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A Running Commentary of Today’s Sixers Pep Conference™

Kyle Scott - August 15, 2012

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Photo courtesy CBS Philly, they have a full gallery here

The Sixers held a pep rally for the big game against Valley later this week. 

The Sixers held a public press conference at the Constitution Center today to welcome Andrew Bynum and the man with the 15th most made three-pointers in NBA history, Jason Richardson. This a running commentary of that press conference, which I watched online.

Let me say up front that I’m a fan of the trade. I love it, in fact. The Sixers got the best possible deal they could have for Andre Iguodala. Bynum is an elite player and Jason Richardson is a good complementary piece. Bynum’s contract has only one year remaining, so the Sixers can either choose to offer him a new deal (if he proves to be the star player they expected) or let him walk and use freed up money to spend on next year’s stellar free agent class (if Bynum’s injury problems creep up or he turns out to be a complete flake).  

Good, now that that’s out of the way… 

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0:22 Czar Aron takes the stage to chants of Beat LA! Beat LA! Beat LA! The Lakers, of course, play in the NBA’s Western Conference and just upgraded from Bynum to Dwight Howard. Beat Indiana doesn’t have the same ring to it, I guess. 

0:38 Aron: “Good afternoon to our press corps, because after all, this is a working press conference.”

Yeah, yeah, sure it is. Now if you’ll just excuse the hollowed out center of the room, the inscriptions of quotes from our forefathers and the chanting throng of unemployed Sixers fans, we’ll get started.

Also, press corps? That’s a rather official sounding term for Bob Cooney and a bunch of beat writers who had to be stripped off the Wildwood beach to do the bare minimum.

1:04 Aron: “AND MOST OF ALL, AS A NEW ERA IN SIXERS BASKETBALL BEGINS, GOOD AFTERNOON TO ANDREW BYNUM AND JASON RICHARDSON!”

Not to be gross here, but there’s a reasonable chance Aron just shat himself.

1:26 Aron: “Jason and Andrew, your star power has lit up this city since our announcement just on Friday of your impending arrival.”

Aron, himself, arrived back in Philly from London at some point late Monday or Tuesday.  How does he know?

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1:41 Aron has totally buried his own lede here. He just now introduced himself as the Sixers co-owner and CEO, 100 seconds in. That was like the opening to CSI. Set the stage then, boom, credits. ME!

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Will Ferrell Poked Fun at the Flyers Today

Kyle Scott - July 31, 2012

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Photo: Flyers

Hey, here’s a pick-me-up on the Phillies’ day of reckoning– Will Ferrell and Zach Galafanjkhkjlsdahfuiaenfulneauneawlinljkhaflnhdjashfalsd were in town today to promote their new movie, The Campaign. They held a rally at the Constitution Center, where they were joined by members of the Eagles and Flyers. Ferrell likely didn’t disappoint, but he’s a Kings fan and provided the Flyers with a reminder that they, too, sent some of their most recognizable players to the West Coast… where they went on to win the Stanley Cup.

Zac Rinaldo had the quote of the day, though: "I’d love to be part of that wolf pack, the wolf pack Alan has in The Hangover– that’s me."

[By the way, this is 100% the reason why they have athletes show up at these things– because now you get sports blogs promoting the movie, too. We'll bite. Anything for Will, really.]

Video after the jump.

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Xavier Silas May Have Fractured His Skull and The Sixers Signed Kwame Brown Today

Kyle Scott - July 13, 2012

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You want the bad news or the worse news first? 

Let’s go with the worse news:

Sixers undrafted summer leaguer Xavier Silas suffered a serious head injury in the final game down in Orlando today. 

Silas is at a local hospital with a concussion and possible frontal bone skull fracture after a collision with Solo Jones, who was going to block a shot. The team said Silas will undergo tests. We’ll update this post as more details become available.

Now, the bad news:

The Sixers have reportedly signed Kwame Brown to a two-year, $6 million deal (some reports say one-year with option for second) today. The 30-year-old center, who, in the last five years, has played for such powerhouses as the Grizzlies, Pistons, Bobcats and Warriors, averages 6.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. That’s as a 6’11, 270 lb big man.

Last season, Brown played in nine games for the Warriors, averaging 6.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per.

