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A Restoration of Sanity – Observations from Sixers 110, Clippers 103

Kevin Kinkead - February 12, 2020

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Great basketball game.

High-level plays, high-level players, good effort from both sides, and a much-needed, morale-boosting win heading into the All-Star break. The Sixers really needed that one to preserve the sanity of the fans, team, coaching staff, media, and anybody who has anything to do with a franchise that’s hit some ridiculously high highs and low lows this season.

They’ll enter the break at 34-21, which isn’t super ideal, but they were able to win three in a row after losing four in a row, a streak that had fans ready to trade away the entire team and burn their shirseys in a fire pit. It was pretty rough, the past two weeks, but here the Sixers are, sitting in 5th place, two games back from Miami and four back from Boston, whom they hold a tiebreaker over. After eight days off, they’ll reconvene to play a schedule that looks like this:

  • vs Brooklyn
  • at Milwaukee
  • vs Atlanta
  • at Cleveland
  • vs Knicks (second night of a back to back)

They’ll be favored in four of those games and have a reasonable chance to get to 38-22 as we head into the west coast road trip that includes the Clippers and Lakers. If they can manage 16-11 over the remainder of the season, they’ll hit the 50-win mark for the third straight year. That seems doable, but might not be enough for the three-seed this time around unless the Celtics and Heat both fall out.

We’ll see. Either way, the Sixers really needed this one, and they got it.

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Radio Caller “Mike” Wants Sixers to Trade “Worthless, Fat” Joel Embiid

Kevin Kinkead - February 11, 2020

There are a lot of opinions out there.

Here’s one from a Sixers fan:

“I want them to lose now. I don’t want them to win with these two. I want these losers to never win.”

I have no comment.

Underachieving: Sixers, Joel Embiid Are Far Behind Preseason Forecast

Russ Joy - February 11, 2020

While the Sixers, who are currently in a disappointing fifth place in the Eastern Conference, are likely trying to put out any PR fires set by Joel Embiid’s Harvey Dent Instagram post, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at just how far the team has fallen compared to their preseason odds. To take it a step further, we looked at Joel Embiid’s preseason MVP odds, just to see how The Process has fared thus far. In what will likely come as no surprise, it isn’t great.

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“Tanking to the Top” is a New Book About the Sixers and The Process

Kevin Kinkead - February 11, 2020

Yaron Weitzman covers the NBA for Bleacher Report and spent the last couple of season working on a book about The Process, a book titled Tanking to the Top. 

Unfortunately, the Sixers have not yet reached the top. They have only successfully tanked their way to a pair of second round playoff exits, but the book is interesting so far. I have an advance copy and got through the first two chapters, which isn’t enough to do a full review, but I promise to do so in a future post.

Meantime, if you’d like to get in on the action, you can preorder a copy at Amazon.

The book will be out in March.

As a teaser, I will give you the titles of the first six chapters:

  1. Purgatory
  2. The Buyout
  3. “He Spoke Stanford”
  4. The Longest Lens
  5. “Who the Hell is Brett Brown?”
  6. “Everyone in the City is Going to Hate Me”

Will finish this book and then report back.

Joel Embiid is Trolling Us, and That’s Probably a Good Thing

Kevin Kinkead - February 11, 2020

Heart palpitations last night after Joel Embiid went on Instagram and dropped a cryptic post with this caption:

“You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” 

Harvey Dent quote from The Dark Knight. Russ wrote up the story and included the response from Jimmy Butler, who said, “I know a place where villains are welcome,” which got everybody all flustered. Was he recruiting Embiid to Miami? Was this just another bullshit slab of NBA drama? Was it trolling?

It was trolling, with Embiid posting this less than an hour later:

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Crossing Broadcast: STFU, XFL, MLB

Russ Joy - February 11, 2020

Kevin, Bob, Anthony, and Russ offer their takeaways from the XFL’s first weekend, including what concepts the NFL might try to poach and whether or not Philadelphia could support an XFL team. Plus, the Temple stadium situation and thoughts on the Eagles’ decision to not hire a singular offensive coordinator. The guys then react to Major League Baseball reportedly looking to expand the playoff field and allow top teams to pick their playoff opponents. They then tackle the Sixers’ trade deadline moves, Al Horford and Joel Embiid shushing the crowd, and whether or not Ben Simmons has gotten a fair shake.

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Joel Embiid on Instagram: “You Either Die a Hero or Live Long Enough to See Yourself Become the Villain”

Russ Joy - February 10, 2020

This isn’t great. Joel Embiid took to Instagram Monday night and dropped a Harvey Dent quote from The Dark Knight:

Perhaps to soften the blow, he included “#TheProcess” and make the location “All Love”. But still, this isn’t the kind of thing that’ll endear himself to fans who openly complained about shushing the Wells Fargo Center faithful, including telling someone -he said himself- to “shut the f*** up.” To make matters worse (?) former Sixer and friend of Embiid, Jimmy Butler responded to the post leading to this exchange:

Not great. Is it a huge troll job? Maybe. Are we seeing the downfall of the process, where Embiid demands a trade to Miami? Doubtful. Hopefully doubtful.

Entercom and KYW Newsradio Dump CBS 3 for NBC 10

Kevin Kinkead - February 10, 2020

Pretty significant local media story here.

KYW Newsradio, which just moved to 2400 Market Street as part of the Entercom headquarters relocation, is cutting ties with CBS 3 in order to team up with NBC 10 instead.

Jeff Blumenthal at the Philadelphia Business Journal:

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