Posts for Philadelphia 76ers

Malcolm Jenkins Fires Back at Critics

Russ Joy - October 22, 2019

On Tuesday afternoon, the Eagles Twitterverse was ablaze following the circulation of a Malcolm Jenkins quote, including the surprisingly polarizing line, “You had Nick Foles coming in and obviously that changed a lot of what we did on offensively (sic).” While I was falling asleep on the couch watching Kyle Lowry flop around in Toronto, Jenkins took to Twitter to clap back at those questioning his leadership and choice of words:

So there you have it. Jenkins stands by his words and claims that his teammates have heard him voice similar concerns and sentiments. He’s right, by the way. The team has to play better, not only to save their season, but to prevent the cratering of the locker room dynamic. Something tells me this story is far from over.

Crossing Broadcast: The Cowboys Game, Sixers Preview, Girardi the Favorite

Russ Joy - October 22, 2019

This episode of Crossing Broadcast first aired on Monday, October 21 on 610 ESPN Philadelphia.

Russ, Kevin, Bob, and Anthony break down the Eagles’ loss to the Cowboys, the anonymous sources and subsequent fallout, preview the Sixers’ season expectations, and react to Joe Girardi being named the favorite to take over as Phillies manager.

This episode of Crossing Broadcast is brought to you by FanDuel Sportsbook PA, where you can take advantage of their $500 risk-free bet  with the promo code “CB”.

Please subscribe to the show ([Apple Podcasts] [Spotify] [Google Play] [Stitcher] [iHeartRadio] [RSS]), leave a 5 star review, and follow us on Twitter: @JoyOnBroad @BobWankelCB @AntSanPhilly @Kevin_Kinkead

Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossed Up: A Phillies PodcastSnow the Goalie: A Flyers PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in PhiladelphiaCrossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast and Broad Lines: Sports Betting Podcast.

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Zach Lowe Names Sixers “Top NBA League Pass Team” for Second Consecutive Year

Russ Joy - October 12, 2019

It’s become part of the modern NBA lexicon. Listen to enough basketball podcasts, and you’ll hear the term at least once a week. It usually goes like this: “I was watching the Kings play the Pistons last night, and man did I love how 21-year-old Harry Giles matched up against 30-year-old journeyman Jon Leuer. You wanna talk about an intriguing team, it’s Sacramento. They’re a real League Pass Team.” When you hear that, it usually means the person flipped the game on momentarily until a better matchup came on, then the guy flipped back to it at the end of the game and watched the rest of the it via an extended highlights package. Then there are guys who could conceivably watch the game and break down film, because it’s what they do. So when ESPN’s Zach Lowe announced the Sixers as the #1 NBA League Pass team -albeit with the Bill Simmons model in mind- it intrigued me, because Lowe not only knows his stuff, but also named them the Top NBA League Pass Team a year ago.

The Criteria

Per Lowe, the criteria for determining each NBA team’s League Pass rating includes giving a point value from 1-10 on the following five criteria:

  • Zeitgeist: That is to say, whether or not casual fans or the layman cares about the team.
  • Highlight potential: Is there a player on the team who can, to quote Marc Zumoff, turn garbage into gold?
  • Syle: An aesthetically-pleasing team game vs. iso-ball.
  • League Pass minutiae: This includes the team’s uniforms, various court interfaces, and announce team.
  • Unintentional comedy: This can include variables that one could deem as a curiosity, like Markelle Fultz’s jumpshot.

Why the Sixers are #1

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Crossing Broadcast: Packers Game, Phillies Postmortem, Brett Brown, Flyers Abroad

Russ Joy - September 30, 2019

Kevin and Russ break down the Eagles’ win over the Green Bay Packers, including Nelson Agholor’s play, claims of Carson Wentz being a game manager, the return of Alshon Jeffery, Dallas Goedert’s impact. They then deliver a Phillies postmortem and break down where it all went wrong. Hollis Thomas’ departure from WIP is the next topic before the guys finish up with Brett Brown’s media luncheon, the Flyers’ trip to Switzerland and Nolan Patrick’s migraine disorder diagnosis.

Please subscribe to the show ([Apple Podcasts] [Spotify][Google Play] [Stitcher] [iHeartRadio] [RSS]), leave a 5 star review, and follow us on Twitter: @Kevin_Kinkead @JoyOnBroad

Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossed Up: A Phillies PodcastSnow the Goalie: A Flyers PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in PhiladelphiaCrossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast and Broad Lines: Sports Betting Podcast.

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The Mike Scott Altercation Apparently Started by a Coffin

Russ Joy - September 8, 2019

This story just keeps getting weirder. Earlier today, a video surface of Sixers forward Mike Scott getting involved in a tussle prior to the Eagles v. Redskins game. The video started well into the physical altercation, which didn’t provide much -if any- context. As the great Eric Bischoff would say, “Context is King.” Now it appears we have a bit of context:

It’s hard to make out what led to the confrontation that starts the video, but someone with a mic says, “F*ck outta here,” while others can be heard chanting, “Fight! Fight!” Someone clearly tried to intervene on Scott’s behalf with a “Yo, Mike. Mike! Yo.” Then, as per usual, the chants of “assssssshooooole” started up. The guy with the mic then jumps in saying, “That’s a fight you’re not gonna win, bro. That’s a fight you’re not gonna win.”

