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JJ Redick was “Very” Close to Signing with Another Team

Kevin Kinkead - September 14, 2018

JJ Redick had a relaxing summer.

You would have had a relaxing summer, too, if you signed a one year, $12 million dollar deal to re-sign with the Philadelphia 76ers.

But it almost didn’t happen. Redick nearly signed with the Pacers, as he mentioned on one of his podcasts this summer. He elaborated on that this week when he spent about an hour with ESPN’s Zach Lowe on the most recent “Lowe Post” podcast.

Lowe asked Redick how close he was to inking a deal with Indiana:

“Very. Basically I had conversations with a few teams on July 1st at midnight. Phoenix was the one team that said ‘we can make something happen straightaway.’ The Indy thing came up basically July 1 during the day. I talked to Nate McMillan for like 20 minutes one night. We were sort of waiting on LeBron, and once LeBron made his decision, then it was like the Lakers were sort involved as well. There was an opportunity (for me to go) there. But ,truthfully, I looked, I kind of knew that this is what the market was going to look like this summer. There were a couple of 2-3 year deals for less that I could have pursued. But they were not situations I thought were great situations. The Indy situation was really intriguing to me. I wouldn’t have started, but I felt like I sort of fit what they needed. And I just envisioned playing, like, two-man with (Domantas) Sabonis and getting dribble handoffs from him on that left side. He’s really good. Then it was basically deadline time, it was 3-4 hours left, and I was in the pool and my agent called and said ‘Philly changed their offer.’ Initially, I’m 34 years old and it was too much money to give up. Indy’s offer was more than Philly, not a lot, but I took less to go to Philly.”

As far as deleting his social media accounts, he says that doesn’t have anything to do with the August incident involving a courtesy car driver who may or may not have had someone locked in a cage in the backseat:

“…I had been wanting to get off of the social media for some time. And then the timing of it looks suspicious because of what happened in August with me and the car circus thing… it was like a week after that. But this was a conversation I had started in June with someone who works for me, works with me, about going to Instagram and Twitter and deleting these accounts. We finally got it done and it just happened to be the week after (the incident).  If I was to want to have a public account again on Twitter or Instagram I’d have to (start from the beginning). It’s not deactivated, it’s out.”

Redick said he’s not “at liberty” to provide a follow up to the car story.

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Sports Illustrated Ranks Robert Covington as a Top 50 NBA Player

Kevin Kinkead - September 11, 2018

The NBA season is just around the corner, which means it’s time to renew the eternal arguments about whether “this player is better than that player.”

As a starter, Sports Illustrated does a top-100 players list before each season, and they’re up to #30 as of Tuesday morning. JJ Redick and Dario Saric landed at #62 and #54, respectively, and Robert Covington slides into the top 50 at #48 overall.

Ben Golliver wrote the blurb about RoCo in the article: 

Covington (12.6 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 1.7 SPG) warps around the court like a podcast played at double speed, he relishes contact like a middle linebacker, and he shadows scorers feint-for-feint like a professional dancer. With a full season of good health and team success to his name, the 27-year-old Sixers forward has solidified himself as the NBA’s premier 3-and-D wing. His 2018 All-Defensive First Team selection was a no-brainer, as he ranked first in deflections, third in Defensive Real-Plus Minus, fifth in Defensive Win Shares and sixth in steals for the NBA’s third-best defense.

Although he is considerably older than star teammates Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, Covington stumbled badly during their first trip to the playoffs. A notoriously streaky shooter who managed to hit 36.9% of his threes during the regular season, he was yanked from the starting lineup in the second round against the Celtics when his jumper and confidence deserted him. Despite a rough May and the narrow nature of his offensive portfolio, Covington is perfectly suited for trendy interchangeable and switchable lineups. He’s satisfied filling a supplementary scoring role, and his combination of strength, length and quickness allows him to credibly defend four, if not all five, positions in smallball looks. Here’s betting that his future postseason work is considerably stronger than his 2018 showing. — BG

Okay, that’s fair.

