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The Sixers Have Reportedly Been Asking Larry Brown about Emmanuel Mudiay

Jim Adair - March 4, 2015

Photo Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Larry Brown loves Emmanuel Mudiay. Mudiay was originally committed to play for Brown at SMU before he decided to play professionally in China for a year, and then enter the NBA draft. So of all the basketball people in the country, Brown probably knows Mudiay the best. And he’s still impressed. Brown told the Inquirer‘s Marc Naducci that Mudiay is “physically gifted and … has a great feel.” Brown said the Sixers would throw a parade — though, he clarified, not necessarily a championship parade — if they landed Mudiay in the draft, and that was when they still had MCW.

Well, they don’t have MCW now. And they’re going to have a very high pick in this year’s NBA draft. So, what do they do? They’ll likely go back and forth on that, but they’ve been asking Brown about Mudiay. According to Fansided, many teams have reached out to Brown to ask about Mudiay, and the Sixers were one of them. Mudiay and D’Angelo Russell are currently the top two (or so) guards being talked about to land near the top of the draft, behind a couple of very talented front court players. The Sixers, however, are pretty okay down low, and may decide to snatch up one of those guards. When you draft that high, it’s usually smart to just pick the best player available rather than drafting for need, and then sorting it out later. But who’s to know what is going on in the head of Hinkie.

Brown, who has had his issues with the Sixers in the past, seems to be over it now. Or, he’s feeding them misinformation until they agree to hold an Aaron McKie night and PROMISE TO INVITE HIM.

Peter King Thinks the Redskins Will Kindly Step out of the Way so the Eagles Can Draft Mariota

Jim Adair - February 25, 2015

Photo Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Though the NFL Draft is still months away, mock drafts are starting to spill out, start rumors, and give Kyle special feelings. In addition to Pat Kirwan’s mock from yesterday that had the Eagles moving up to the fourth pick to snag Marcus Mariota, Peter King’s mock was released today and he, too, has the birds soaring up to the number five spot to do the same.

King, of unfounded and incorrect rumors (and being a league mouthpiece), thinks the Eagles can swap their first and second rounders this year and their first and fourth rounders next year for the right to pick their new franchise quarterback.

It seems unlikely that the Redskins, currently slotted at the five spot, would swap picks to allow their division rival to fulfill their coach’s dream of drafting his football soulmate. To defend his theory against those claims, however, King compared it to basically the same situation from before. Yep, that one:

This has so many poetic points to it. The Eagles gave Donovan McNabb to Washington a few Easters ago; now Washington would be giving a longer-term quarterback, theoretically, to Chip Kelly. The Eagles coach would be reunited with the quarterback he recruited out of a Hawaii high school and helped make a star while both were at Oregon. It just feels right, though Howie Roseman will have to be dragged kicking and screaming into giving up so much draft capital for a player with some question marks.

For one, King believes Howie Roseman will even be in the room and that’s cute. Secondly, how dumping and aged and past-his-prime Donovan McNabb on the ‘Skins is anything like trading four high draft picks for a potential franchise star is beyond me. Supposedly Sal Pal will be on the radio again today to sling some more shit at the wall on this very topic. The draft is in 63 days.

One Team (Maybe Two) Way Ahead of the Eagles in the Draft Really Want Marcus Mariota

Jim Adair - February 11, 2015

Mariota doing his best Hulk Hogan running leg drop. Photo Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Mariota doing his best Hulk Hogan running leg drop.
Photo Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Despite what Sal Pal would like you to believe, the Eagles getting Marcus Mariota in the NFL Draft is a long shot. Not only is he a top talent, but (as usual) a bunch of teams at the top of the draft need a quarterback. The team with the number one pick, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, needs a quarterback. Luckily for the Eagles — and Sal Pal’s space shuttle re-entry level hot takes — the Bucs reportedly favor Jameis Winston over Mariota. So CBS’ latest mock has him going number two to Tennessee, but Cleveland’s got some shady plans, too.

