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Let’s All Go Crazy Over the New Ben Simmons Jump Shot Video

Kevin Kinkead - August 22, 2019

This is it.

This is the most comprehensive summer video clip of Ben Simmons jumpers YET.

Grab your coffee, sit back, relax, and enjoy 10 jump shots from varying distances, plus a dunk:

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Chicken Sandwich Wars: The Mike Scott Hive is Headed to Popeyes

Kevin Kinkead - August 20, 2019

If you spent even five minutes on social media Monday, you likely stumbled into the Chick-fil-A vs. Popeye’s war. The two fast food joints were sparring over which franchise has the better chicken sandwich, which resulted in some hot takes being shared by the general public.

I have not had the Popeye’s chicken sandwich, which apparently debuted on August 12th, but I know it’s not as good as Chick-fil-A, since Chick-fil-A is America’s best fast food place, bar none.

Apparently we’re going to get a taste testing though from Mike Scott and the Mike Scott Hive, who will assemble at the Popeye’s near the I-95 entrance/exit ramp in South Philadelphia this afternoon:

This is the Chick-fil-A tweet and the Popeyes response that started the social media back and forth:

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WNBA Broadcast Identifies Some Random Guy as Markelle Fultz

Kevin Kinkead - August 19, 2019

The Washington Mystics beat the tar out of the Indiana Fever this weekend, winning 107-68.

During the broadcast, the TV crew cut to a shot of a random guy in the crowd, and then this happened:

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The Sixers Schedule Features 24 National TV Games and a Ruthless Opening Month

Kevin Kinkead - August 12, 2019

Let’s get it back to the Sixers.

Schedule dropped about 20 minutes ago, and golly are the Sixers gonna be in the thick of it.

For starters, they’ll play 24 national television games during their 82 game slate, which is nearly 30% of their schedule. They are going to be a big draw this season and a primary focus in a rather depleted Eastern Conference.

Nine of those games will be on ESPN, nine will be on TNT, and six will be on ABC, plus 12 more games on NBA TV. Those six games on ABC are tied for the league-high with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Of note are the following dates:

  • home/season opener – Wednesday, October 23rd vs Boston
  • Jimmy Butler’s return – Saturday, November 23rd
  • JJ Redick’s return – Friday, December 19th
  • Christmas Day – home game vs. Giannis and the Milwaukee Bucks
  • LA Lakers at home – Saturday, January 25th on ABC
  • Kawhi Leonard and the LA Clippers in the house – Tuesday, February 11th
  • Markelle Fultz’s return – Sunday, April 5th (if he’s even playing)

Maybe the biggest schedule quirk is that the Sixers are opening with nine of their first 13 games on the road, a veritable murderer’s row to kick things off. Check this out, after the jump:

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Report: Sixers Add Roy Hibbert as Development Coach

Kevin Kinkead - August 9, 2019

Some Sixers news on a Friday afternoon:

Hibbert is 32 years old and last played in 2017, appearing 42 times for the Charlotte Hornets before being traded for the Denver Nuggets. He retired in July of last year.

He was an excellent shot blocker, making the NBA All-Defensive Team in 2014 to go along with his second All-Star selection. Hibbert was not exactly an offensive juggernaut, though he brings with him the experience of appearing in 50+ playoff games during seven seasons with the Pacers.

Welcome to Philly, Roy Hibbert!

Sixers Sign Former St. Joe’s Standout Isaiah Miles

Kevin Kinkead - August 8, 2019

The Hawk may never die, though one day it could become a 76er.

That’s what’s happening to forward Isaiah Miles, the four-year starter at St. Joe’s who went undrafted in 2016 and instead began his pro career in Europe. This past season, he played for Limoges CSP, where he made 50 appearances and scored 9.6 points per game while adding 3.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists over 22.9 minutes on average. He was a 41.4% three point shooter for the club.

Miles was the Hawks’ leading scorer and rebounder during his senior season, putting up 18 and 8 a game. St. Joe’s went to the NCAA tournament that year, where they beat Cincinnati before losing to #1 seed Oregon in the second round.

This is an Exhibit 10 contract for Miles, which means it’s a non-guaranteed deal that should seen him play for the Blue Coats. With the Sixers roster pretty much set at 15 players, the expectation is that he’d go down to Delaware with Christ Koumadje and others after spending camp with the Sixers. Exhibit 10 is basically a training camp deal that incentivizes players to stick around and play in the G-League should they be waived after camp. In Miles’ case, his contract could be converted to a two-way deal, though he’d likely be waived and then go down to the Blue Coats and pick up a bonus of up to $50,000 if he sticks around for at least 60 days. The Sixers already have Marial Shayok and Norvel Pelle occupying their two-way slots as it stands, so they can’t add another player on that type of deal.

After the jump, some recent highlights of Miles, who grew his hair out after leaving Hawk Hill:

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Let’s Build Our Sixers All-Time Starting Lineup

Kevin Kinkead - August 8, 2019

Hey, let’s have some fun here.

NBA TV is celebrating Sixers “team day” on this Thursday, and as such they would like us to create our starting Sixers lineup from a crop of 15 players who cost a certain amount of “points.” How are you gonna use these points to build a well-rounded squad?

Here are the candidates:

I would have put Andrew Toney on the list, but anyway, here’s what I came up with while trying to flesh out a starting five with everybody at a realistic position (after the jump):

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Don’t Fall For the Markelle Fultz Mirage

Coggin Toboggan - August 8, 2019

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Markelle Fultz is working on his jump shot this offseason and it is wet.

WATCH OUT NBA; this kid finally gets it and he’s ready to fulfill the potential that launched him to the top of the draft boards in 2017.

In several (now deleted) videos foisted upon social media yesterday, Fultz is shown effortlessly launching a gorgeous three point shot, several jump shots, and displaying the ball handling abilities that made scouts drool while watching him at Washington.

Did the 76ers make a huge mistake in trading him last season? Is this franchise so cursed that the talented-but-fragile shooting guard with mincemeat for a brain and shredded crab meat for a shoulder is actually poised to not only get back on the court, but actually stay on it and make a positive impact?

Listen to me Philadelphia and listen to me good. It’s all a mirage. You have nothing to worry about.

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