P.J. Carlesimo to Join Sixers’ Coaching Staff?

According to a report from David Aldridge of NBA.com, the Sixers will hire P.J. Carlesimo as associate head coach | Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

According to a report from David Aldridge of NBA.com, the Sixers will hire P.J. Carlesimo as associate head coach | Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

According to David Aldridge of NBA.com, the Philadelphia 76ers will add P.J. Carlesimo to Brett Brown‘s coaching staff. Carlesimo will replace Mike D’Antoni as associate head coach.

A spot on head coach Brett Brown’s staff opened up when the Houston Rockets hired Mike D’Antoni to be their next head coach. D’Antoni was added to Brown’s staff in December.

The hiring may not yet be official, however. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, head coach Brett Brown is still evaluating candidates and does not have a timetable on when that decision will be reached.

Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer initially reported that Carlesimo was a possibility.

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President Obama Will Host Villanova Wildcats at White House

It’s back-to-back good news for the Villanova Wildcats.

The Villanova basketball team is scheduled to visit President Obama at the White House next Tuesday for an honorary ceremony celebrating their NCAA championship win in April.

The announcement came just as Josh Hart declared he’s returning to the defending national champion team for his senior season. Read more »

Only Phillies Player Who Can Hit Benched for Not Hustling

Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera.

Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera.

Odubel Herrera went 3-for-4 last night. But it was his only out of the game that made Phillies manager Pete Mackanin upset. That’s because Herrera — who grounded out to the Tigers pitcher, Justin Wilson — lolly-gagged it to first base.

Normally, it wouldn’t have mattered. But Wilson stumbled, and was just as lackadaisical throwing to first as Herrera was jogging to first. Wilson’s throw just beat Herrera, but if Herrera had run it out — he might’ve been safe.

It’s possible to think of it this way: If Herrera had hustled, Wilson would have as well. He would’ve been out no matter what. But Mackanin looked at it this way: Here was a player who needed to be benched. Herrera is the only hitter on the Phillies having a good season; to bench the only good hitter on the team in 2016 would be silly. But: If you wanted to teach a 24-year-old a lesson, this was a good time.

Mackanin did the latter. The Phillies lost. How should we take this? Read more »

Dear Eagles: Please Trade Sam Bradford Already

(Photo by: Jeff Fusco)

(Photo | Jeff Fusco)

Sam Bradford officially came back to the Philadelphia Eagles a couple of days back when he faced the music of a prying media on the subject of his two-week holdout. And it was a painful comeback.

Bradford came off as a man resigned to the fact that he is not long for the team, saying he’d have to be “pretty naïve” to think he was in the long-range plans of the Eagles, now that they have drafted Carson Wentz.

In other words, Bradford is going to attempt to play this season as a lame duck quarterback, a man who must preserve himself from injury through a long NFL season in order to have another team interested in his services at the end of this year. That should engender a lot of confidence in him from this cryptic fan base, which will notice every yard Bradford does not put his body on the line for out of fear that he’ll get clocked. Read more »

76ers Musings: Draft Best Player Available

Should the Sixers draft Brandon Ingram because of their need for perimeter shooting? | Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Should the Sixers draft Brandon Ingram because of their need for perimeter shooting? | Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

With so much going on in the world of the Sixers, I’ve decided to start a weekly column focusing on quick-hitting thoughts on a handful of topics relevant to the team.

We’ll call it Monday Morning Sixers Musings, volume 1.

Draft the best player available

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Sixers Future Comes Back Into Focus After Lottery Luck

Adding Ben Simmons would bring some level of certainty to the Sixers rebuild | Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Adding Ben Simmons would bring some level of certainty to the Sixers rebuild | Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Much of the debate — that never-ending debate — over the merits of the Sixers rebuild has centered around the uncertainty of it.

Three years in and the 76ers had little certainty over how their future would look, over who would lead them, over which prospect made all this losing worthwhile. Uncertainty which, to many, represented a lack of progress. A lack of progress which represented failure.

That’s the trap of measuring the progress of a rebuild in a snapshot of time.

The thing about the Sixers rebuild is it always had the chance to turn on a dime. That one stroke of luck — luck that is required for any plan, of any team, trying to go from bad to great to be successful — and the view of the rebuild, of the entire future of the franchise, would look entirely different.

That stroke of luck finally arrived on Tuesday night.

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The Phillies Are One of Baseball’s Best Teams — But for How Long?

Andres Blanco reacts in the dugout after scoring during the third inning of a May 18th game against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park.

Andres Blanco reacts in the dugout after scoring during the third inning of a May 18th game against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies beat the Marlins, 4-2, on Wednesday night. It was the Phils’ fourth straight series win and improved their record to 24-17. If the season ended now — a popular refrain in stories about the surprising Phillies currently — they would be in the playoffs as the first Wild Card. They are 1.5 games ahead.

And, yet, they’ve been outscored this year. Though tied for sixth in baseball in wins, the Phillies are just 23rd in run differential. The Phillies’ opponents have outscored them by 28 runs this season.  Read more »

Sixers To Work Out Taurean Prince, Jaron Blossomgame, Among Others

The Sixers are scheduled to work out St. Joseph's forward Isaiah Miles tomorrow at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine | James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixers are scheduled to work out St. Joseph’s forward Isaiah Miles tomorrow at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine | James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixers announced that they will work out an additional six players tomorrow at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, a group which includes St. Joseph’s forward Isaiah Miles.

The full list is as follows:

Taurean Prince (Baylor)
Fred VanVleet (Wichita State)
Maodo Lo (Columbia)
Isaiah Miles (St. Joseph’s)
Winston Shepard (San Diego State)
Jaron Blossomgame (Clemson)

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Jahlil Okafor Voted to NBA’s All-Rookie First Team

Jahlil Okafor (25 points) and Ish Smith (16) were instrumental in the Sixers 114-89 win over the Portland Trailblazers | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Sixers center Jahlil Okafor has been voted to the NBA’s All-Rookie First Team | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Sixers center Jahlil Okafor has been nominated to the NBA’s All-Rookie First Team, the NBA announced today.

Okafor joins Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns, New York’s Kristaps Porzingis, Phoenix’s Devin Booker, and Denver’s Nikola Jokic on the first team. Justise Winslow, D’Angelo Russell, Emmanuel Mudiay, Myles Turner, and Willie Cauley-Stein made up the second team.

Okafor’s 71 first team votes were the 5th highest among rookies, behind Towns (130), Porzingis (130), Booker (103), and Jokic (73). Okafor also received 44 second place votes, meaning he was on 117 out of a possible 130 ballots.

Sixers point guard T.J. McConnell also received 7 total votes, including two first team votes.

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Lottery Fallout: Sixers Will Receive Sacramento’s Unprotected Draft Pick in 2019

Vlade Divac, vice president of basketball operations and general manager of the Sacramento Kings | Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Vlade Divac, vice president of basketball operations and general manager of the Sacramento Kings | Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Last summer, the Philadelphia 76ers made a trade with the Sacramento Kings where they received Nik Stauskas, Carl Landry, Jason Thompson, the right to swap picks with the Kings (at the Sixers’ discretion) in both 2016 and 2017, as well as a future first round pick.

All the Sixers gave up in this deal were the 47th and 60th picks in the 2015 draft, as well as a little bit of short-term salary cap flexibility.

After the results of Tuesday night’s lottery, that future draft pick the Kings owe the Sixers just became a little bit more valuable.

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