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Right Now the Chasm Between Jayson Tatum and Markelle Fultz is a Deep and Dark One

Coggin Toboggan - October 17, 2018

I caught myself doing a slight fist-pump three minutes into the second quarter of the 76ers game as Markelle Fultz nailed a 14-foot jump shot for his first points of the year. I found myself saying out-loud in an empty room that his shot “didn’t look THAT bad.”

It didn’t look that bad?

I’m happy that the 2017 NBA draft #1 overall pick’s 14-foot jump shot didn’t look THAT bad?

There would be no more fist pumps after that moment. Just depression. And frustration.

Three minutes into the second quarter Fultz notched his first points of the game after taking only three shots. Until that point he was largely invisible, just a nondescript player bringing the ball up the court, immediately looking to give it up to either Ben Simmons or Joel Embiid, and then almost hoping to disappear into the comfortable area beyond the three-point line where he could observe the action undisturbed.

By the time Fultz made his first not-as-quite-herky-jerky-but-still-slowly-developing jump shot, Jayson Tatum already had 12 points and was making his impact felt on both ends of the court.

Tatum poured in another 11 points to pace the Celtics in their decisive season-opening victory over the Sixers. Fultz would spend almost the entire second half on the bench drinking Gatorade.

The chasm between the two players has never been deeper, darker, or more evident than it was last night. If you fell into the black abyss and screamed out “trust the process,” it would echo back 10-times over before you finally hit the hard, cold ground.

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Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz Went To The Gym Last Night

Kyle Scott - October 17, 2018

Good thing. Because it looks like they’re gonna need all the practice they can get.

I’m not here to cast doubt on anyone’s work ethic, or to overreact. The Sixers are going to be very good, fun and exciting this year. They’ll win a lot of games. Maybe 54 or more. But last night was such a kick in the pants because it was a reminder that, oh yeah, nothing has changed since last year.

The Process was not about being good or even great– it was about being transcendent. Being the Warriors. Winning multiple championships. This year, this specific year, is the one where the Sixers were presumed to be able to make that move into a true contender. Unfortunately, there’s nothing they or anyone can do about the Warriors, a super team for the ages, but the Celtics are a different story. They cut right through the Sixers’ path and have cemented themselves as the best team in the East, by a wide margin. These losses to the Celtics aren’t just run-of-the-mill defeats, a temporary advantage to one side in the midst of a bitter rivalry. No. Not even close. No matter how hard TNT tries to make that case. The Celtics are a class above the Sixers, and they’ve improved tremendously since last year by returning their two best players (though I think I can make a case for Jayson Tatum).

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Sports Betting Updates

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DraftKings Sportsbook Review

DraftKings Sportsbook has been live in New Jersey for over two full months now and a lot has changed since launch. While they were the first out of the gate for legal US sports betting, they now face competition from many sites, including FanDuel Sportsbook, SugarHouse Sportsbook, BetStars and others. How do they stack up and what promos does DraftKings Sportsbook offer? Let’s take a closer look. Bonus: First bet matched up to $200 Minimum

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BetStars NJ Review and $500 in Free Bets Promo

BetStars NJ launched their sports betting app which is now available for both iOS and Android, and they offering a pretty outrageous promo code and deposit bonus. Owned by The Stars Group, a Canadian-based company that powers the popular PokerStars app, BetStars is targeting DraftKings and FanDuel directly, bringing its mobile-focused product to New Jersey with an AGGRESSIVE promo and deposit bonus. Bonus: $500 in free bets and 100-1 odds on any team to win the

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Need To Know Betting Trends For The Eagles and Panthers

After seemingly getting back on track last Thursday night at MetLife Stadium, the Eagles will look to climb over the .500 mark when they host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field. The Panthers, who are 1-4 all-time in regular season games played in Philadelphia, are looking for their first road victory of the season, and they will have their work cut out for them if they hope to get it. The

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“They Always Kick Our Ass” – Observations from Celtics 105, Sixers 87

Kevin Kinkead - October 17, 2018

I shut off my computer immediately after the final buzzer last night because I knew social media was going to be a wretched hive of bullshit hot takes and overreaction.