Covington is not an amazing on-ball defender but does a lot of small things that really go unnoticed. I wrote about that ad nauseam last season. 

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Don’t Call it a Comeback

Kevin Kinkead - September 10, 2018

This is old news that I missed yesterday because I was watching Aaron Rodgers obliterate my fantasy team, but apparently Andrew Bynum wants a National Basketball Association return:

Bynum, of course, is a 76ers legend, having scored 0 points in 0 games. He later went to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers, where he contributed nothing.

That’s it.

That’s my entire story.

You Can Watch the Sixers Play the Sixers

Kevin Kinkead - September 10, 2018

Did you go to the Palestra to watch the Sixers’ Blue and White Scrimmage last year?

Well you can do it again in a few weeks.

The annual intra-squad exhibition is set for Tuesday, September 25th from 7 to 9 p.m.

This is like the Eagles’ open practices, which means it’s free to the public but you’ll need to get tickets.

Per the Sixers:

Tickets to the Blue x White Scrimmage, presented by Independence Blue Cross, will be free to the general public starting Tuesday, Sept. 18 via 76ers social media platforms. To guarantee tickets, fans may sign up for Club 76 Elite, the Philadelphia 76ers Official Membership and Season Ticket Waiting List.

Last year’s event was pretty wild. Sixers fans were pumped up. They booed Kris Humphries because he fouled Ben Simmons instead of letting him throw down a dunk, which you can see after the jump:

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Maurice Cheeks Enters the Hall of Fame Tonight

Kevin Kinkead - September 7, 2018

This year’s basketball Hall of Fame class is considered to be one of the best ever.

You’ve got two-time MVP and eight-time All Star Steve Nash. You’ve got a former champ and ten-time All Star in Jason Kidd. You’ve got Ray Allen and Grant Hill alongside Tina Thompson and Lefty Driesell.

And that’s not even half of the group.

Maybe overshadowed a bit by that overwhelming star power is the induction of former Sixer Maurice Cheeks, who played 11 years in Philadelphia, won a title with the 1983 squad, and earned four All-Star nods to go along with four Defensive First Team selections. His #10 jersey is retired and hanging in the rafters at the Sixers training facility and the Wells Fargo Center.

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Ben Simmons and LeBron James on the Same Team

Kevin Kinkead - September 6, 2018

What could have been?

Ben and LeBron were working out together in New York City and we’ve got this video from well known NBA trainer Chris Brickley to give us some insight regarding the question above.



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@kingjames ➕ @bensimmons on the same team is a scary site‼️ 📸 @harrington1313

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LeBron could have come to Philly this summer to play with Simmons, Joel Embiid, and Markelle Fultz.

But he didn’t, and instead went to Los Angeles to team up with Lonzo Ball, Rajon Rondo, and Lance Stephenson.

Report: Denver GM Turns Down Sixers

Kevin Kinkead - September 6, 2018

From Keith Pompey at the Inquirer:

Keith also says that recently promoted front office members Ned Cohen, Marc Eversley, Alex Rucker, and Elton Brand will interview for the vacant gig next week.

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Meek Mill and Michael Rubin Appeared Together on The Tonight Show

Kevin Kinkead - September 5, 2018

76ers co-owner Michael Rubin appeared alongside Philly native Meek Mill on Tuesday’s episode of The Tonight Show with J̶a̶y̶ ̶L̶e̶n̶o̶ Jimmy Fallon.

Bob Kraft was there, too, but apparently just stayed off-camera during the spot, presumably to avoid questions about his Super Bowl runners up, the New England Patriots.

Meek and Rubin talked about the struggle to reform the criminal justice system:

Meek also performed the song “Dangerous” with Jeremih and PnB Rock. 

Anyway, I’m sure the Eagles will come out to “Dreams and Nightmares” tomorrow night, and all of the 23-year-old white guys in the crowd will go crazy.