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BLEEP! My alarm goes off, game day is finally here! At age 21, I have been a fan of the NBA for the last six years of my life. Never did I imagine the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Philadelphia 76ers would be playing a game in my home ci...
BLEEP! My alarm goes off, game day is finally here! At age 21, I have been a fan of the NBA for the last six years of my life. Never did I imagine the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Philadelphia 76ers would be playing a game in my home city, Manchester. The only way this day could have got any better was if my beloved Charlotte Bobcats were making the trip across the pond, but you can’t have everything! I was excited to meet other basketball fans and have intelligent arguments with them over who’s going to be the front-runner for 6th man of the year and how OKC will compensate with Russell Westbrook being injured. However, I spent most of the day meeting confused fans such as the guy sitting next to me wearing a Kevin Garnett Celtics jersey and Kobe Bryant Lakers hat. Dude seriously? I also spotted a woman in attendance in heels and a skirt which was way too short for the occasion, did she know she was attending a basketball game!? This is the story of my experience from the 76ers vs. Thunder game in Manchester, all I can say is I am embarrassed to be British… Before the game I visited the NBA Fanzone which was set up in the Manchester city centre. They had shooting competitions and had “NBA legends” in attendance such as John “I recently came out” Amaechi and Peja “apparently now I’m a legend” Stojakovic. They also had some of the 76ers players come down. The NBA Fanzone presenter gave each player a big introduction and  heralded the “NBA stars” Tim Ohlbrecht and Vander Blue. As each was introduced there were various loud whispers of “who are they?” from the surrounding fans. I looked around and everyone’s face was blank, so I proceeded to inform a crowd of thirty or so people who they were and where they had played. It didn’t really matter to the fans, they still wanted autographs and pictures just because they had been told these guys were famous. However, the autograph session was cut short when a fan decided to dunk his missed FT attempt and shattered the backboard. But, onto the game itself. I arrived at the terribly named Phones 4u Arena and sat in my terribly cheap seats.  The game must have only sold about 80-percent of its tickets as I could see huge amounts of empty seats in the lower tier. In fact, there were so many empties, I was able to successfully sneak just fifteen rows from the court in seats worth over $280 apiece. To put that price into perspective, I could go to 35 Bobcats games for that price and based on this story from the Sixers last season, possibly the entire set of home games. Affordability is one area that the Global Games must focus on in the future if they want to sell out and be successful. Upon arrival I handed out a little NBA quiz which covered the 76ers and Thunder as I wanted to gauge the interest and knowledge of the British fans. I use the term British fans lightly, as I met people from Poland, Germany, Spain, Brazil, France and Denmark and that was just the people sitting next to me, I guess it is called the “Global Games” for a reason. My “upgraded seats” to Tuesday’s game. There was a group of Irish guys behind me who shouted “You couldn’t score in a brothel” on more than one occasion and were debating if the 76ers Cheerleaders were lining up in a 4-4-2 soccer formation. This is the British basketball fan. In fact, I’m willing to bet that I heard more people talking about Manchester United’s struggles and David Moyes getting fired than I heard basketball discussion. But back to the quiz, when asking people, “do you have a good amount of NBA knowledge?” about 75-percent of people nodded and said “yes of course”. Below is the quiz I handed out, and the most entertaining answers I received. 1)      Which player led the 76ers in scoring last season? Tyreke Evans/Allen Iverson 2)      Where did the Thunder franchise play before Oklahoma? Memphis 3)      Who did the 76ers select in the 2013 NBA draft? Tim Freidrich 4
about 6 hours ago
While watching yesterday's Sixers-Thunder game, I thought back to March 30, 2010. Allow me to explain. On that night, the Sixers, gearing up for the home stretch of Tankapalooza 2010 and playing out the string with Eddie Jordan's tradem...
