Phillies, City Unveil New Ryan Howard Youth Baseball Facility

Ryan Howard, along with members of the Monarchs, the Phillies youth squad and the Phillie Phonetic.

Ryan Howard, along with members of the Monarchs, the Phillies youth squad.

The City, along with the Phillies and Major League Baseball, unveiled the new Ryan Howard Training Center at the Marian Anderson Recreation Center in South Philadelphia Thursday. The 7,500 square foot training center was added  to the existing recreation center, and is state of the art.

“This is what our children deserve, this is what our children are meant to experience,” said Mayor Jim Kenney, who added that growing up, he didn’t have these kinds of facilities. Read more »

WATCH: Did Pikachu Give Crowd the Finger at Phillies Game?

Pikachu on the field at Citizens Bank Park, flipping off fans

I know what you’re going to say: It seems unlikely the Phillies would have a guy run around in a costume of the best-known Pokémon and have him flip off the Crowd at Citizens Bank Park.

But, c’mon! What else does this possibly look like? Pikachu runs onto the field and immediately tells Phillies fans where they can stick it. Read more »

48 Years Ago, the Sixers Traded Wilt Chamberlain to the Lakers

Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia 76ers gets champagne poured on him on April 12, 1967, in the 76ers dressing room after Philadelphia defeated the Boston Celtics 140-116 to win the Eastern Division NBA championship. Surrounding Chamberlain are from the left are Bob Weiss, Matt Guokas, Wally Jones and Dave Gambee. AP Photo

Wilt Chamberlain gets champagne poured on him on April 12, 1967, after Philadelphia defeated the Boston Celtics 140-116 to win the Eastern Division NBA championship. Surrounding Chamberlain are from the left are Bob Weiss, Matt Guokas, Wally Jones and Dave Gambee. AP Photo

Forty-eight years ago tomorrow, the Philadelphia 76ers traded their then-32-year-old center, seven-foot-one-inch Wilt Chamberlain, to the Los Angeles Lakers. The pride of Overbrook High, who’d won one NBA title with the Sixers (in 1967), would go on to the finals with the Lakers four times and win the title in 1972. Who’d we get in return for him? Jerry Chambers, Archie Clark and Darrall Imhoff. Uh-huh. To mark the occasion, here are a few of the highlights of Wilt the Stilt’s illustrious life.  Read more »

Jerryd Bayless Fits in Well with Ben Simmons and the 76ers

Jerryd Bayless' fit with Ben Simmons should allow him to be effective in his role | Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Jerryd Bayless’ fit with Ben Simmons should allow him to be effective in his role | Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

According to Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press, the Philadelphia 76ers and free agent combo guard Jerryd Bayless have come to terms on a three-year, $27 million contract.

The contract cannot become official until the league-wide moratorium is lifted on July 7th.

The move was a relatively small splash for a team expected to be active in free agency, although with anywhere from $42 million to $60 million in cap space still remaining (depending on non-guaranteed contracts and cap holds), the Sixers are not necessarily finished in free agency.

Who is Jerryd Bayless? Does his signing help the Sixers? Is his contract fair?

Read more »

Ben Simmons Signs Rookie Contract with 76ers

Ben Simmons has signed his rookie contract with the Philadelphia 76ers | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Simmons has signed his rookie contract with the Philadelphia 76ers | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Simmons has signed his rookie contract, the Australian forward announced today on twitter.

While NBA rookies do not need to have signed their contract prior to participating in summer league action, it seems as if Simmons and his agent, Rich Paul, may not have been willing to play until the contract was finalized. As Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported earlier today, Simmons was not yet in Utah when the Sixers began practicing in preparation for the summer league earlier this afternoon.

With the contract now finalized, that should clear the way for Simmons’ participation in both the Utah Summer League and the Las Vegas Summer league.

Read more »

Ben Simmons Headlines Sixers Summer League Roster

Ben Simmons | Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Simmons will play for the Sixers in summer league competition | Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers released the roster that will compete in the Utah Jazz and Samsung (Las Vegas) NBA Summer Leagues, which does include #1 overall pick Ben Simmons.

Simmons created a little bit of concern over whether or not he would compete in summer league play during his introductory press conference last week when he directed inquiries about his participation to his agent.

Simmons headlines a group that includes second year players T.J. McConnell, Richaun Holmes, and Christian Wood. It also includes fellow 2016 draft pick Timothe Luwawu, as well as undrafted free agents such as Alex Caruso (Texas A&M), James Web III (Boise State), and Maodo Lo (Columbia).

Read more »

Phillies Minor Leaguer Loses Eye in Freak Stretching Accident

A photo posted by Matt Imhof (@matt_imhof48) on

Matt Imhof, a Phillies minor leaguer who was drafted in the second round of the 2014 MLB amateur draft, has lost his eye in a freak stretching accident.

Imhof hurt his right eye when he was stretching after a game last Friday. A piece of metal equipment “malfunctioned,” according to ESPN, and struck Imhof in the right eye. He was rushed to the hospital and had surgery. Read more »

Report: Dario Saric Says He Will Sign with the Sixers this Summer

Dario Saric, selected 12th overall in the 2014 NBA draft, insists that he will join the Sixers next summer | Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Dario Saric, selected 12th overall in the 2014 NBA draft, insists that he will join the Sixers next summer | Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

According to a report from Slobodna Dalmacija, a Croatian newspaper, Dario Saric has informed reporters that he will join the Sixers this summer once the Olympic qualifying tournaments are complete.

Saric is currently in Croatia training for the Olympic qualifying tournament, which will be held from July 4th through July 9th.

Saric has one more year remaining on his contract with Anadolu Efes in Turkey, but he has a buyout which could allow him to get out of that contract and come over to the NBA this summer.

While there are financial incentives for Saric to wait one more year and avoid the NBA’s rookie scale, Saric has been steadfast in his insistence he will come over at the first possible opportunity, which happens to be this summer. Today’s comments are perhaps the most definitive yet from the Croatian forward.

Read more »

Sixers to Pick Up Team Option for Hollis Thompson

The Sixers will pick up the team option for 2016-17 on Hollis Thompson's contract, according to multiple sources | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixers will pick up the team option for 2016-17 on Hollis Thompson’s contract, according to multiple sources | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers will pick up Hollis Thompson‘s option for the 2016-17 season, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.

The option, which has to be decided upon by the end of business day today, is the final year of the four-year contract Thompson signed prior to the 2013-14 season and could pay him just over $1 million for the upcoming year.

Thompson averaged 9.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 28 minutes per game last season, shooting 38 percent from three-point range in the process. Thompson has connected on 39.1 percent of the 846 three-point shots he’s taken during his three-year NBA career, a skill the Sixers will need when looking to build a half court offense around Ben Simmons.

Read more »

« Older Posts