In 2006, Brown was investigated for rape. Charges were later dropped. In 2007, Brown threw a cake at a man, and was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and interfering with a police investigation after his cousin was pulled over for driving the opposite way on a one-way street. 

via Bill Simmons' Facebook:

No fucking clue why the Sixers would pay Kwame Brown $6, let alone $6 million, but that’s what they’re going to do. Inexplicably, thus far, they have turned Elton Brand’s amnesty into Brown and Nick Young. I’m not sure those are the investments you were looking for. But your Twitter reactions are hilarious:

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Nike Will Remove Joe Paterno’s Name From Child Development Center at Headquarters

Kyle Scott - July 12, 2012

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Here is the statement issued by Nike CEO Mark Parker: 

"I have been deeply saddened by the news coming out of this investigation at Penn State. It is a terrible tragedy that children were unprotected from such abhorrent crimes.   With the findings released today, I have decided to change the name of our child care center at our World Headquarters. My thoughts are with the victims and the Penn State community."

 

And Chairman Phil Knight:

 "Other than my parents, my college coach, Bill Bowerman, was the biggest influence in my life. Bill Bowerman and Joe Paterno shared some great qualities. Throughout Joe Paterno’s career, he strived to put young athletes in a position to succeed and win in sport but most importantly in life. Joe influenced thousands of young men to become better leaders, fathers and husbands. 

According to the investigation, it appears Joe made missteps that led to heartbreaking consequences. I missed that Joe missed it, and I am extremely saddened on this day. My love for Joe and his family remains."

Both statements via Darren Rovell

UPDATE: TVs at Penn State Switched Away From CNN Just Moments Before Freeh Press Conference

Kyle Scott - July 12, 2012

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Old photo, via Onward State

See update.

Officials at Penn State can’t do anything right, it seems.

According to Philly.com reporter Melissa Dribben, who was in the (not-so) happiest of valleys this afternoon, students who gathered in the Hub to watch the Freeh press conference this morning were unable to do so when TVs oddly switched to public access programming just an hour before the presser was scheduled to begin: [Philly.com]

But, just as an anchor was ready to speak about the report, the television screens suddenly went blank. They then turned to a public access channel featuring a reporter from The Morning Call newspaper in Allentown about the state budget.

Everyone watching suddenly went scrambling to find a way to switch the channel back at the student center, known as the HUB-Robeson Center Facility, or simply, "the Hub."

"Is this some kind of conspiracy?" asked Mary Krupa, an 18-year-old freshman from State College, Pa.

 

Well yes it is, little Mary– they didn’t want you to see it. 

The report added:

Several students went to speak with a student working at the main desk at the student center. But the student said a university employee was in charge of what is broadcast. That person, the student said, was in a meeting and could not be reached. 

 

Yeah, he was totally in a meeting as an independent investigator was presenting damning information about school officials.

UPDATE: Philly.com may have jumped the gun with their report. As pointed out by reader Frank, the TVs were switched to PCN, which was scheduled to air the press conference.

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Onward State provides even more clarification. Philly.com missed the mark big-time here. Our apologies for running with their report… should have known better.

The Sixers Punked A Bunch Of 250-Year-Old Massachusetts Delegates Today

Kyle Scott - May 17, 2012

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Last year, the Flyers attempted to take a swipe at Boston and their history by initiating the Philadelphia Tea Party, a lame event which saw a dozen or so Flyers fans tossing tea off the Moshulu (or the MooShoeLou, as Hunter Pence calls it).

Besides the ridiculousness of it all, it came on the day after Osama bin Laden was killed, while patriotism was at a 10-year high– hard to poke fun at a seminal moment in our country’s history when everyone is out on their front lawns singing My Country, ‘Tis of Thee.

The Sixers, however, got it right in their attempt today to take a friendly swipe at Boston: They draped Sixers garb over the Massachusetts delegates at the Constitution Center. Behold:

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Lovely.

Simple, fun, and Instagramed perfectly on this slow sports day. And oddly, these gentlemen fondly recall Ray Allen's birth.

Video: Wells Fargo Center Ice Melted, Scraped Away

Kyle Scott - May 14, 2012

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The Wells Fargo Ice Melting is an Allegory of Something Sad

Kyle Scott - May 14, 2012

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Is it just me or does the ice look like it is crying? Probably just me.

Pic via (@LNic18)