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What’s the Point of Watching the NBA this Season?

Kevin Kinkead - July 3, 2018

Imagine your boss walks up to you and says, “Bob, I’m giving you the choice of moving to any department you’d like and you can work with three colleagues of your choosing.

Not like it would ever happen, but you’d take that deal, right? A new gig in creative services with close friends beats working in accounts payable alongside four randoms instead. Maybe your salary is a bit different, but it’s not enough to make you not wanna do it. You’d be a lot happier in your new situation and probably more motivated and successful.

That’s how I always justified Kevin Durant’s decision to join the Warriors. If the opportunity to join a better team and win a title presented itself, I’d certainly take it. And it wasn’t like KD rode the coattails of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson and Draymond Green to a ring; he was the finals MVP and the main reason why Golden State reclaimed the title after getting beat by the Cavs in 2016. People still think he took the “easy way out,” which seems stupid to me when you think about his 35.2 PPG in the 2017 finals.

Justifiable or not, Durant’s move did nothing to help parity in an already top-heavy league. So when DeMarcus Cousins decided to sign for the Warriors on Monday, we all found ourselves rolling our eyes again, thinking the Dubs will cruise to another easy title.

Think about this starting lineup:

  • Steph Curry
  • Klay Thompson
  • Kevin Durant
  • Draymond Green
  • DeMarcus Cousins

I don’t see anybody beating that team in a 7 game series, definitely not the grouping of LeBron James, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Lance Stephenson, and Rajon Rondo. I have no idea what the Lakers are doing, but that feels like another column for another time.

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Sixers Hope Playground Renovation Aids the Revitalization of a North Philly Neighborhood

Kevin Kinkead - June 29, 2018

A North Philadelphia playground now features brand new basketball hoops installed on a freshly painted court, affixed with the Sixers Youth Foundation logo. Outside of the fences sits a larger recreation area where the Hartranft community congregates, laughing and talking and eating water ice on a hot summer day.

It doesn’t look like the scene of a crime, where four years ago a 17 year old was gunned down on these same courts, one incident of violence in a neighborhood that has seen better days.

Maybe Thursday afternoon’s ceremonial ribbon cutting to open up these new basketball courts can provide that pivot point for folks who live near 8th and Cumberland, just a few blocks from the intersection of Germantown and Lehigh Avenue.

“I grew up here, I live right around corner,” says a guy named Lee, who came to watch the ceremony, which featured Elton Brand, World B. Free, the Sixers Dunk Squad, and other members of the organization. “I’ve been here since 1968. Do the math. It’s 2018 now. It’s a long time. I’m 52 now and I’m gonna be 53 this summer.”

Lee is the typical resident of these city blocks – born here, raised here, lived here his entire life. He’s a seen a lot in those 52 years.

“It’s good to see the community coming back together,” Lee says. “With the neighborhood and the violence that goes on around here, it’s great to get everybody back together, get the youth playing basketball, getting their league back together, things of that nature.”

There’s been no youth basketball league here, not since Robert Reid’s murder in August of 2014. 

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NBA Madness: PG13 Opts Out, Spurs in Trade Talks, and LeBron Wants KD in LA

JoyOnBroad - June 28, 2018

With NBA Free Agency looming and Friday’s deadline for players like LeBron James and Paul George to opt into the final year of their respective deals, let’s take a look at the latest rumors surrounding potential Sixers targets.

Paul George

This morning, news broke that Paul George was not going to opt into the final year of his deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder. This isn’t entirely surprising and it doesn’t preclude George from re-signing with OKC. He has two options:

1) Sign a 5yr/$176m max deal

OR

2) Sign a “one-and-one” (a one year deal w/ a player option). He could then opt out after the 2019-2020 season and sign a 4yr/$169m max deal.

Woj reported that the Sixers, Rockets, and Lakers are among the teams interested in signing PG13.

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LeBron James is 100% Signing with Philadelphia/Utah/Cleveland/Los Angeles/Oklahoma City

Coggin Toboggan - June 28, 2018

NBA free agency doesn’t start until Sunday, but goddamn is the LeBron James rumor mill churning along at a fevered pace. One minute he’s spotted touring private schools on the Main Line for his kids, the next he’s filming commercials that 100% confirm he’s signing with the Lakers.

What can you believe? WHO can you believe? The rumors are everywhere, they’re nonstop, and most are so steeped in bullshit it makes Mike Missanelli want to scream at his producer all over again.

Let’s face it, in all likelihood he’ll probably just sign with the Lakers, along with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, they’ll lose in seven games to the Warriors in the Western Conference championship, and the Warriors will sweep the DeMar DeRozan led 76ers to cap off their three-peat.