While watching yesterday's Sixers-Thunder game, I thought back to March 30, 2010. Allow me to explain. On that night, the Sixers, gearing up for the home stretch of Tankapalooza 2010 and playing out the string with Eddie Jordan's trademark brand of "Harmony and Effort," were hosting an up-and-coming Oklahoma City team that would valiantly bow out to the eventual champion Lakers in a memorable six games later that spring. Unsurprisingly, the Thunder cruised to a fairly mundane 111-93 victory. I was in attendance that night, excited to catch an in-person glimpse of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden. And although the dynamic young trio combined for 48 points, admittedly not a particularly high number for players of their caliber, my only recollection of the on-court action isn't of a step-back jumper, monstrous dunk, or Euro step. Instead, the memory is of Scott Brooks, in his first full season as Thunder head coach, schooling Durant, Harden and Serge Ibaka on defensive assignments during stoppages. All of the players excitedly conversed with their coach, embracing the process of improving together as a unit. A mental note was made: These guys are locked in, and more importantly, they're building something special. As much as basketball coverage has improved from the added emphasis on things like shot selection, five-man units, and defensive rotations, culture is still critically important. In a star-driven league, mantras like "Pounding the Rock" and "Ubuntu" have played a major part in recent examples of sustained success. Sure, they're just words, but they're words that represent teams collectively sharing and striving for a common goal. This stuff is important. Before LeBron James and the luxury tax presented major obstacles to winning a title, the Thunder had the culture thing down pat. Even with maddening tendencies like a comically predictable late-game offense and an insistence on playing the wrong players at crucial junctures, they were not simply just an insanely talented team, but also a cohesive unit. Even with Harden now in Houston, the Thunder still have an extremely tight-knit locker room. Brett Brown inherits a situation far different than the hand Brooks was initially dealt. There are zero surefire all-league talents in Philadelphia waiting for Brown, who has spent his entire NBA coaching career within the Spurs organization, learning their ultra-successful culture. Brooks never had to manage a roster like the 2013-14 Philadelphia 76ers, one that is shorthanded by design. How do you start constructing something that barely exists? Brown has mentioned fitness, up-tempo offense, and sound defense as the primary goals for his team. In the initial two preseason games, the Sixers found creative ways to push the ball in transition, but I'm skeptical of that particular style of play translating to regular season games. Conversely, the team's inability to execute Brown's defensive scheme was jarring, as the Thunder were able to create wide-open three after wide-open three. Again, it was only two preseason games, which certainly aren't anything to get worked up over either way. That said, how do you start to implement a defensive system if half of the roster doesn't have the ability to execute it at even a below-average NBA level? In one sense, I want Brown to become a mad scientist and experiment with things like "Spencer Hawes: Stretch Five" and "relentlessly pushing the ball after made field goals with a three-guard lineup" because he simply has the leeway to try some stuff. On the other hand, I'd like Brown to install efficient offensive and defensive systems that players like Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel can grow accustomed to, even if the team's talent dictates that they're not very efficient. Balancing experimentation and implementation will be a tricky proposition for Brown as his team most likely plummets to 60 losses. Next year, with Noel hopefully at 100 percent and potent
about 6 hours ago
Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports Tuesday, the Philadelphia 76ers took on the Russell Westbrook-less Oklahoma City Thunder in a preseason matchup. Philly showed some promise in certain areas, but also revealed some weaknesses. Overall, free...
Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports Tuesday, the Philadelphia 76ers took on the Russell Westbrook-less Oklahoma City Thunder in a preseason matchup. Philly showed some promise in certain areas, but also revealed some weaknesses. Overall, free throw shooting may be hard to come by as the team only shot 61 percent from the line. But, the shooting wasn’t all bad on Tuesday. From beyond the arc, strangely enough, the Sixers shot lights out at 40 percent. Not only that, but a few new faces contributed to the cause — a welcomed sign. Backup point guard Tony Wroten, previously with the Memphis Grizzlies, show 4-for-8 from three point range and ended the night with 20 points in just 22 minutes. He also grabbed four rebounds, dealt out three assists and came up with two steals for good measure. But, the addition of Wroten may pay off in the end if he keeps up his hot shooting at that range. Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams, who figures to be the solidified starter, also contributed going 3-for-5 on three point attempts. He shot 4-for-8 overall and ended with 11 points, four rebounds and four assists in 26 minutes. Carter-Williams will be a guy that the Sixers depend on all year long to mature quickly. Getting into the action as well was Thaddeus Young who hit both of his threes, ending the night with 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting, four rebounds and four assists to match his point guard. James Anderson and Khalif Wyatt also combined to go 3-for-8 from long range. While it’s only preseason, and the Sixers came up with a loss, there was definitely reason to be pleased with their shooting from long distance. It may end up being one of the reasons they can keep themselves in games this year while in the midst of a rebuilding year. Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. Related: Philadelphia 76ers Training Camp Profile: Michael Carter-Williams Philadelphia 76ers Training Camp Profile: Spencer Hawes
about 7 hours ago
As the 76ers began the NBA Global Games on Sunday afternoon, there was new addition to the starting lineup; that new addition was forward James Anderson.  Anderson, who has been a NBA journeyman through his first three years in the Leagu...