Let’s keep it simple:

The Boston Celtics are an excellent team. Brad Stevens’ squad is incredibly athletic on the perimeter and stacked with multiple guys who can create their own shot and do a lot of dynamic things on the offensive end. Some of their bench players really should be starters on other teams (Terry Rozier) and they continue to play a defensive brand of basketball that just stifles the Sixers (and pretty much everybody else in the Eastern Conference).

So Joel Embiid is accurate when he says post-game, “This is not a rivalry. I don’t know our record against them, but it’s pretty bad. They always kick our ass. This is not a rivalry.”

Correct.

You need to beat a team before it comes a rivalry, and the Sixers are not there yet. Right now the Sixers are Pittsburgh and the Celtics are Penn State. There’s history there, sure, but the last few meetings have been pretty lopsided.

That’s the storyline moving forward. You lost to the best team in the conference on opening night. The rest of the season is about bringing yourself level with Boston and you’ve got 81 remaining games to figure it out.

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Sixers Season Preview, Over/Unders, and Pragmatic Predictions

Kevin Kinkead - October 16, 2018

Basketball is back.

We’re kicking off the NBA season with Sixers vs. Celtics on PRIME TIME NATIONAL TELEVISION, and no matter what happens tonight, you know the takes are going to be hot.

Everyone is going to have an opinion on Markelle Fultz and Brett Brown and Ben Simmons. Some of the takes will be good, more will be horrendous, and others will be neutral and pragmatic, which is what I’m going for. I’d even suggest that pragmatism IS a hot take in 2018, but that’s another column for another time.

More importantly, we’re going to have game footage to break down and analyze, and real quotes from real games. As much as I love preseason basketball, it’s time to get on with it and see what the Sixers actually have this year, as they kick it off against the Eastern Conference preseason favorite Boston Celtics, the team that knocked them out of the playoffs about five months ago.

I did the podcast with Russ last night and likened last season to a “gap year” one takes before or after college. You’re hitchhiking across America or backpacking in Kyrgyzstan, trying to find yourself and figure out what you want to do with your life. In that regard, 2017-2018 was a bridge connecting the end of the Process era to the beginning of something new and exciting. 52 wins was not what anybody expected, and at the end of the day I think most Sixers fans were more than happy with a second round playoff appearance, even if they were initially disappointed with the Celtics’ series loss.

It’s different this year. A second-round exit isn’t going to get it done. Anything short of the conference finals is a disappointment. Anything short of a top-three finish is a disappointment. Markelle Fultz coming out and failing to seek his shot would be a disappointment.

I know a portion of fans felt let down by the offseason because LeBron James, Paul George, and Kawhi Leonard all went to other teams. Turns out LeBron and PG were never coming here in the first place and the asking price for Kawhi was too high, so the Sixers stood pat, improved the bench, and decided to run it back with a 52-win team. Even if one of those three players had come to Philly, you STILL needed to see internal growth and development from Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Markelle Fultz. Adding a high-priced free agent was not an automatic solution to the problems that lost you the Boston series, but a complementary move that would theoretically put you over the hump and into the NBA finals.

What the Sixers have right now is good enough, and here’s what I need to see from every player and the head coach if this squad is going to reach the NBA finals:

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NBC Sports Rolls Out New “MyTeams” App

Kevin Kinkead - October 16, 2018

I’m not a cord-cutter, but I hope to be in the near future.

We’re still hooked up to FIOS up here in Fishtown, so if I’m not watching the Sixers or Flyers or Phillies on TV, the routine has been to log in to NBC Sports Philadelphia via our cable provider and stream the games on my laptop. Then my wife watches Below Deck or The Real Housewives or whatever is on Bravo.

It’s been possible to stream games on the NBC Sports app since 2014, and a new service also allows you to stream local non-game footage from out of market locations.

Now NBC Sports is running out another app for Philly fans.