According to Deadspin, the Browns (who are a complete mess from top to bottom) are eyeing Mariota and using a little edge to get in his head. As Tom Ley points out:

The Browns have not yet officially hired Kevin O’Connell to be the team’s new quarterbacks coach, but it’s been reported far and wide that O’Connell will be joining the coaching staff this upcoming season. Before he does that, though, he’s going to finish personally training top prospect Marcus Mariota, a quarterback whom the Browns are reportedly interested in drafting.

The issue? No other team can talk to any prospects at all until the combine starts. But the Browns, and their unofficially new quarterbacks coach, are already getting in Mariota’s head, perhaps teaching him the offense, and doing their damnedest to convince him that Cleveland doesn’t suck. They’re finally getting that Ikea!

But then again, Mel Kiper has Mariota going to the Jets at number six, and going from pick 20 to pick 6 doesn’t seem like that much of a jump and … oh my god … I’ve been consumed by the fire from Sal Pal’s hot takes. Help me.

The Eagles Got a Fourth Round Pick from Buffalo Because Bryce Brown and Stevie Johnson Both Stunk

Jim Adair - January 9, 2015

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Photo Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

During last year’s NFL draft, the Eagles sent running back Bryce Brown packing to Buffalo in return for a conditional draft pick. In a separate deal, Buffalo sent wide receiver Stevie Johnson to the 49ers. They both failed to meet the statistical conditions of the deal, so that conditional pick is coming through for the Eagles in the fourth round of this year’s draft.

In the wording of the deal, according to Bleeding Green Nation, the Eagles would get a third round pick in 2016 if both players hit their goals, a fourth round pick in 2016 if only Stevie Johnson did, and:

The Bills will send a 2015 fourth-round selection to Philadelphia if:
– Stevie Johnson does not meet production-based conditions in San Francisco in 2014.
– Bryce Brown does not meet production-based conditions in Buffalo in 2014.

Because they both failed to meet their production-based conditions — Brown rushed for 126 yards and Johnson caught 35 passes for 435 yards — the Eagles will receive the Bills’ fourth round selection in this year’s draft. The Eagles turned a seventh round pick they barely used (and didn’t need) into a fourth round pick. That’s some Sam Hinkie stuff, and it’s a nice little (begrudgingly) parting gift from Howie.

Your End of Week Roundup

Jim Adair - August 29, 2014

Sixers Draft Pick You Forgot About Will Play in League You Didn’t Know About

Photo Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan McRae, one of the 400 players the 76ers drafted in the 2nd round this year, is going to be playing pro basketball in Australia. McRae was the 58th pick of the 2014 draft and traded to the 76ers from the Spurs, and will now suit up for Melbourne United in the NBL. McRae was named to the Second Team of the Summer League’s All-NBA squad when he averaged 21 points on 50% shooting in four appearances.

One report thinks the Sixers retain the right to call McRae back to the NBA until January, but if not, he’ll spend the year playing in the same league as Josh Childress. And that is what Josh Childress is up to.

This Evolution of Madden Video Reminds You How Many Hours and Hours You’ve Played These Games

The video above, via Barstool, shows the evolution of every few years of the Madden video game franchise over the past 26 years. It’s gotten me excited to play Madden 15, but I’d also be fine pulling out Maddens 02/03/04.

Soothsayer Larry Mendte Says the Eagles Won’t Win the Super Bowl

Call of the parade, Eagles fans, the harbinger of Eagles success has announced that they will not win a Super Bowl this year, so let’s just pack it up. That Nostradamus of professional football is Larry Mendte, and he just knows this year is not the year:

After false prophets who came to Philadelphia and fell short of leading us to the Promised Land, Eagles fans believe they have found their Messiah. And I am now put in the unenviable position of having to yell at the Chipnotized, “Snap out of it! It’s not going to happen this year!”