As the 76ers began the NBA Global Games on Sunday afternoon, there was new addition to the starting lineup; that new addition was forward James Anderson.  Anderson, who has been a NBA journeyman through his first three years in the League, is looking for his time to shine. It’s interesting to note, that Anderson and new head coach Brett Brown already have a connection.  Back in the 2010 NBA Draft, Anderson was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round with the 20th overall pick. In the 2010-11 season with the Spurs, Anderson would play in 26 games but would only start in two of them.  He averaged 3.6 points per game in 11 minutes. After that, Anderson would fall to injury with a stress fracture in his foot and he would begin to make himself a name in the NBA Development League.  Anderson was assigned the Spurs’ affiliate, the Austin Toros. With the Toros that season, Anderson played in seven games averaging 14.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 25.0 minutes per game.  Then in the 2011-12 season, he was back with the Spurs but would then begin a new journey in the 2012-13 season with the Houston Rockets. Coincidentally, Sam Hinkie used to be a part of the Houston Rockets organization and Anderson was one of his players.  In 29 games with Houston, Anderson would average four points and then would be signed as a free agent in January of that year.  After that, Anderson would find himself back in the NBA Development League with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. After his short stint with the Vipers, Anderson was re-signed by the Spurs and then waived by them.  Anderson would then find himself back in Houston where we would get more playing time.  But the question is now can James Anderson solidify his spot on the Sixers or will he be playing somewhere else or back in the NBA Development League? The 6-6 Anderson helped himself on Sunday as he scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds in 26 minutes as a starter.  Two of his points came on the fast break as Michael Carter-Williams found him for a smooth alley-oop. In yesterday’s game against the Thunder, he was back in the starting lineup but didn’t have much of an impact on the game.  Anderson scored only six points on 2-8 shooting and turned the ball over 3 times.  However he did hit two of his five 3PAs and dished out four assists. Through two preseason games, Anderson is logging 26+ minutes per contest; shooting 8-16 from the field; and 4-8 from behind the arc.  Those are extremely respectable numbers.  Brett Brown acknowledged back in September that he liked what he saw from Anderson in camp. “He’s always been a scorer, since I’ve been with him for a little bit during my Spur days.  He also did it at Oklahoma State. The three-line is going to be very important for us,” Brown told the media during training camp. So, the fact that he has started both preseason games probably means Anderson is the front runner to win a starting forward spot and it is not just Brown trying him out as part of the first-five. Anderson brings an interesting dynamic to this young team in that he is a young veteran.  Yes, I heard Steve Smith use that term on yesterday’s NBA TV broadcast as the Sixers took on the Oklahoma City Thunder but it’s the truth.  Anderson brings a lot of experience to the team because in comparison to the many of the Sixers roster, he’s been around the League for a minute and has had to fight to stay on teams and make rosters. I like his ability to put the ball in the basket.  Anderson is a big body that can score with the 3-ball or by driving to the basket.  Three-point shots and/or trips to the FT line are exactly what Hinkie and Brown are looking for on the offensive end.  I know it’s a small sample size, but you have to believe that if Anderson continues to play solid, smart ball for the rest of the preseason, then he will be a starter on opening night for the 76ers. Jovan Alford is a scribe for Philadunkia.  You can follow him on Twitter 
about 8 hours ago
Once in a while, it's nice to look back. Today marks the five year anniversary of Liberty Ballers coming into this world. And though that's an arbitrary number, it's a nice round one at which to stop and see where our footprints have tak...