Writes Rob Tornoe at Philly.com:

Dubbed the MYTeams app, NBC Sports’ new mobile and tablet app wraps up coverage from NBC’s 11 regional sports networks, including NBC Sports Philadelphia, into an interface that focuses on team verticals. There’s not even a home screen — just a slider at the bottom that lets fans scan for live video, highlights, and stories across all the teams they decide to follow.

“There’s a difference between how we cover sports in Philadelphia, especially as it relates to the voice and tone of our coverage versus NBC Sports,” David Preschlack, president of NBC Sports Regional Networks, said. “I mean, we’re communicating to Philly fans in a really different way that Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison are on Sunday night, so there’s a different value to viewers.”

Fans will still need a cable subscription to view live game coverage, and the app is only available on smartphones and tablets, meaning viewers will still use the NBC Sports app to stream games on their television. Still, Preschlack said, the app is the largest non-game investment in the regional sports network’s history. The network hopes the app will counter a narrative in Philadelphia that NBC Sports is cutting back.

My first thought is that I’d rather have fewer apps than more apps. I remember when Facebook rolled out their messenger app, which was totally separate from the main app and took up a lot of space on your device. That was sort of a head-scratcher. In that regard, I’d prefer NBC just roll these two apps together.

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積極和消極 – Observations from Mavericks 115, Sixers 112

Kevin Kinkead - October 8, 2018

Gotta admit, I could get used to these morning games.

However –

That was the last one of the season. Your team, your town, your 76ers are headed home from China and will turn their attention to the Boston Celtics for the 2018-2019 season opener, now just one week away.

Observations from Tuesday’s meaningless loss to the Dallas Mavericks in Shenzhen:

  • 9 for 34 from three is not great (26.5%)
  • Dario Saric got a rest, which Keith Pompey reports is day-to-day lower back soreness, allowing Mike Muscala to start. He didn’t have an amazing shooting night, just 1-5 overall with five rebounds and and a pair of turnovers, but I specifically liked this trailing big three pointer:

That’s an effective transition look there because Joel Embiid has a mismatch in the post, which occupies bodies and draws attention more than Muscala or Saric going down there or standing in the corner. Good job by Simmons to dump that ball and wall off Salah Mejri, who is in no man’s land trying to get back on Embiid. Oftentimes you’ll see Embiid take that trailing three, since he’s under the defensive rim and a little slower to get down the floor.

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Shanghai Calling: Observations from Sixers 120, Mavericks 114

Kevin Kinkead - October 5, 2018

Gotta admit, the last 12 hours have been really weird.

I fell asleep at midnight while the Flyers were still playing, then woke up at 7:25 a.m. and turned on the Sixers preseason game. I guess that’s what happens when the ice hockey team is playing out west and the basketball team is playing in the far east.

Anyway, good exercise for the Sixers in Shanghai. They started slow and looked a little sleepy, a little jet laggy, but turned it on in the second half and showed us some positive things as we head into Monday’s final preseason game, another matchup with the Dallas Mavericks in China.

Here’s what I wrote down while watching the game and editing Anthony’s Flyers story:

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The Sixers Are Partnering With Beats by Dre

Kevin Kinkead - October 5, 2018

Press release:

The Philadelphia 76ers announced today that Beats by Dr. Dre (Beats), the leading global premium headphone brand, will serve as an official partner of the team. The entities have agreed to a multi-year deal, terms of which were not disclosed.

Last month, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Beats announced a comprehensive marketing and merchandising partnership, making Beats the official headphone, wireless speaker and audio partner of the NBA. As part of its league deal, Beats plans to launch a line of NBA team-branded headphones.

Philadelphia 76ers guard-forward and 2018 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons, who posted 12 triple-doubles in his debut season, serves as a brand ambassador for Beats, along with several other NBA stars. This past summer, he joined Beats in Melbourne, Australia to speak to and meet with young athlete students from his former high school. He was also one of the faces of the brand’s collaboration with UNDEFEATED earlier this year and appeared in Beats’ “Got No Strings” holiday campaign in 2016.

The release goes on to say that Simmons was provided a new product which he gifted to teammates ahead of the China trip. There are LED billboards in Shanghai and Shenzhen featuring Simmons’ likeness:

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