That hurts to admit. There are just way too many questions. I believe Nick Foles can and will be a star in this league. But, the defense is still suspect, as is the kicker. Depth is also a problem. What happens if offensive linemen Jason Peters or running back LeSean McCoy gets hurt? Injuries at key positions are inevitable. The Eagles don’t have the depth at most positions to compensate.

The great prognosticator of the Philadelphia fan has spoken, and his will shall be done.

Dario Saric is Also Quotable, Knows “Everything About Philadelphia” from PS4

Jim Adair - June 27, 2014

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In all of the draft hubbub and big dick nonsense, I totally missed Dario Saric’s post-draft press conference, where Saric — who honestly sounds like a comedian imitating a bad Russian accent — said this of Philadelphia:

“Hi. My name is Dario Saric. My English is not so very well. I am happy because I feel they choose me the right way, and I’m happy because I will play with teammates like Michael Carter‑Williams, he’s Rookie of the Year, Joel Embiid, Nerlens Noel is a great player, and I have pleasure because I’ll play with them.”

And then, when asked is he has any experience watching the Sixers, Saric said:

“Yeah, I know everything about the Sixers, Moses Malone, Charles Barkley, Allen Iverson, and I love the team. I know it’s like fifth town in the USA, and I know everything about Philadelphia. Philadelphia, again, they are like most faster team in the NBA right now.

I really want to come here in Philadelphia to put my game on that team after two years.”

We definitely can’t put what Embiid said on a t-shirt, but maybe “It’s Like Fifth Town in the USA” can be the new official tourism slogan for Philly. And finally, when asked more about how he knew about the Sixers, Saric said:

“I learned so much like things like we have‑‑ like you have in America newspaper, Google, internet, things like that. We share NBA, my friends and I, we love so much to playing PlayStation 4 and NBA, and we know so much about Philadelphia, Iguodala, and so much guys from Philadelphia. I know everything.”

Quick, somebody has to get him an updated NBA video game. Jokes aside, I really like this guy, and can’t wait to see him on the court … in 2016. Shit.

h/t Yahoo Sports

Joel Embiid Screws up on Twitter, Gets Mad

Jim Adair - June 26, 2014

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Last night, the potential 76er Joel Embiid tweeted (in a now-deleted tweet) “I’m a laker.” He then tweeted that a friend had taken his phone — former friend we hope — and sent the tweet. The emoji-filled top tweet is in response to tweets such as this one:

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As far as we could tell, that’s as bad as it got. We’re sure there was some worse stuff, but that tweet above isn’t even Crossing Broad Comments Section level. If that what get’s Embiid mad, and he’s drafted by the Sixers, no one can tell him about WIP. No one.

The Sixers Have Joel Embiid’s Medical Records and a Doctor Says He’d Avoid Him

Jim Adair - June 25, 2014

Photo Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

We’re just about a day, a World Cup game, and some dinner away from the 2014 NBA Draft, and it seems like nothing is for certain. The Cavs are reportedly still taking legitimate offers for their top pick, but they also have this stylish hat for that dude to wear. And you can’t just GET RID OF THE HAT.

But the focus (for the Sixers at least) seems to be on Dante Exum, Andrew Wiggins, and Joel Embiid. It’s unlikely Wiggins would land here without Hinkie having to go get him, so it then comes down to Dante Exum (who the Sixers are reportedly high on) and Joel Embiid (whose high ceiling and talent level may be too much to pass on). The Sixers are even now in possession of Joel Embiid’s medical records, showing that they’re seriously considering grabbing him.

But one doctor doesn’t think they should. Doctor George Stollsteimer from the Trenton Orthapedic group, who “specializes in sports medicine,” told WIP’s Morning Show that Embiid throws up “major red flags.” Stollsteimer said, “Immediately, what I start thinking of is [Greg] Oden, Yao Ming–I know there’s comparisons, I think [Michael] Jordan had a similar injury when he was early in his career, but it’s a different animal [with guards].” The good Doctor also said he wouldn’t take Embiid until around pick 14 or 15, but that’s anything but a sure thing because doctors don’t make draft picks.