Once in a while, it's nice to look back. Today marks the five year anniversary of Liberty Ballers coming into this world. And though that's an arbitrary number, it's a nice round one at which to stop and see where our footprints have taken us. Sorta seems silly to say, but my life would be tremendously different were it not for this basketball blog, and at the five-year mark before the start of a completely new era of Sixers basketball, it's the right time to reflect. It was October 9th, 2008 when a new and -- let's be honest -- not very good blog called SixerSoul.com was gobbled up by Sports Blog Nation in an attempt to finally solidify its 76ers coverage. Jordan Sams, a teenage Sixers fan from Las Vegas (?!), had a fresh voice and adorable optimism regarding Marreese Speights and the lovely people at SBN gave him a shot. There was not much of a fanbase for LB back then. The first comment was, delightfully, made my Jordan's mom (big ups to Nina, still sorry about leaving the garage door open). But our boy Jordan pushed forward and ran LB solo for almost a year. It was a fight to get people to read and comment and give a crap. He did a hell of a job. This place wouldn't come close to existing without him. Finally, he asked an enthusiastic but often misguided commenter named TheArtistFormerlyKnownAsMichaelBourn (TAFKAMB, that's me) for help. Not long after that, Tanner. Then Derek. Then Dave. And though the Sixers' ups were drowned by all of the downs, Liberty Ballers grew. We grew as writers. As a community. As people. We've been little internet friends with some of you people for longer than a lot of my real life friends. You know who you are. And last September, just after the Bynum trade, Jordan checked out. Blogging wears on you. I'd compare it to being a cop if I wasn't as aware of how ridiculous that sounded. But we as a community were strong enough to withstand a loss like that with an infusion of new talent. Brandon and Justin and Baumann and Rich and Roy and now, Sean and the Jakes. If there's one thing I'm proud of, it's the tremendous range of voices we have here, not to mention how you guys all respond to them differently. I don't think there are too many places on this here internet with that kind of rapport. That rocks. It's been five years. A lot has changed. We've survived a lot. Eddie Jordan, Andrew Bynum, the pointless return of Allen Iverson. Three years of Doug Collins. The Iguodala trade. The Jrue Holiday trade. GM searches. Coaching searches. Mascot searches. Willie Green. Darius Songaila. Francisco Elson. Jason Kapono. Monta Ellis rumors. Josh Smith rumors. A few playoff wins. Mediocracy. Lots of tanking. I met Spencer Hawes. Even more theoretical future tanking. Lucy the Giant Tanking Octopus. Andrew Bynum still. Everything about Evan Turner. Sixersing. Sixersy, Sixersest, So Sixers, Sixersing. Cannot thank all of the people who write or have written here enough -- mostly for free -- over the years. I know I speak for all of the writers in saying I have a tremendous amount of appreciation for the people who read and comment every day. There's no chance I would be the writer I am today, in any medium, if it weren't for Jordan and the good people at SBNBA giving me the chance to word vomit about the Sixers or you idiots for wasting your time reading it. I hope we've entertained you. We will continue to try. Pour one out for the Sixers of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. They're the reason we're here. As screwed up as the lot of us are, we really did come for the Sixers basketball. And in typical LB fashion, y'all stayed for the poop. We ain't goin' nowhere. Next year in Delaware. L'Chaim.
about 9 hours ago
Team Name: Detroit PistonsLast Year's Record: 29-53 (4th in Central Division)Losses: 53 of them... oh, personnel? Lawrence Frank (fired), Jose Calderon (bolted in free agency), Brandon Knight (traded), Khris Middleton (traded), Viache...
Team Name: Detroit PistonsLast Year's Record: 29-53 (4th in Central Division)Losses: 53 of them... oh, personnel? Lawrence Frank (fired), Jose Calderon (bolted in free agency), Brandon Knight (traded), Khris Middleton (traded), Viacheslav Kravtsov (traded) and Corey Maggette (expired; now with SPURS)Additions: Maurice Cheeks (hired to be head coach), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (draft), Tony Mitchell (draft), Peyton Siva (draft), Josh Smith (free agency), Brandon Jennings (trade), Chauncey Billups (free agency), Luigi Datome (free agency, Europe), Josh Harrellson (free agency) and Rasheeeeeeeeed Wallace (hired to be developmental coach) 1. What Significant Moves were made during the off-season? The Pistons made a few significant moves -- did you hear? You may have heard. You probably heard. Let's start from the top (after Frank got canned): In June, following a lengthy search and decision process, Joe Dumars hired Maurice Cheeks, a retread and Dumars' seventh head coach since becoming the Pistons' President of Basketball Operations in 2000-2001. No matter who he hired, Dumars would have a lot of work to do to put him in a better position to succeed than previous coaches. And work Dumars would do. After drafting shooter Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, forward Tony Mitchell and point guard Peyton Siva (and passing on TREY BURKE), Dumars sent shockwaves through the league and its fanbase by signing polarizing A-list free agent Josh Smith to a huge deal. A talent upgrade to be sure, but maybe not a very good fit given the Pistons' existing make