Posts for @sixers

By Reducing Employee Pay, the Sixers are Taking an Unnecessary Hit in the Goodwill and Optics Department

Kevin Kinkead - March 24, 2020

Monday night, Marc Stein reported that Sixers and Devils at-will employees making more than $50,000 were informed that they would be subject to “temporary salary reductions of up to 20 percent”, a policy that would start on April 15th and continue through June. Stein went on to say that members of the coaching staff and front office were also asked to participate, but cannot be forced to do so.

This caused a huge stir on social media and it’s all over the radio this morning, confirmed by the Sixers in a statement that reads like this:

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Does the Public Have a Right to Know Which Athletes Tested Positive for COVID-19?

Kevin Kinkead - March 23, 2020

Not even a global pandemic can put a stop to Angelo Cataldi’s fake outrage routine.

I thought Angelo might change up his approach during a health crisis, but today he decided to tweet this out:

Alright, I’ll bite.

There’s actually a reasonable question buried in there, a question about privacy vs. public health. But first, some background information:

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Sixers Small Ball is Fun to Watch, But is it Defensively Viable?

Kevin Kinkead - March 11, 2020

The Sixers didn’t lose three of four games on the west coast road trip because of offensive struggles.

Brett Brown’s team put up point totals of 130, 107, 125, and 114 en route to just one California win, shooting 43.5% from three point range, which made them the NBA’s second-best team from beyond the arc during that stretch. They mustered a #2 overall 122.2 offensive rating while playing small, spreading the floor, moving the basketball, and lighting it up from distance.

The problem is that they simultaneously posted a league-worst 123.6 defensive rating during that stretch, leading to a negative net rating overall. The absences of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons absolutely crushed them on the defensive side of the ball.

Embiid is listed as questionable for tonight’s game against Detroit, and if he doesn’t go, you’re probably looking at more of the same small ball, with Mike Scott playing faux-center behind Al Horford while Norvel Pelle and Kyle O’Quinn remain on the bench.

Surely those two might help on the interior, right? Perhaps, though Brett Brown had to this to say on Tuesday about giving his backup bigs more playing time:

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Philly Health Commissioner Wants Us to Avoid Gatherings of 5,000 or More People

Kevin Kinkead - March 10, 2020

Let’s get it back to the Coronavirus.

It looks like we’re destined for more cancellations, or empty arenas, or whatever other precautions people can come up with:

The Flyers play home games tonight and Saturday, while the Sixers are at the Center on Wednesday and Saturday. The Phillies are still in Florida and the Union home opener is on Saturday, but takes place in Delco.

This news comes after the first case of Covid-19 was reported in Philly on Tuesday.

Writes Anna Orso at the Inquirer: 

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Book Review – “Tanking to the Top,” by Yaron Weitzman

Kevin Kinkead - March 9, 2020

Ask Yaron Weitzman and he’ll probably tell you that his book is coming out at an unfortunate time.

It’s called Tanking to the Top, “The Philadelphia 76ers and the most audacious process in the history of professional sports.” The problem is that the Sixers aren’t anywhere near the top right now, and are embroiled in one of the more frustrating and exhausting seasons any local team has given us in recent years, so Weitzman of course was bombarded with people asking him about the title, to which he replied:

The topic of Sam Hinkie and the Process will likely be relevant as long as Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and Brett Brown remain with the Sixers. We constantly re-litigate the Process in this city, and with the team not playing very well right now, this is as good a time as any to dive into Yaron’s book, which is available for pre-order and will officially be released on March 17th. We got an advanced copy to look over.

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The Worst of Philadelphia, 2020 Edition – Down to 12

Kevin Kinkead - March 9, 2020

The Coronavirus won’t be affecting this tournament.

It’s Crossing Broad’s “The Worst of Philadelphia, 2020 Edition,” and we’re down to 12 contenders after the first round of voting wrapped up this past weekend.

It’s a stacked field this year, with truly hideous entities like the Philadelphia Parking Authority and the city wage tax vying for the title of King Nothing, which was a good Metallica song back in the day, even if that album kind of sucked.

Up first, it’s the REIGNING, DEFENDING, UNDISPUTED champion of the world, the Schuylkill Expressway, taking on the #4 seed, “finding a parking spot” –

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The Sixers Win a Road Game – Observations from Philly 125, Kings 108

Kevin Kinkead - March 6, 2020

Stop the presses.

The Sixers won a road game, and they did it without Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Josh Richardson. The road losing streak comes to an end at nine games.

It was fun to watch, wasn’t it? We saw a lot of the same small ball and five-out possessions we saw in Los Angeles, only this time the Sixers didn’t have to deal with Anthony Davis and LeBron James on the defensive end. They held up much better against a smaller Kings team that wasn’t able to capitalize on the Philly’s lack of interior presence.

The result was a more open game, where the Sixers were able to turn the Kings over, hammer them on the offensive glass, and ultimately muster 17 more field goals, winning the total attempts battle by a whopping 96-79 margin. They used that volume advantage to fire up 37 three pointers, hitting 17 in the process, and using their effective perimeter shooting to kill off myriad Sacramento runs.

And this guy played his best game in a long time:

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Is “Four for Four” a Crock of Crap? Setting the Record Straight With Anthony Gargano

Kevin Kinkead - March 3, 2020

Earlier today, I offered a Twitter take in response to the topic of today’s midday show on 97.5 the Fanatic:

Allow me to elaborate:

I think most Philadelphia sports fans would like to see the teams representing the “four major sports” do well. You’d be hard-pressed to find an Eagles fan pulling for the Phillies to lose, and vice versa. However, I’d argue that most people really only give a true shit about 2-3 of the teams while not really spending time or energy on the others.


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