Now the real question -beyond why there was a coffin with a Redskins jersey at a tailgate- is how Mike Scott ended up under that tent and what preceded the video. Was he taunted by the guy on the mic while walking by? Did someone recognize him, offer him a beer, then things got out of hand?

One thing we can be sure about is that it wasn’t the tailgate he was invited to by 4th and Jawn:

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Bill Simmons and Zach Lowe Weighed in on Al Horford, Josh Richardson, and the Sixers

Russ Joy - September 5, 2019

Celtics fanboy and the face of The Ringer Bill Simmons hopped onto The Lowe Post with ESPN’s Zach Lowe on Wednesday. In the midst of their wide ranging conversation, the Sixers came up, and while Simmons typically allows his Boston homerism to take over, he had a few nice things to say about Philly’s team.

On the Celtics’ Loss of Horford

Simmons said of Horford’s play for Boston last year:

We’re just talking regular season, we’re not talking playoffs. We’re just talking 82 games, regular season… Horford’s playing 30 minutes a game and he’s in his mid-30’s and he was averaging 14 and 6 or 15 and 6 or whatever and was good on defense during the regular season. He wasn’t transcendent. I think (the Celtics) can patch together that position and at least get to 60% of what he gave them. I don’t think this is like Denver losing Jokic. People are getting a little carried away with the loss of regular season Horford. Playoffs, different story, I’m with ya. That guy in the playoffs, I love that guy. He’s a warrior. He’s played in a million big games. He’s the fulcrum of everything happening. He’s also the same guy last year that that team was healthy last year and didn’t play well the whole year and had a ton of defensive breakdowns. So I just wonder if he’s hitting potentially a different point in his career. It’s at least worth talking about right? He’s been in the league 12 years.

Simmons speculated on why Al Horford chose to go to Philly:

Horford looked at the Celtics thing, and from what I’ve heard, I think a big part of what drove it was he didn’t think physically he could handle (playing center) anymore. And that’s why he wanted to go to Philly, because he didn’t wanna guard Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic and all these ****ing dudes. He just physically couldn’t do it for eight months anymore.

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Now Is Not The Time to Give Up On Markelle Fultz

Tim Reilly - December 7, 2018

On Wednesday’s edition of Pardon the Interruption, NBA analyst Doris Burke offered an insightful take on the Markelle Fultz situation. Fultz, who was recently diagnosed with Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, has endured national ridicule for a hitch that has hampered the mechanics of his jump shot and free throw form.

Burke’s commentary is worth considering in full, and I have transcribed it below:

“You know, this is hard for me. I am the mother of a twenty-four year old son. And so the first prism through which I look at this, guys, is that of a mom. And if my son were going through this, it would be incredibly difficult to watch. We are evaluating a twenty year old in incredible scrutiny, under incredible performance pressure. It’s been over a year issue. It feels to me, personally, like if I were his mom I’d almost want him in a different organization, just to give him a fresh start. The reality is, this is a business decision for the Sixers. Brett Brown continues to be supportive. He keeps talking, saying I’m going to coach him like a son, not like the number 1 pick in the draft. I think Markelle’s inner circle has given him some interesting advice over time. I don’t know that there’s a positive outcome on either side. I’m just hopeful for the young man, that he can either (1) come back healthy in the timetable given- now 6 weeks- or (2) maybe somehow he moves to another place.”

Burke’s compassionate perspective stood out particularly because it was offered on an ESPN program. To say the network has leaned into the Fultz story would be an understatement. Earlier in the day on First Take, Stephen A. Smith had proclaimed Fultz “the biggest bust in NBA history,” and asserted in the same segment that “this man has some personal demons that are none of our business.” One month earlier, Fultz’s awkward free throw in a game against the Miami Heat was played for laughs and offered as fodder on a number of ESPN platforms, including First Take and The Jump.

ESPN is not alone among sports outlets in reveling in Fultz’s struggles; however, given the network’s venerable status and its broadcast partnership with the NBA, it is unquestionably a major amplifier. Armed with seemingly endless B-roll footage of Fultz lowlights and an impressive array of analysts, the network has considerable power in shaping the narrative around a player.

And, more than ever before, ESPN is in the storytelling business. SportsCenter long ago ceded its monopoly over the sports highlight market; in its place is a relentless brand construction and destruction machine masquerading as a highlights and analysis program. Continue Reading

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Report: Amir Johnson is Returning to the Sixers

Chris Jastrzembski - July 4, 2018

Blogging from the gorgeous 80th Street beach in Sea Isle, Amir Johnson is coming back to the Sixers.

Per Woj, who appears to take no days off whatsoever:

Sports Illustrated’s Jake Fischer added that it’s for the league minimum, which is about $2.39 million. He made $11 million last year.

In 74 games last season with the Sixers, Johnson recorded 4.6 points per game and 4.5 rebounds a game. But his leadership and especially his hustle were probably big factors into a return to Philadelphia.

It’s probably safe to assume Kyle O’Quinn won’t be a Sixer. He was garnering some interest from the Sixers earlier in the free agency period.

Carry on with the rest of your Fourth of July activities.