July 31st Return Date

Kevin Kinkead - May 29, 2020

According to Shams:

Two more months feels like a long way away. We’d be looking at a four and a half month break going back to the March 12th postponement date.

Ah whatever, Bundesliga and UFC tomorrow.

Report: 53% of NBA General Managers Want to Go Directly to Playoffs

Kevin Kinkead - May 29, 2020

The NBA recently sent a survey to general managers asking about a variety of options for a return to play. 

It’s not an official vote, but more about due diligence and information collecting as the league figures out the best way to wrap up the postponed 2019-2010 season.

Today Shams Charania revealed some results of that survey:

Shams also mentioned the following in an ensuing tweet:

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NBC Sports Philadelphia is Replaying the Entire 1983 Sixers/Lakers Championship Series

Kevin Kinkead - May 29, 2020

Wanna see the Sixers sweep the Lakers?

NBC Sports Philadelphia is replaying the entire 1983 NBA Championship series this weekend, with one game tonight, one game tomorrow, and then games three and four on Sunday.

Here’s the full schedule:

Moses Malone was an absolute beast in this series. Awesome team featuring Dr. J, Mo Cheeks, Andrew Toney, Marc Iavaroni, and Bobby Jones and Clint Richardson coming off the bench.