up of one of the league's best young front courts in Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe. And how in Gores name will the Pistons be able to afford all three down the road? Dumars followed up the J-Smoove move by acquiring another flashy, if not overrated, name in Brandon Jennings, giving up on the disappointing and mostly just embarrassing 8th overall pick from the 2011 draft, Brandon Knight. Jennings is considered another risk because he's not a true pass-first point guard like, say, Jose Calderon or The One That Ran Away and Jennings took (and missed) a lot of bad shots in Milwaukee. That said, a fresh start in Detroit presents plenty of potential to be legitimately excited about. On somewhat of a bargain deal for the next four years, maybe he's the good kind of risk. Interestingly enough, the "wow" moves of the offseason might not even be what will matter the most. Dumars continued his active offseason by adding depth to the wing, luring 25-year-old Italian League MVP Luigi "Gigi" Datome to the Pistons despite interest from other reputable teams. Datome, an incredibly gifted shooter, could be the team's X-factor and a dark horse candidate for Rookie of the Year if he earns minutes in what is shaping up to be a crowded rotation. At worst, there could be amusing Gigli photoshops. Last, and certainly most important in the sentimental department, Dumars pleased all Pistons fans by re-signing the former Finals MVP and still-productive Chauncey Billups to a two-year deal. It doesn't absolve Dumars from criticism after ill-advisedly trading Billups five years ago, but Dumars has apologized for the errors of his ways (to Billups at least) and now Mr. Big Shot can retire in the jersey he belongs. Other moves that weren't insignificant: hiring Rasheed Wallace to coach some and collect some more techs; re-signing Will Bynum, who has great chemistry with Drummond; not amnestying Charlie Villanueva; and bringing in Josh "Jorts" Harrellson. 2. What are the team's biggest strengths? For as talent deficient and insolvent as the Pistons have been in recent years, there's no denying the talent upgrade and athleticism of this year's new-look squad. Over the last five years or so, this has been a team at or near the bottom of the league in "Watchability" and have suddenly skyrocketed to near the top by the standards of some respected NBA opinions. Of course, being interesting isn't a strength. But what make
about 10 hours ago
Despite some surprisingly strong shooting from beyond the arc, the Sixers fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder 103-99 in Manchester, UK. Credit the Sixers for keeping it close throughout what many expected to be a lopsided loss, but in the ...
Despite some surprisingly strong shooting from beyond the arc, the Sixers fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder 103-99 in Manchester, UK. Credit the Sixers for keeping it close throughout what many expected to be a lopsided loss, but in the end Kevin Durant and Co. proved tough to topple. The game started out sloppily, as preseason games tend to do, with both teams missing their first couple attempts.  The Sixers found early offense in an unlikely form, as Michael Carter-Williams and Tony Wroten, two guards who are supposed to struggle putting the ball in the basket, combined for seven made three’s, including three in the first half. Consistently connecting on these shots is a good sign for both of these guys, as adding a respectable shot would greatly add to each of their value and versatility. As they did in their victory in Bilboa, the Sixers continued to employ an up-tempo style, substituting early and often. Their offensive sets involved looking for points in the paint or open outside opportunities; the team’s new mantra, evidenced by their 30 total attempts from long range. Despite the promising play of Wroten (again), who finished with 20 points, and the semi-solid shooting of Carter-Williams, the Sixers committed too many turnovers (20) and allowed 40 points in the paint. Evan Turner continued to be an offensive option for Philadelphia, finishing with 19 points and 4 assists.  All of the other Sixer starters except James Anderson also finished with double figures. Durant, who missed some shots he would normally make early on, did his best Russell Westbrook impression, dishing out 12 assists to go with 21 points in 33 minutes of action.  His 14 point outburst in the third quarter gave the Thunder an edge they never relinquished.  Westbrook’s actually replacement, Reggie Jackson, was the game’s leading scorer, putting in 29 points along with 8 assists. Despite the loss, the team’s energy should be appreciated, as the effort was there, something Brett Brown is adamant about. “This team will play hard,” he stated during last week’s training camp. In Manchester the Sixers showed points of promise, most notably the passionate play of Wroten, the continued aggression of Evan Turner on offense, and the idea that maybe Michael Carter-Williams can make some three’s; all intriguing aspects to keep an eye on as the season creeps closer. NBA.com has highlights of the Sixers loss. Michael Kaskey-Blomain is a scribe for Philadunkia.  You can follow him on Twitter @therealmikekb. You can follow us on Twitter @philadunkia.com.
about 23 hours ago
With  the Sixers’ Global Game in Manchester, England against the Oklahoma City Thunder kicking off today, what better way to prep for the game then to hear all about what it’s like to be a Sixers fan in the U.K. from a friend...
