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Crossing Broadcast: Sixers Trade, A Secret Meeting, Sports Talk Radio

Russ Joy - February 7, 2019

Kevin and Russ dissect the Sixers’ trade for Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, and Mike Scott. The guys then recap the “secret meeting” between six Eagles reporters and Carson Wentz, the Phillies’ interest in JT Realmuto, Mike Missanelli’s hockey take, and the Union’s rumored target.

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Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossed Up: A Phillies PodcastSnow the Goalie: A Flyers PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia, and Crossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast.

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Crossing Broadcast: Five for Five

Russ Joy - January 23, 2019

Kevin and Russ break down the Carson Wentz report, vetting sources, Mike Conley’s fit with the Sixers, Roy Halladay’s Hall of Fame induction, the NFL’s overtime rule, Claude Giroux’s all-star week, and Ernst Tanner’s view on the U-20 World Cup.

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Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossed Up: A Phillies PodcastSnow the Goalie: A Flyers PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia, and Crossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast.

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Six Things You’re Missing If You Aren’t Paying Attention to the Sixers

Jim Adair - March 19, 2015

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports Earning his paycheck with this picture alone.

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Earning his paycheck with this picture alone.

The season is hitting the final home stretch and, at this point, our eyes should be on the other teams that the Sixers hold protected picks from as much as they are on the Sixers. More about that, a former Sixer’s progress, Nerlens for ROY, and more, after the jump.

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Get Nervous: Joel Embiid is Back in a Walking Boot

Jim Adair - March 9, 2015

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

When we talked to Brett Brown last week. He had nothing but great things to say about how Joel Embiid’s rehab was coming along. Embiid’s practicing with Nerlens Noel, running pick and rolls with the coach (above) and even knocking down threes. Or at least he was, because now he’s back in a walking boot.

According to Tom Moore, Embiid was back in a boot yesterday “for protective reasons, not because he’s had real setback.” As Jake Pavorsky astutely observed, walking boots are for injured people, and Embiid’s been out of one for months. If his condition is the same, and he’s still getting better, why is he back in the boot? As Pavorsky says, the boot is “certainly not conducive for a guy who is supposed to be healthy.” It could be nothing. It could be something. But it’s sure as hell making me nervous. This Starts Now at some point.

UPDATE: “Minor setback.”

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Goddamnit, Joel. No more flashy dunks.

The Basketball Tournament Is Back, and This Time the Prize Is $1 Million

Jim Adair - March 3, 2015

Last year brought the first edition of The Basketball Tournament, a $500k 5-on-5 amateur basketball tournament (though former pros and college players participated), to Philadelphia University. The tourney featured a reunited group of former Villanova Wildcats, but was won by the Notre Dame Fighting Alumni. And this year, the same thing is happening, but much bigger.

The Basketball Tournament returns with the prize doubled to $1 million, 96 teams (up from 32), and five host cities. Oh, and the final four will air on ESPN. According to Awful Announcing:

It begins on July 10-12 with 96 teams at regional sites in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. Television then comes into play with ESPNU televising several “Super 17″ games, the 16 survivors from the regionals plus the defending champion (yes, there’s a champion from last year) Notre Dame Fighting Alumni which consisted of several former Big East players. And once final four are determined, they’ll go to New York to determine a champion and those games will aired on ESPN.

There’s a whole thing with “fan groups” (like last year), but this time around “the winning team’s fan group will share 5% ($50,000) of the overall prize.” More info is available over here, including a registration page to put your team together. I dibs Scott O’Neil.

[Editor’s note: We need a team.]

Phil Jackson Is a Dummy Who Will Get Fined for Talking about D’Angelo Russell

Jim Adair - February 27, 2015

Photo Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

In all of the looks we’ve taken at the language of tanking — specifically around Phil Jackson’s Knicks — we’ve heard Jackson call his Knicks a “failure” as he was praised for a “superior tank.” But maybe Jackson should have stopped at the failure line.

In Sam Hinkie’s post-presser interview with Mike Missanelli, Mikey Miss tried to get Hinkie to comment on specific players. In response, Hinkie told Miss that there were entire floors in New York pouring through transcripts, looking for GMs and team officials mentioning college players and levying fines. You might think he was a bit paranoid, but Jackson knows he wasn’t.

According to the basketball whisperer Adrian Wojnarowski, Jackson is likely to face a fine from the league for calling Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell a “great-looking kid,” and a “great prospect.” It’s the latest goof is a season full of them for the Sixers’ partner-in-tank, and hopefully they get some bad lottery karma too, because I want D’Angelo Russell.

Seven Things You’re Missing If You Aren’t Paying Attention to the Sixers: Bad Ish

Jim Adair - February 26, 2015

Photo Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

It’s officially official. It’s been a week since Sam Hinkie sent Michael Carter-Williams to Milwaukee at the trade deadline, but last night was the first time MCW saw the floor for the Bucks. Against his old team, no less. Things did not go well for the Sixers, but let’s talk about some positives. Here’s what you’ve been missing if you haven’t been paying attention to the Sixers.

1) Though whispers came out of the trade deadline saying the Sixers were listening to offers on Joel Embiid, he’s still here. And according to Grantland, he’s got real value. Embiid was ranked the 35th best asset in the league in Bill Simmons’ annual trade value column. In the entire league. Simmons closed out his praise for Embiid with a lazy and tired dig at the Sixers’ plan, but it’s still a positive.

2) Nerlens Noel’s jumper (and foul shooting) are starting to come together. As Max Rappaport says, the Sixers coaching staff rebuilt his shot from the ground up, and they’re finally seeing it pay off. Here is Nerlens’ shot chart from the start of the season until January, via StatMuse:

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And, with an admittedly smaller sample size, here it is in February:

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That’s some real improvement. Additionally, Noel shot 50% from the free throw line from October through December. Since then, he’s shooting 67% from the line (and getting there at a much higher rate). It’s still not incredible, but it’s good to see real offensive growth from a player who came in as strictly a defensive prospect. Continue Reading

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Robin Lopez, Mascot Destroyer, Wants to Destroy Franklin

Jim Adair - February 11, 2015

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Robin Lopez doesn’t like mascots. He’s building a reputation for messing with all kinds of costumed friends league-wide. This season alone, according to the Columbia Tribune, he’s got himself a track record:

He temporarily blinded San Antonio’s The Coyote by dislodging his googly eyes in a sneak attack. He dragged Detroit’s Hooper off the court and dropped him on his head. After losing a staring contest with Atlanta’s Harry the Hawk, Lopez lashed out and shoved Harry down on his beak. He has gotten into Twitter beefs with Cleveland’s Moon Dog and Milwaukee’s Bango the Buck.

Franklin, the fearless new Sixers mascot, came right at Lopez after he was unveiled yesterday, saying he can’t wait to see if his bite matches his bark. The Trailblazers don’t visit the Wells Fargo Center again this season, so Franklin will be safe for a while. Lopez still sent some threats though, even if Franklin refuses to back down:

Let’s just hope Franklin doesn’t go the way of Harry the Hawk.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is Philadelphia in February.