But what’s the fun in that? We can all hope against hope that he goes somewhere else, can’t we? Besides, there are SO MANY juicy rumors swirling around the ether that at least one has to have some credence, correct? We need to do a deep dive into the gritty, all-encompassing LeBron rumors floating around social media, namely Twitter, to see if we can decipher what’s out there to believe, and what’s out there that just may not be true in the slightest.

Let’s go LeBron rumor hunting and see what we can find.

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Sixers to Host Melbourne United in Preseason

Kevin Kinkead - June 26, 2018

Keith Pompey reported this earlier today and the Sixers confirmed it tonight. They’ll host NBL champion Melbourne United to (presumably) kick off the 2018-2019 preseason.

Melbourne comes to Philly on September 28th as part of a league-wide initiative to bring five NBL squads to the U.S. this fall. They’ll play seven games against NBA teams over the course of a week.

From the press release, Brett Brown:

My history in Australia and my history especially with Australian basketball has helped shape my current status as an NBA head coach. The basketball scene is extremely well-organized, extremely well-coached, and the growth of the game is not to be disputed. The wonderful Australian culture only adds to the rise of the game. Australia has been good to me and I am thrilled to be able to give back in some small way.”

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Great Hustle, Great Effort Amir Johnson

Coggin Toboggan - June 26, 2018

In what will surely be a personal highlight of his professional career, 76ers forward Amir Johnson took home the coveted 2017-2018 NBA Hustle Award last night, diving across the floor to scoop up the loose award before it could clatter into the hands of another nominee.

Yes, I can assure you, the NBA did give a “hustle” award during last evening’s riveting NBA award show, which also featured such highlights as Ben Simmons winning the ROY, James Harden winning MVP, and Bill Russell flipping off Charles Barkley (and anyone who wasted time watching this atrocity) for some reason:

The NBA keeps measurable “hustle stats” during the season, taking into account pass deflections, charges taken, diving on the floor for loose balls, and setting screens that lead to direct baskets, among other “gritty” statistics.

Patrick Beverly, who won the inaugural award a year ago, may or may not have worn a shirt with Amir’s likeness and the words “no hustle” scribbled across the top of it.

Johnson edged out Pacers forward and ex-76ers Thaddeus Young to take home the award.

According to NBA.com, this is how the hustle scores were calculated:

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Pre-Draft Workouts: Lonnie Walker, Miles Bridges, and Shake Milton

Kevin Kinkead - June 11, 2018

Lonnie Walker grew up a Sixers fan but doesn’t remember much about the 2000-2001 squad.

“I was only two years old. You kind of have to recollect those moments when you get older.”

All laughs from the Reading High School product, a 6’4″ shooting guard who spent Monday morning working out for the Sixers with five other NBA draft prospects. Among them were top-15 projection Miles Bridges, second round projection Shake Milton, and a group of forwards in Drew Eubanks, Nuni Omut, and Jared Nickens.

We only saw about 15 minutes of the session as it wrapped up. Walker spent that portion working with Bridges and Milton on the near court, going through a variety of 1v1 exercises, this one a simple perimeter close out drill:

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“Anything’s on the Table” – GM Brett Brown on Draft Night Strategy

Kevin Kinkead - June 11, 2018

The Sixers brought in a half-dozen prospects for pre-draft workouts on Tuesday, among them top-15 projections in Lonnie Walker and Miles Bridges.

But the big story, I think, is still Brett Brown in his new interim general manager role, an unfamiliar platform for him to stand on just ten days out from the draft.

Brown spoke to the media for 15 minutes after the workout and reiterated that he’s got a good group of people around him, a collection of basketball minds that will provide decision making “firepower” this summer. To that end, he says he’s comfortable handling trade offers and other negotiations and won’t be conservative going into the draft.

“Nah, I think anything’s on the table,” Brown said. “I think anything is on the table. I feel like we will be bold, we will be smart. Nobody is going into this with any other attitude than we will do our homework and we’ll be aggressive. I feel like the firepower, again, so that I’m clear, the firepower I have around me, and I’m in the role that you guys know – we have Marc Eversley leading the scouts, we have ownership that studies this, I think Alex Rucker and Ned Cohen are great. It’s stuff you spitball and go through, but nobody is going into this conservative. There will be an attitude and a boldness that if we feel we have to do something and it’s smart, then that’s what we’ll do.”

That’s good to hear, but any concerns from you, the fan? Do you feel comfortable with a head coach and a group of player-personnel executives handling the salary cap, agent talks, and trade negotiations? What happens if someone makes an offer for pick #10? It’s all worth thinking about.

The Sixers have six selections to work with, so I asked Brown what he was looking for specifically in this draft, and he gave a sort of non-answer while alluding to wing depth.

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