With  the Sixers’ Global Game in Manchester, England against the Oklahoma City Thunder kicking off today, what better way to prep for the game then to hear all about what it’s like to be a Sixers fan in the U.K. from a friend to the site, Robert Covell. Covell has been following the Sixers across the pond from the early ’80s and is excited about the expansion of the NBA’s popularity in Europe in the coming years. After the jump, I’ll delve into what Covell and I talked about regarding the Sixers, the NBA’s expansion into Europe as well as what it’s like to be a fan in Euroland. First of all, although basketball is a globally popular sport, Europe’s the land of another type of roundball — especially in Manchester. Manchester is the home to Manchester United, one of the world’s most popular soccer clubs. Yesterday, during the Sixers’ venture through Manchester, Spencer Hawes even stopped into the great Old Trafford Stadium to catch a tour of the historic site. NBA fans are growing in Europe, but they’re like soccer fans in the USA. At a young age, more kids are likely to pick up a baseball, football or basketball then to kick around a soccer ball. That’s why it’s interesting that in the land of checkered colored balls, Covell found himself drawn to the brown leather one. It was his intrigue for No. 6, Julius Erving. “I became a Julius Erving fan when I read about his behind the backboard score,” said Covell. “The imagery I had in my mind of that play stuck with me until I saw it live five years later. In 1983, 20 minutes of the NBA Finals was shown on a Saturday afternoon sports show. There was Dr J. These became my Sixers.” Star power — isn’t that what draws most kids to sports fandom? I was never a soccer fan until I saw Cristiano Ronaldo play for the first time in the 2006 World Cup for Portugal. The moves he could make with a soccer ball were unlike anything I’d ever seen before in my life. Seven years later, I’m still following his career with Portugal and for Real Madrid. Why? Because players like Ronaldo don’t come around often, just like Dr. J for the Sixers. To be a true fan of a team however, you have to be able to watch the games. This is one of the obstacles that Covell has dealt with throughout his lifetime as a Sixers fan in London. “We’re five hours ahead of EST, so I can usually work out when I have to go to bed before work the next day, but that’s just if it’s a home game without overtime,” said Covell. “NBA League Pass has opened the Sixers up to me over the last three seasons. To watch every game means I can really know the team. In the past you could only get games by mail order DVD or satellite TV. It’s a difficult balance now of late nights, or trying to wait until after work the following day without hearing what the score is.” Luckily for Covell, he shouldn’t find too many Sixers fans in London to spill the beans, but in a digital age it’s harder than it looks to keep your eyes away from the games results then it was even a year ago. I know I’m updated on any Sixers updates with the Bleacher Report Sixers Stream App, not to mention my Facebook or Twitter feeds. For now however, Covell should have an easier time avoiding the scores of the red, white and blue then some of the NBA’s other teams. “The team was bigger here when Iverson was on his game,” said Covell. “Every now and then I’ll see a jersey or cap around. A guy came up to me the other day when I was wearing a Sixers top and he started telling me about Andrew Toney. I met two people from Philly in London this year and I showed them my Sixers tattoo, but you have to take it when you can get it. There’s too many Heat and Lakers fans around right now. People like success.” Success may not happen for the Sixers very soon, but in term
1 day ago
The best thing about preseason is probably that you can root for the Sixers to win without any guilt. The standings don't matter, but wins are cool and will be rare during the season. So it's rather unfortunate that they have to face of...
The best thing about preseason is probably that you can root for the Sixers to win without any guilt. The standings don't matter, but wins are cool and will be rare during the season. So it's rather unfortunate that they have to face off against the Thunder. Because the Thunder are really, really good. Many have argued that they are the best team in the league when healthy, even over the two time defending champion Heat. They are still excellent without runaway bowling ball Russell Westbrook, who should be out for the first month of the season or so, because they have a top-2 NBA player on the roster who will just kill you. Kevin Durant is not nice. But their bench is what you want to watch for, as the Thunder are in one of those "championship windows" that teams supposedly have, and they have young players that would be welcome additions to the Sixers franchise. You've seen speculation on trades including Jeremy Lamb, Perry Jones, and others. Lamb got 31 minutes in the Thunder's first preseason game against Fenerbahce, and he figures to be a major part of the rotation this year. Begin your fawning now! For more, here's a cool game preview from Liberty Ballers member Tom Hurley. Oh, and Khalif Wyatt will play today, per our man Keith Pompey, for those interested. Game's on NBA TV.
1 day ago
Preseason or not, the 76ers want to fly back to Philadelphia Wednesday with an undefeated record.
Preseason or not, the 76ers want to fly back to Philadelphia Wednesday with an undefeated record.
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